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The LTAD Network Podcast

124 EpisodesProduced by Rob AndersonWebsite

A podcast for Parents, Sports Coaches, PE Teachers, Support staff and anyone else interested in Youth Athletic Development! Our mission is to support grassroots coaches in the development of youth athletes.Here you'll find interviews with technical coaches, support staff, researchers and former athl… read more

124 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

Ashley Jones (Rugby S&C Coach): what makes a great coach?

May 1st, 2022


Ashley Jones is a rugby strength and conditioning coach who has worked at the highest levels of the game for the last 30 years across 4 continents. …

Dr Sean Cumming (Bath University): An idiot's guide to Growth, Maturation and Biobanding

April 25th, 2022


Dr Sean Cumming is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Bath, as well as a consultant for the Premier League, …

Dan Noble (Noble Sports & Performance): Getting connected

April 10th, 2022


Dan Noble is the Director of Hockey at Upper Canada College and Former Director of Athlete Performance & Development at The Hill Academy. He is …

David Johnson (West Ham United Academy): Can we reduce the affect of Growth Related injuries?

April 3rd, 2022


David Johnson is an Academy Sports Scientist at West Ham United and previously Academy S&C coach at AFC Bournemouth. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Bath investigating Training Load in Academy …

Dr Sean Cumming (University of Bath): The latest research on Growth & Maturation

March 27th, 2022


Dr Sean Cumming is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Bath, as well as a consultant for the Premier League, …

Pratik Patel (Former NFL S&C and Nutrition Coach): Cutting through the confusion.

March 21st, 2022


Pratik Patel is the former Director of Performance Nutrition and Assistant S&C with the New York Giants in the NFL for 4 years. Prior to that, Pratik was the Director of Sports Nutrition at University of Oregon, …

Joel Brannigan (Northumbria University): Commit to consistency.

March 14th, 2022


Joel Brannigan is an experienced coach and manager, having worked in strength and conditioning since his retirement from professional rugby in 2004, with a career that say him playing for Edinburgh, London Welsh RFC and …

Sophie Pidcock (Brisbane Boys College): Helping teenage boys make better decisions.

March 7th, 2022


Sophie is the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Brisbane Boys’ College in Australia. She has spent many years working in the youth athletic …

John Noonan (Noonan Performance): Navigating your career using the Family, Fulfillment and Finance model.

February 21st, 2022


John Noonan is a performance coach, lecturer and business owner, he has over 15 years experience working with youth, senior and international athletes across various professional sports including Olympic medalists and …

Mike Boyle (MBSC): Programming 101

February 14th, 2022


Michael Boyle is the co-owner of Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, and the co-founder of Certified Functional Strength Coach. Boyle is also one of the worlds’ foremost educators in the areas of performance training, …

Matt McInnes Watson (Plus Plyos): The tier system of plyometrics.

February 7th, 2022


Matt McInnes Watson is a performance coach and specialist in track and field, speed, power and plyometrics. Matt is the owner of Plus Plyos, a coaching business that provides plyometric programs and education. He is …

Derek Evely (EvelTrak): The importance of building your own coaching framework

January 31st, 2022


Derek Evely has taken a career path unique in Olympic sport. As an athletics coach, he has coached professionally at all levels along the developmental continuum and is widely regarded as a foremost expert in both youth …

Des Ryan (Setanta College): Recruiting, Managing and Retaining a High Performance Department.

January 24th, 2022


Des Ryan works for Setanta College as Director of Coaching & Performance. Des is one of the leading youth coaches and performance managers in …

Elisabeth Oehler (EO Performance): Coaching the sport of weightlifting to children.

January 17th, 2022


Elisabeth Oehler is a strength coach who worked for the German Weightlifting Federation from 2017-2020 as manager of the youth department and later Head of Talent Identification. She's a licensed weightlifting coach …

Jeremy Frisch (Achieve Performance): Creating engaging youth athletic development programs.

