Nick Grantham on successful coaching: SC Conference 2017 Presentation

Strength and Conditioning Coach, Nick Grantham, presents at the 2017 Supporting Champions Conference on the characteristics of a successful coach.

Presentation notes;
Nick Grantham
3:00 Everyone gnaws on data at these conferences – but everyone is a coach
6:20 Importance of field trips
9:20 Exceptional coaches understand what they’re not good at
10:00 Importance of the beginners mindset
11:00 The adaptable cockroach
11:52 The hen is involved in the process but the pig IS the process. You are two feet in, be fully committed.
14:00 A lot of this is grunt work, behind the scenes. No selfies!
14:50 The ability to motivate, training can be a dull…a ball ache. So shake your pompoms.
19:20 Raise the game, has the session got ICE; intensity, concentration and effort?
22:04 100% enthusiasm. Tweet your message, be short and succinct
21:40 Don’t be a fridge – a low hum in the background. Don’t be Mrs Donovan – ‘wah wah wah’ Your athlete will tune out
23:08 The best coaches I’ve worked with…’walk the talk’. Develop trust, laying down acceptable behaviours of a team.They did what they said they were going to do
24:20 Group norms – be confident – bike helmet example. Walk the talk and you will develop trust
27:12 It’s about the process, the glory is in getting there, helping to achieve it.
28:04 Be prepared to walk with ugly babies in the early phase of athletes career when they’re not the finished article
28:45 Summary of the kew points Nick has covered. What do you need to be a great coach?
35:15 Create legacies
36:36 QUESTION Blend of personalities between coach and athlete?
38:17 QUESTION Changing dynamics in teams: Managing specialists?
38:45 The most successful teams are the multi disciplinary teams where everyone is talking
39:40 Specialist generalist
41:46 Nick offers advice for sustaining performance for those in mid-career – beginners mindset/maintaining network

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Dr Steve Ingham is one of the UK’s leading figures in sport and one of the world’s leading performance scientists. He is steeped in high performance and has been integral to the development of Britain into an Olympic superpower. He has provided support to over 1000 athletes, of which over 200 have achieved World or Olympic medal success, including some of the world’s greatest athletes such as Jessica Ennis-Hill, Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent. Steve has coached Kelly Sotherton's running for heptathlon and to 4x400m Olympic medal winning success. Steve has worked at the English Sports Council British Olympic Association, English Institute of Sport, where Steve was the Director of Science and Technical Development, leading a team of 200 scientists in support of Team GB and Paralympics GB. Ingham holds a BSc, PhD and is a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Steve is author of the best selling ‘How to Support a Champion: The art of applying science to the elite athlete’, discussing and inspiring the importance of learning and adapting to reach our maximum potential. Steve established Supporting Champions with the ambition of helping ambitious people to find a better way of creating high-performance. Steve hosts the Supporting Champions Podcast on sharing his pursuit of understanding and exploration in performance.

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