AS I sit writing this, Michael Smith and Michael van Gerwen have just qualified for the PDC World Championship final. Both men with something very interesting in common – besides the name Michael. The World Cup ended, the darts started – a more than adequate replacement in my view. I #luvthedarts. It is fascinating, it […]
I WAS first made aware of the term ‘The Dark Arts’ in sport in a post-game interview given by Paul O’Connell. I was in my teens and was fascinated by his summation of an international defeat being down to Ireland’s inability to match the opposition in the dark arts. And from then, I’ve watched sport […]
THERE is nothing more important in performance and learning than feedback loops. A two-way dialogue between coach and player (or player and player), with the joint objective of getting better. All my clients give me performance and mindset feedback after every game – it’s mandatory. Why? Because it creates improvement; it creates growth. Highlighting gaps […]
OVER the last few weeks, as teams bow out of championship football, I’ve had a number of club managers get in contact regarding building mental toughness for the season ahead. One email stood out as particularly worrying; “… we’ve done all we can as managers – the lads are just not mentally tough enough.” Aside […]
“As a Performance Coach, I have quite a number of athletes who contact me with the same desire – to improve their performance”.
Players like Maurice Fitzgerald don’t emerge by chance
Your heroes are not born with self-discipline, it’s a muscle they grow
There is the constant internal questioning of Why would they listen to me?
Gareth Fox suggests a new system to handle substitutions
Players in a poor state of mind will not make good decisions