Coaching the child vs. coaching the sport

Over lockdown I was privileged to receive an invitation to join a series of webinars hosted by Chance to Shine (CtS) for their coaches. I have run a few CtS sessions in schools, but in truth I rather felt like an impostor amongst the County Board staffers who do such a great job delivering CtS …

From a “holistic approach to talent development” to suggestions for grassroots coaching

I was very taken by this infographic from Alex Lascu, and the thinking behind it. It captures so much of what I believe is good about current coaching practice, but also sets a high standard for “talent pathway” coaches to aspire to. There was some discussion on Twitter of the applicability of the advice to …

Should we really be trying to get better? Or can we just enjoy the ride?

I have written before about the “philosophy” that underlies my coaching — at its simplest, simply an exhortation to “get better”…although this has slowly evolved to include a definition of what “better” might mean for the player. But a recent article on Medium.com has made me think again.