December 13th, 2021


Jeremy Frisch is the owner and director of Achieve Performance Training in Clinton, Mass. He is the former assistant strength and conditioning coach …

Paudie Roche (Arsenal FC Academy): Applying Growth & Maturation assessments in a Professional Academy.

December 6th, 2021


Paudie Roche is the Head Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach for Arsenal Football Club. Prior to this he was the Lead U9-U.6 coach and was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Physical …

Nicolai Morris (New South Wales Institute of Sport): How to start coaching gymnastic activities.

November 29th, 2021


Nicolai Morris is a strength and conditioning coach with Men and Women's Hockey at the New South Wales Institute of Sport. Nicolai also works with …

Jake Jennings (Bendigo Pioneers): Are you ready for the worst case scenario?

November 22nd, 2021


Jake is a strength and conditioning coach and applied sports scientist. He has extensive experience within academy, team and individual sport settings and has worked with athletes, male and female, both developing and …

Lachlan Wilmot (Athletes Authority): Bringing Professional support to the Semi Pro and Developing athlete.

November 15th, 2021


Lachlan Wilmot has been working in the fitness industry going on 17 years, working with both the general population and elite level athletes. After …

Josh Fletcher (The Practitioner Wellness Guy): Who's looking after the coach's wellbeing?

November 8th, 2021


Josh Fletcher is 'The Practitioner Wellness Guy'. He currently works for Hintsa with an F2 racing driver, previously EXOS with the Special Forces, Elite sport in India, English Institute of Sport and in Professional …

Clive Brewer (East Tennessee State University): Developing your coaching craft and career

November 1st, 2021


Clive Brewer is the Performance Director for the Center for Coaching Excellence / Assistant Professor of Sports Science at ETSU. He consults …

David Joyce (High Performance Training for Sports): Keeping the end in mind

October 24th, 2021


David Joyce is an internationally recognized leader in human performance, strategy and decision making. He holds Masters degrees in both Sports …

Grant Jenkins (Propel Perform): How to get "lucky" in your coaching career and business.

October 17th, 2021


Grant Jenkins is the Director of Propel Perform, as well as a Strength & Conditioning Coach & an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. Grant …

Marina Carrier (Tokyo 2020 Olympian): An insider's view of the Olympic Games.

September 12th, 2021


Marina Carrier is a Tokyo 2020 Olympian who represented Australia in the Modern Pentathlon. She has been involved in Pentathlon since the age of 12. …

Clive Brewer (East Tennessee State University): Are you making the athlete better?

September 5th, 2021


Clive Brewer is the Performance Director for the Center for Coaching Excellence / Assistant Professor of Sports Science at ETSU. He consults …

Ash Cox (Edge Hill University): Are we missing a prime opportunity to equip adolescents for resistance training?

August 29th, 2021


Ash’s academic foundations include 3 undergraduate degrees: in Strength and Conditioning, Sports and Exercise Science and Exercise Rehabilitation. Additionally He has post graduate qualifications in Sports and Exercise …

James Baker (The LTAD Network): Applying the LTAD models to real life.

August 25th, 2021


James Baker is a coach, educator and researcher that is passionate about helping people achieve their potential as athletes and coaches. He is one of the co-founders of the LTAD Network, previously known as Proformance …

David "Jacko" Jackson (Rooted Life): Breathing Basics.

August 15th, 2021


David Jackson is an Advanced Oxygen Advantage breathwork coach, a former professional rugby player, Accredited UKSCA Strength & Conditioning coach, NASM performance enhancement & corrective …

Ranell Hobson (Academy of Sport Speed): Training around the menstrual cycles of female athletes.

August 1st, 2021


Ranell Hobson is the founder of the Academy of Sport Speed Australia (ASSA). She is an S&C Coach with a specialty in Speed. Through her private coaching, Ranell has helped hundreds of athletes modify their physical …

Ivi Casagrande (FA Women's Super League Club): Empowering female athletes to manage the menstrual cycle.

