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Five questions for sports performance

(Join me on Monday 30th March for an open Q&A ) Change The world has changed and at a pace unimaginable just a few weeks ago. We’re living in a strange present expecting an unfamiliar future and craving normality. We don’t know what next but amongst the deep uncertainty that governs our thinking, we know that this will…

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A Letter to the 15,000!

The letter to the 15,000 was first posted on my blog spot in 2015 and has since had nearly 200,000 views across 27 countries. It was written for Sports Science students aspiring to work in the field of elite sport, but the lessons translate to grass-roots sport, coaching, health and exercise science, in fact has been discussed and…

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Building Rapport

Building Rapport

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” Stephen R. Covey It is the third day of British Championships and the athlete, with a grin on her face gives me a high five. I wait as she catches her breath, and she says those magic words we’re all deeply…

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Role-modelling vulnerability

Role-modelling vulnerability

I understand now that the vulnerability I’ve always felt is the greatest strength a person can have. Elizabeth Shue Conference attendance checklist Sit in rows and cross arms Look for aspects of presentations that you disagree with and shake head in response Ask an aggressively critical question Conference presentation checklist Avoid talking about mistakes Intimidate with jargon and…

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Unpaid Internships

Unpaid internships

The issue of unpaid internships is a difficult and controversial subject. I have chosen to write this as an opinion piece rather than an official line and I don’t expect everyone will agree with all aspects of this blog and don’t expect you’ll get clear answers here too – (just getting my disclaimers in). However, I have sought…

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Top websites for jobs in sport and performance

Top websites for jobs in sport and performance

Continuing our focus on supporting performance people of the future by offering more support for students, graduates and early career professionals – this week I’m offering up my advice as to where you might want to look and what you need to know about these job websites; First up, it’s worth recognising that not all performance based jobs…

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Work experience is the thing employers are looking for

Work experience is the thing employers are looking for

“The only source of knowledge is experience” Albert Einstein Picture the scene Imagine your wedding day. It’s been building up for months; the planning, the visits, the lists. Everyone is dressed in their poshest clobber, the sun is shining and the best man has removed jokes about the mother in law from his speech. The photographer arrives and…

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James Cracknell

James Cracknell in the boat race: Behind the scenes with injury, innovation and inner voice (pt 2)

“We couldn’t think about what James couldn’t do, we had to think differently about what he could do.” Catch up on part one of this blog, outlining the size of the task ahead, until injury struck. We’d just got going with some specific interval training on the ergometer to target VO2max, using short interval/rest ratios, such as 15s…

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James Cracknell

James Cracknell in the boat race: Behind the scenes on James’ incredible feat (Part 1)

“One of the most audacious and ambitious sporting goals in recent memory” Make no bones about it, James Cracknell aiming to secure a place in the Cambridge boat for the annual Oxford Vs Cambridge boat race at the age of 46 is one of the most audacious and ambitious sporting goals in recent memory. For the likes of…

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The Supporting Champions Conference 2019

Conference Catch-Up: Reflections from The Supporting Champions Conference 2019

On 19th & 20th March 2019 150 performance minded people gathered at London’s Olympic Stadium for the Supporting Champions Conference. The conference focuses on the ‘finding a better way to create high performance’. There are plenty of conferences out there at the moment, and we don’t specifically state the conference is going to be about coaching or nutrition…

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