Being Your Best Self

“Never try to be better than anyone else, but never stop trying to be the best you can be.” – John Wooden John Wooden was a high school English teacher who became a legendary basketball coach. During his career in the classroom, he became frustrated by the school system’s focus on results rather than effort. […]

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Coaching Connection

“Communication is not just words, it’s people.” It goes without saying that a good coach needs good communication skills. After all, it doesn’t matter how knowledgeable you are if you can’t pass on that knowledge in a way that makes sense to others, right? However, the difference between good coaching and great coaching is not […]

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What Motivates Success?

“There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…” ― John Lennon You don’t need to have been around in the 1960s to know who the Beatles are. They took the music industry by storm and became the biggest-selling band of all-time. But, here’s the question: what motivated them to become one […]

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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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