July 25th, 2021


Ivi Casagrande was a scholarship athlete playing for the soccer team at Bowling Green State University where she got her Bachelor's degree in …

Dr Sylvia Moeskops (Cardiff Metropolitan University): Nature or Nurture - Can young females benefit from strength training?

July 18th, 2021


Dr Sylvia Moeskops is a lecturer in Strength and Conditioning at Cardiff Metropolitan University. She has recently completed her PhD which …

Nathan Parnham (Brisbane Grammar School): Answering the FAQs of the Sporting Parent.

July 11th, 2021


Nathan Parnham is an Athletic Development Coach based in Australia. He has worked in various roles throughout his career in the development and …

Dr Mike Young (Athletic Lab): Developing the different strength qualities - Where does it all fit?

July 4th, 2021


Dr Mike Young is a nationally recognized researcher, coach, and educator. His depth of knowledge and experience in the field of athletic development is evidenced by his stays at all three U.S. Olympic Training Centers …

Dr John P. Wagle (Kansas City Royals): Applying Eccentric Strength Training - from Tempo to Accentuated Loading

June 27th, 2021


Dr. John P. Wagle is the Director, Performance Science / Player Development for the Kansas City Royals. Before joining the Royals, he provided support in strength and conditioning and sport science to university and U.S …

Boo Schexnayder: (Louisiana State University): Long Term Plyometric Development - from Rehab to Running.

June 20th, 2021


Irving “Boo” Schexnayder is regarded internationally as one of the leading authorities in training design,  bringing 39 years of experience in …

Dr Dan Baker (ASCA): Strength & Power Development from Youth to Professional level.

June 3rd, 2021


Dan Baker has PhD in sports science from Edith Cowan University. He was the Brisbane Broncos NRL Strength and Conditioning for 19 years and has coached elite, international and national league athletes in rugby union …

Nick Ward (Altis): Learning from the best.

May 27th, 2021


Coaching is Nick’s calling. Almost 35 years on from starting as a coach Nick is active and helping people achieve their goals and improve their lifestyle - whether for the outdoors, on the sports field or the Olympic …

Stu Martin (British Weightlifting): Are you practicing under pressure?

May 20th, 2021


Stu Martin is Head of Performance Strategy for British Weightlifting. He was the Team leader for one of England Weightlifting’s most successful …

Jon Goodwin (Fulham FC Academy): Developing game changing qualities.

May 14th, 2021


Jon Goodwin is currently Academy Head of Sport Science at Fulham FC. He was previously S&C National Lead for the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee. …

Sean Boret (Eton College): Why so serious?

May 6th, 2021


Sean is the lead S&C Coach at Eton College. He has been working in gyms since 1993, initially in the Health & Fitness sector, before …

Jake Tuura (Jacked Athlete): Training athletes for hypertrophy and recovering from patellar tendinopathy.

May 6th, 2021


Jake Tuura is a former collegiate strength and conditioning coach, now running Jacked Athlete fulltime. He has a Masters in Exercise Science and is a …

Erica Suter (FitSoccerQueen): Can they withstand life?

April 22nd, 2021


Erica Suter is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has a Masters in Exercise Science and Sport Performance Enhancement. As an athlete, she pcaptained the soccer team at Johns Hopkins University …

James Baker & Mike Young (LTAD Network): What is the LTAD Network?

April 15th, 2021


In this episode I sit down the LTAD Network founders James Baker and Mike Young. 

James and Mike discuss: 

  • Their own athletic journeys as …

The Future of the Athletic Evolution Podcast...

April 8th, 2021


This episode is a slightly different to the usual. I wanted to update you, the listener on some exciting developments with the Athletic Evolution …

Jamie Bowie (Scottish Gymnastics): Is physical ability overrated?

