The Coaching Manager

People Centered…Outcome Driven…Performance Focused ”No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings” William Blake Standing at the bottom of a snow covered hill in Lofer, Austria, I was working with the GB Alpine ski team. The team were training for the next set of competitive races and my role was to […]

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How to Develop Confidence in Your Players

One of the most common hurdles facing coaches of youth players is “Performance Anxiety” Why is it that some players appear to rise to an occasion yet others appear to fall apart? Excessive nerves can be the result of a lack of confidence but this is often overlooked when the player in question seems to […]

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Mental Toughness – Preparing for Success

Mental Toughness “Ask yourself: ‘Can I give more?’ The answer is usually: ‘Yes’” – Paul Tergat Top level athletes across all sports have mental toughness, but it’s a term that conjures up images of power lifters or heavyweight boxers psyching themselves up − or psyching their opponents out − in an outward display of “don’t-mess-with-me-cold-hard-stares”! […]

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Running in the Zone − A State of Flow

Roger Bannister Breaks the four-minute mile “We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves” – Roger Bannister If you have experienced running in a state of flow, you have experienced a sensation of “doing without doing” or running effortlessly without thinking about it. […]

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Using your Head the Power of Mental Rehearsal

 Visualisation, also known as mental rehearsal, is a technique that has been used for many years and to great effect by many top professionals in sport. Listen to how English soccer player Wayne Rooney prepares and visualises the night before a game ” Get Good thoughts,good moments , in my head . Visualise scoring goals “ […]

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Sport, Blackberries and Dealing with Self-Doubt

“I need to get away because, as I often tell my players, life isn’t just soccer and BlackBerries.” Pepe Guardiola Reading about Pepe Guardiola’s decision to leave Barcelona FC got me thinking. After an amazing 13 titles in 4 years in charge of the club, his subsequent comments about how exhausting he found his time […]

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