Player to Coach: Building Resilience in Tough Times

“Everything is practice.” – Pelé Football managers and coaches often ask, “How do you build resistance in players to deal with tough times and setbacks; how do you overcome adversity when coaching?” Well, resilience is not something you can learn through reading a book and it’s not something that can be learned through easy times: […]

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Player to Coach: The Changing Skill Set

“All learning has an emotional base.” – Plato If you’ve been playing football for 20 plus years and you now want to channel your passion for the game into coaching,often the most challenging aspect of the switch from player to coach is developing a different awareness of the game. The Helicopter View As a player, […]

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No Yachting Clubs in Milton

“Back in the day, football was central to what was known. It’s what we did because there was nothing else.” – Hugh MacDonald Hugh MacDonald is a well-known sports journalist, but he got into journalism “by accident” rather than by design. He says, “I got into journalism by mistake. I’d been accepted by a university […]

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Fight, Flight, or Freeze

“Smile, breathe, and go slowly.” – Thich Nhat Hanh Ever felt your heart race when you misjudge your step on a flight of stairs or felt your ears virtually “prick” when you hear something go bump in the night? These physical reactions are part of your body’s natural response to danger, and they’re designed to […]

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It’s Slow Time

“Taking time to do nothing often brings everything into perspective.” – Doe Zantamata It’s a sad fact that we’re conditioned to think of living fast and working fast as important, and we somehow see “fast” as a good thing and “slow” as a bad thing. In fact, being “busy” and “not having time for anything” […]

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How to Be Stoic in Today’s World

“In order to do something, you must be something.” – James Stockdale Stoicism is a life philosophy that dates all the way back to the time of the ancient Greeks. To be Stoic is to maximise positive emotions and reduce negative emotions, so it’s a philosophy designed to help individuals live their best lives. Sounds […]

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How to Manage your Mind in Stressful Time

“Smile, breathe, and go slowly.” – Thich Nhat Hanh Ever felt your heart race when you misjudge your step on a flight of stairs, or felt your ears virtually “prick” when you hear something go bump in the night? These physical reactions are part of your body’s natural response to danger, and they’re designed to […]

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Social Distancing and the Human Connection

“I talked to a calzone for fifteen minutes last night before I realised it was just an introverted pizza. I wish all my acquaintances were so tasty.” – Jarod Kintz All humans need some form of connection with other humans – a statement backed-up by the fact that solitary confinement has long been used as […]

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Quality v Quantity: Getting the Most Out of Sleep

“The amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more.” – Wilson Mizener It’s a long-held belief that an 8-hour sleep each night is the target everyone should aim for to ensure that the body’s batteries get the best opportunity to recharge. However, sleep research is beginning to uncover the benefits of […]

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