Athletes – Ask Questions

The ability to question a coach can be there difference between doing things “the way” and doing things “the best way”. Benjamin Franklin believed that it was every citizen’s responsibility to ask questions of power; it is the serious athlete’s responsibility to ensure they and their coach are working out the most effective path together. …

Great Coaches Learn From Other Sports

One of the fundamental differences between a good coach and a great coach is openness to learning. Good coaches are happy with what they know – their sport, their methods, their people. Great coaches are restless learners and seek knowledge from outside their area of expertise. The reality is that to be a great coach, …

Coaches – We Need To Listen Better

When it comes to coaching, we are too often judged by our ability to talk. We believe that we need to take the knowledge out of our head, give it to our athletes, and watch them improve. We talk about about team selection, athletes, tactics and strategies, what we would do in a certain situation, …

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 …

Getting Better at Sport: Not Just a Job For Athletes.

As someone with a vested interest in sport coaching and sport development, it continues to amaze me how many of us are not living by the same rules that we demand of the groups we work with. We turn up, we do our work and we go home – but other than that, what are …

Mental Health: Share Stories, Not Stats.

One of the most pleasing trends in sport development is the recognition of how sport can improve a person’s mental health. For as long as I can remember, we have tried to persuade people into sport and physical activity by using the physical health argument – it will increase our “fitness” / reduce our chance …