Category Archives: The World-Class Coaching Podcast

Aimed at aspiring coaches who are in the constant pursuit of development.

Episode 12: Rhys Ingram

rhysRhys Ingram is an S&C coach for the EIS working with GB Taekwondo on how the sport has evolved since London 2012, what it takes to win, interpreting subjective opinions from technical coaches and what they’ve been up to in preparation for the Olympic Games in Rio this year.

This episode marks a slight change to the format of the show as I’m very happy to welcome Rob Anderson of Fortius Training into the mix!  Rob will be providing segments on relevant resources, cpd & jobs as well as some interviews in the future as we strive to deliver more regular content.  I’m also pleased to say that when I started the podcast back in October 2015, I set myself a target of 1 per month and this episode means I’ve beaten that goal for the first year.  Thanks for listening and enjoy the show.

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Episode 11: James Baker

James BakerIn this Episode I interviewed James Baker on the back of the awesome Child to Champion conference to share his work with teenage athletes at St Peter’s High School. James gives loads of great insight into their programme especially around common problems with school age pupils and maximizing athlete engagement. (APOLOGIES for the poor sound quality in the 2nd part of the interview, had a bit of wifi trouble.) Then this month I review James Kerr’s Legacy and round up loads of jobs and online resources that are available at the moment.

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Episode 10: Simon Brundish

Simon BrundishAs well as having 20 years of S&C and PT experience with general to elite populations, Simon Brundish is now leading a physical literacy initiative in UK primary schools. He is doing some incredible work that is definitely worth sharing! We talk physical literacy for youngsters and all about his incredible model for development based on superhero characters. I’ve been lucky enough to participate in one of Simon’s practicals and I swear you’ll struggle to think of a better or more fun way to coach movement to kids. Then this month I reviewed Simon Sinek’s Start with Why and as always round up a few CPD and job opportunities.

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Episode 9: Rob Walsh

Rob WalshRob Walsh is Head of Physical Preparation for the Netherlands Ski & Snowboard Federation. This role encompasses working with all snowsport athletes, both adaptive and non-adaptive alike. Rob largely discusses how he’s built a programme that caters for everyone and give some specific examples of how where he believes he can have the greatest impact when working with adaptive skiers. I review Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning and round up all latest CPD and job opportunities. Enjoy

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Podcast Feedback

WCC podcastThis is an open letter to everyone who’s been listening to The World-Class Coaching Podcast.
So far I’ve had some great feedback, some helpful constructive criticism and one fairly amusing troll on YouTube (I know who you are!).

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Episode 8: Tim Pelot

Tim PelotTim Pelot is a Senior Physiologist/S&C Coach for the US Olympic Committee. In what I personally found a really interesting interview, Tim exposes how little I know about volleyball and gives fantastic insight into the US Olympic volleyball programme, including how this might differ between positions and between beach vs indoor versions of the sport. We also delved further into the growth mindset concept and I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did. In the later sections I review Jon Gordon’s The Energy Bus and round up current job opportunities.

 

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Episode 7: Michael Main

Michael MainMichael Main leads the S&C programme for Sri Lanka Cricket. In this episode Michael delves into his philosophies on S&C in Cricket and how working with the Sri Lankan national team has been a completely different challenge to when he lead the S&C programme for Hampshire cricket. He also discusses how he applies some of Frans Bosch’s methods into his programme. Then I’ve reviewed the work of Carol Dweck in her book “Mindset” and in a slightly different trend to normal, give my go-to sources for all job and internship opportunities.

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Episode 6: Pete McKnight

Pete McKnightPete McKnight is now Director of sport science and coaching for HINTSA Performance, as well as chairman of the UKSCA. Pete discusses how he’s enjoying his new role, what this involves on a daily basis and we get to have a good discussion about S&C in Alpine Skiing, cultural challenges, logistical challenges, his approach to strength training through the winter as well as ACL risk in skiing and what that means for the S&C coach. Later on I discuss a really interesting TED Talk from Amy Cuddy and as always round up CPD & job opportunities.

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Episode 5: Alex Wolf

Alex WolfAlex Wolf: Head of S&C for the EIS.  There is so much valuable content in this episode for all S&C coaches I can’t recommend it enough!  Alex talks about how his philosophies have evolved over the years and how the structure of the EIS has evolved.  He talks about his most valuable lessons from leading the S&C for British Rowing as well as discussing his problem-solving framework, which he unfortunately couldn’t present at this year’s UKSCA conference.  He also talks about what he and the EIS look for when they hire S&C coaches.  Later on I review a great article by John Kiely on periodization and as always round up available jobs and CPD.

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Episode 4: Rich Blagrove

Rich BlagroveRich Blagrove, Leader of the Undergraduate programme in Strength & Conditioning Science at St Mary’s University, discusses strength training for endurance running as well as considerations for concurrent training methods in all sports and some of his latest research. I also review David Epstein’s brilliant book The Sports Gene and give a heads up to various CPD, intern and job opportunities that are out there at the moment. Continue reading

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