Register for the FREE ‘Letter to the 15000’ online course (>400 registered) now includes a load of free resources to help you get ahead Dear budding sport scientist So you have enrolled on a sports science degree eh? You start this week? Exciting times ahead then. So what lies ahead for you at the end…

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Collective Purpose

Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction. John F. Kennedy I was recently invited once again to speak at the brilliant Cheltenham Science Festival in June. It is always a privilege to be surrounded by not only so many brilliant scientists but also so many curious minds, young and old. This year…

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Summary of 2018 Supporting Champions Conference

On 20 and 21 March 2018, ~180 delegates, partners and speakers gathered at the Emirates Stadium, London for the second Supporting Champions Conference. Which, once again, had an unadulterated focus on finding a better way to create remarkable performance and the speakers and delegate discussions did exactly that. In amongst the speakers, we heard from…

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Make progress with two essential perspectives

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” Pablo Picasso We all know that new year’s resolutions aren’t particulary effective that the end of the year feels like a good time…

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CORE skills ain't SOFT

In 1958, as NASA began it’s search for aerospace pilots, the job description listed the need for the following characteristics; · Male (how 1950s?) · Approx 5’11” /180cm · Aged between twenty-five and forty · A science degree · High intelligence · High mathematical ability · Experience as a jet test pilot. There were just…

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The base camp of high-performance

“If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.” Daniel Goleman If I look back over my career,…

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Maximising experiences

I am a lucky boy. Lucky, lucky lucky (apologies if after only 8 words you are now singing Kylie Minogue’s hit or reciting sections of Monty Python’s Holy Grail). When I first started to work in high-performance I was fortunate to begin to work alongside a lady called Ailsa Niven (nee Anderson). My role was…

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Five books that changed my life

William Styron — ‘A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.’ I love to read. When I read, I love to write in the margins (at the moment I am reading/scribbling on Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, it’s brilliant) and I love…

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