1 09, 2017

#29 Talent Transfer

By | 2017-09-01T11:11:45+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

In my last blog a couple of weeks ago I discussed seeking, retaining and correctly positioning talent within the clubs. Now I want to come on to a subject which will likely split the audience. Transferring talent. The blog is not intended to encourage 'poaching', but in the contrary, to strengthen the link between clubs [...]

28 04, 2017

#26 Self Fulfilling Prophecy

By | 2017-05-12T19:55:49+00:00 April 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|

It is often told that 'If you tell somebody something enough times, they may just end up believing it.’ That’s pretty true too. I meet new athletes all of the time on my travels, and quite often i’m introduced to them by their coaches. Quite often it goes a little bit like this -  ‘This is Ella, she’s [...]

14 04, 2017

#25 Power of Why

By | 2017-04-14T04:51:26+00:00 April 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Let’s cut straight to the chase ... ‘Why?’ is one of the most powerful words in the human language. The question ‘why?' can provide you with answers to questions you believe you don't know the answer to. But ‘Why?’ can also be one of the most confrontational, aggressive words too, and as as result of this, it is [...]

17 03, 2017

#23 What Does A ‘Great Coach’ Mean?

By | 2017-03-17T08:31:38+00:00 March 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Here is a question that bothers me greatly, and it comes up in almost ALL coaching courses and workshops I have attended: 'What makes a great coach?’ I can feel my blood pressure rising just writing it. Many years ago, I would have compiled a long list of qualities that great coaches have ... but not [...]

3 03, 2017

#22 Moths

By | 2017-03-03T06:39:56+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

Preps and drills ... why are we so magnetised to them, like a moth to a lightbulb? You'd think that the paparazzi has arrived in the gym when introducing a new drill; phones and cameras everywhere making sure every moment is captured. Who doesn't like new shiny objects eh? :) I'm not being judgemental as [...]

2 01, 2017

#21 Critics

By | 2017-01-05T06:50:19+00:00 January 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|

The beauty of our world is that no two people see things the same, as we all view the world through a different lens, a lens which has been formed through our own life experiences, opinions and circumstances. Life would simply be rather dull if we all viewed the world as one another did. There would be no [...]

25 11, 2016

#20 – Mental Muscle

By | 2016-11-25T11:23:28+00:00 November 25th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Somebody said to me the other day, 'gymnastics is 80% a psychological game, and 20% skill.’ It isn’t the first time i’ve heard that saying, or at least something similar. I don't disagree, and it's not just gymnastics where that can be applied, it's pretty relevant to most aspects of life. But if that is [...]

21 10, 2016

#19 6 Vault Coaching Mistakes to Avoid

By | 2017-05-12T19:55:57+00:00 October 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|

I love vault, it’s my favourite apparatus to coach. That seems to be rare these days, with most coaches loathing it, but i’m magnetised to the power, technical aspects and variety that it can offer. Yes variety, vault doesn’t have to be boring! Like all apparatus, it’s the accumulation of components in your athletes’ training [...]

21 08, 2016

#16 Own the Energy

By | 2016-08-21T07:09:38+00:00 August 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|

I’ve spoken in length throughout my Key Lessons series (you can sign up to receive those emails HERE) about the key attributes that many high performing coaches have. Without question, I have found that most, if not all, have an infectious energy behind their coaching.  Coaches with 'energy' are more engaging, more compelling and more [...]

10 07, 2016

#15 Robots

By | 2016-07-10T18:35:40+00:00 July 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|

It’s been said many times before that coaching is all about relationships, and positive relationships are built on communication, trust and engagement. As I have written in a previous blog post, (CLICK HERE TO READ IT) great athlete-coach relationships don’t always happen organically, they may have to be worked on just like any other relationship [...]

2 07, 2016

#14 Prescribing Confidence

By | 2016-07-02T10:44:56+00:00 July 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|

What’s the worst bit of feedback you have given your athletes recently? I know, bit of a strange question really, but as my own worst critic, it’s something I think about often ... Here’s mine - ‘be more confident.’ I’m not sure what I was expecting, perhaps the athlete to internally flick a switch and [...]

20 05, 2016

#13 Feedback Frenzy

By | 2016-05-20T09:11:44+00:00 May 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|

If I gave you a few golf balls and a club at the driving range you’d probably like to just ‘hit a few.’ Unless you're destined for the next PGA tour that’s quite reasonable, but lets assume you are receiving coaching from a qualified professional with the intention of making significant progress as a return [...]

5 05, 2016

#12 The Importance of a Great Handstand

By | 2016-05-06T20:41:21+00:00 May 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|

In gymnastics, it’s a well known fact that all advanced skills derive from the roots of just a few basic shapes and positions, and the quality of those key shapes will determine the aesthetics and technical quality of the skills that follow. The term ‘basics’ is thrown around a fair bit, and although this phrase [...]

6 04, 2016

#11 Cotton Wool Coaching

By | 2016-04-12T13:59:23+00:00 April 6th, 2016|Uncategorized|

What is cotton wool coaching I hear you ask? Well we’ve all heard of the expression, ‘she’s wrapped up in cotton wool,’ usually used to describe an individual (often a child) who is perceived to be 'overly protected’ by their parent.   'Cotton wool coaching' refers to being overly protective of your athletes, by being [...]

23 03, 2016

#10 Starter on the Slopes

By | 2016-04-27T10:32:11+00:00 March 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|

  I have the pleasure of writing this post in a beautiful town called ‘La Rosiere’, a fantastic ski resort nestled high up in the French Alps. I’m here with my two good friends Ryan and Pete, celebrating Ryan’s 30th birthday, all of us rookies on the slopes, with a day each of prior practice [...]

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