Simon Nainby is an experienced strength and conditioning coach, with a strong interest in rugby. For a number of years, his Undergroundathletics.co.uk blog has been one of the best ways to quickly access all of the latest thinking on coaching. His excellent curation means he has a wealth of ideas to inform his day-to-day coaching.
In the podcast, I’m afraid we went off script almost immediately! I wanted to get him to talk about some of the myths he loves to bust. However, we quickly started to discuss his role as a coach with a representative netball team. His journey with them will be one of the great stories he tells us, as well as making stories a key part of the coaching process. I will definitely be chatting to him again about myths and games constraints, but in this issue you will get ideas and thoughts around the following:
How to develop player autonomy in a group which never knew how
Helping players to take control of their learning – practical ways, not just the theory
What is meant by action bias and how it relates to goalkeepers saving penalties
How bias helps to coach more effectively
Why you might be called “The Fridge” and you can guess, it’s something you want to avoid
Using the right language in coaching at the right time
In this podcast we discuss How to observe a team more effectively; What interventions work with the most difficult players; What a great player does more than just a talented player; Why we want "pigs" not "chickens"
What coaches need to change about themselves; Why values need to be more than just posters on the wall MORE
In this podcast, I get a chance to quiz Warren Abrahams, a senior coach with England Sevens and academy coach with Harlequins. Well-known for being a very creative coach, I ask him about how he builds better relationships with his players, and how he goes about this creativity in his sessions.
Dr Andy Abraham is an experienced researcher and teacher in sports coaching. He's also been a novice coach in rugby union, starting his journey with his own son in the north of England. Now, having coached at this level for 5 years, it seemed a good moment to find out what he had learned from this experience. MORE
Giles Heagerty is a very experienced coach at all levels of the game. He runs the rugby at Cheadle Hume School, Manchester, is the head coach of England Counties U18s and this year has taken on the role of head coach at Waterloo Ladies, who play in the top English league. MORE