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…

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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…

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Maximsers and satisficers in decision making

Nobody ever did, or ever will, escape the consequences of his (or her) choices. Alfred A. Montapert A week ago, I was asked by an aspiring professional about my advice when applying for jobs. The question went like this, “I have seen a lot of jobs out there, that I would quite like, but not…

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10 exam tips from high performance sport

As exam season looms for many students young and old, I wondered what we would see in the study rooms, mental-athlete village, warm-up areas and hear from the coaches pep-talks if exams appeared at the Olympics. Here are some thoughts on getting your optimal performance with some lessons from the world of high-performance; 1. Know…

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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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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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5 ways to justify the term 'elite'

‘Elite Health’, ‘Elite Car Audio’, ‘Elite Wines’, ‘Elite Bras’ Clearly these are just brand names, just as the bloke around the corner who runs a business called Olympic Windows, is claiming special status (unless window fitting has become an Olympic sport recently). But the word ‘elite’ seems to be cropping up everywhere, (damn it, it…

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