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What some Universities don’t tell you: An open letter to all Sports Science/S&C students, especially those considering it

Working in elite sport or any sport for that matter is an extremely rewarding career.  I consider myself very fortunate to have the position and experience I hold and consciously appreciate it every single day.  I’m all about pursuing your passion and doing what you love in life.  I understand why it appears so attractive to young individuals/aspiring coaches.  I would like to offer some simple advice and an honest perspective.

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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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Adaptability part 2: The Athlete (and a few coaching principles to live by)

In the last post (part 1), I tried to highlight the importance of being adaptable as an S&C coach by illustrating some examples and exercises based on my experiences.  Mostly this was focussed around adapting to technical coaches.  In this post I’m going to focus on the athlete and try to illustrate that whilst theoretical case studies are great at university, in the real world nothing ever goes perfectly to plan and physical development is a messy non linear process.

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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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