Ben Franks is a researcher in skill acquisition at the University Campus in Football Business (UCFB) based at Wembley in London and he is also a goalkeeper coach. His research studied visual search behaviour in elite goalkeepers and sought to explore how they use their eyes to help them with anticipatory decision making.

This episode is made of 2 halves. The first half delves into the research and explores a range of challenging topics in ecological dynamics. The second half is more practical where we explore the implications of this research for coaches and how we can better create learning environments that help players with decision making and anticipation.

Hope you enjoy

Ben blogs at

He can be found 'rattling cages' on Twitter at


Olly Logan is 'Analysis Lead' at British Swimming. This is a rather misleading title as it doesn't really do justice to the role that Olly plays in supporting the development of elite British swimmers. As you will see from this conversation Olly's role is about using analysis, data, research and skill acquisition knowledge to devise interventions that will help the best get better.

In this fascinating conversation we explore a range of topics including:

  • Why all road cyclists should do cyclo-cross

  • Why we should keep the 'technical groove' as shallow as possible for as long as possible

  • His very different take on 'the rule of 3'

  • The ways he helped an existing Olympic Champion to become even better

This is one not to be missed...


It is hard to describe what Jamie Edwards does. It is probably most accurate to describe him as a 'performance coach'. He helps people to become the best versions of themselves. He has worked with some of the most famous sports stars that the UK has produced but that is only half of the story. The real work is the work he does with young people to help to equip them for the journey ahead...

Jamie has had a profound impact on my life in so many ways and some of his teachings have helps me to support someone close to me to recover from a serious crisis. His stuff is good, it is practical and it works!!

In this episode we discuss the difference between chats and conversations, the power of 'de-labelling', how psychological archetypes and metaphors can enhance performance and how to help people to develop the tools and skills to help them navigate through the challenges that they will face in sport and life.

It's a long one...but I think its worth the investment in time.


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