Sports Clubs – Retention Is More Important Than Growth.

When it comes to involvement in sport, we are still using growth as the measure of success. Government and sports governing bodies will use the increase in participants as a badge of honour, to prove how healthy they are. We have increased participation by 10% this year, therefore our sport must be doing well. I […]

Coaches – How You Make Someone Feel Is More Important Than What You Know.

A lot has been written about the impact of technology in society today, particularly smart phones and social media. One of the biggest changes has been that we now have the answer to any question we might want to answer in our pocket. All we need to do is Google it. For sports – and […]

How Might We Stop the Weaponisation of Coaching?

One of the trends that concerns me the most in sports coaching today is what a clever-person described to me as the “weaponisation” of coaching. By this, I mean the use of fancy terminology or acronyms that evidences how much knowledge a coach has. The more a coach can weaponise their knowledge — the more […]

How Might We Get Clubs to Work Together for the Benefit of our Sports?

In the long history of humankind, those who learned to collaborate most effectively have prevailed. However, in the world of competitive sport, there is often a fear of allowing competitors to see how you go about your business, in case they steal your ideas. Clubs, athletes and coaches are often convinced their way of doing […]

Do We Have the Right People Coaching Our Talented Young Athletes?

In sport, we have heard some version of the adage “your best coaches should work with your youngest athletes”. My view is that we need a different way of judging whether a person has the skills to work with talented young people, because the skills required to be a UKCC Level 4 / Pro Licence […]

Coaches Should Speak More About Their Failures.

In my experience, there are many ego-driven coaches. It’s difficult to have a short conversation with some of them without being told what club they work for, or how many champions they have produced. However, what concerns me at a grassroots level is that coaches are quick to share their successes, but often tight lipped […]

Coaching: Listening Is The Real Super Power.

It is interesting to me that a quiet, introverted person will often be accused of lacking in social skills. However, by listening to others talk without the need to speak, we are actually practising the most important social skill of all. We carry an image of what a coach should do, and this is often […]

Developing Talented Football Players: Facilities Are Not The Answer

The FIFA World Cup 2018 is over and France have been crowned World Champions. Football Associations across the globe will now conduct the usual post-tournament dissection of the Champion’s success. What are they doing better than us? No doubt, someone somewhere will infer that the lack of quality players being produced in Scotland is related […]