April 1st, 2021


Jamie Bowie is a former 400m GB and Team Scotland athlete, Jamie was part of the team that won silver at the World Indoor Championships in the 4x400m relay. Now turning his hand to coaching, the former internationalist …

Dan Jefferson (Sports Authority of India): Boxing from Bannockburn to Bangalore.

March 26th, 2021


Dan Jefferson is currently working with the Sports Authority of India as the Head of Strength and Conditioning with the boxing federation, specifically supporting the Male and Female Olympic teams for Tokyo 2021. Prior …

Jason Avelar (Prescott Junior High School): The Motivation Factor Legacy

March 19th, 2021


Jason Avelar has been a PE teacher for the last 8 years at Prescott Junior High School, considered one of the best physical education schools in …

Oliver Morgan (Celtic FC Academy): Creating autonomy in a professional football academy.

March 12th, 2021


Oliver Morgan holds a BSc Sport & Exercise Sciences from University of Birmingham, an MRes in Talent Identification from Coventry University and …

Dan Lonsdale: What can gymnastics and S&C learn from each other?

March 5th, 2021


Dan Lonsdale is an S&C coach from the UK with 9 years' experience working at university level preparing some of the country's top student performance sport athletes. In 2018 Dan Lonsdale Gymnastics Strength & …

Dr Andrew Pichardo (Tyler Legacy High School): Bringing Strength training into Secondary School.

February 26th, 2021


Dr Andrew Pichardo is the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Tyler Legacy High School, located in East Texas. After coaching stops with the …

Gordon MacLelland (Working with Parents in Sport): Navigating the Parent & Coach Relationship.

February 19th, 2021


Gordon MacLelland set up ‘Working with Parents in Sport’ after 20 years as a teacher and as a coach to all age levels from 7 year olds to adults. He …

Dr Jeff Cullen (Scottish Rugby): Taking the confusion out of Concussion

February 12th, 2021


Dr Jeff Cullen has been heavily involved in providing medical support in rugby for many years, both at club and international level.  He recently …

Ruben Nieves (Positive Coaching Alliance): What is a Positive Coach?

February 5th, 2021


Ruben Nieves is the Director of Training for Positive Coaching Alliance, responsible for overseeing the training and support of PCA trainers around the US. Ruben earned his Masters Degree in Education from Stanford …

Stephen Sommerville (Movement Park): A unique environment for Physical Literacy development.

January 29th, 2021


For the past 40 years, the sport of Judo has consumed Stephen's life in one way or another; as a successful competitive player, infamous national …

VJ Stanley (Balanced Excellence) Winning at all costs cheapens the victory.

January 22nd, 2021


VJ Stanley is the founder and President of Balanced Excellence. VJ was a 3 sport varsity athlete. He then went on to play junior hockey for the Rochester Monarchs and pursued his passion at Clarkson University. …

David Dunne (Hexis App) What's missing in behaviour change?

January 15th, 2021


David Dunne is a Performance Nutritionist with an array of experience working in elite sport with Harlequins, Queens Park Rangers FC, Bradford Bulls, …

Dr Nico Kolokythas (Elmhurst Ballet School, StrengthMotionMind): Lessons learned from valuable mistakes.

January 8th, 2021


Dr Nico Kolokythas has over 15 years experience in the athletic development of the adolescent in elite performance in a variety of sports (Judo, …

Steffan Jones (Wellington School/Pacelab/Rajasthan Royals): Separate Physical Education from Sport.

December 4th, 2020


Steffan Jones is the last dual professional sportsman in the United Kingdom having played 3 years professional rugby and 20 years professional cricket. Currently, he is Director of Sport Performance at a Wellington …

Jan Willem Teunissen (HAN-University & Ghent University): How movement options create opportunities.

November 27th, 2020


Jan Willem Teunissen has B. in PE and a MSc. in talent development & exercise physiology from VU University Amsterdam. In the past he worked for …

Tom Farrow (Areté Performance): Face chaos and come up with a solution.

November 20th, 2020


Tom Farrow is a Physical Performance Specialist and is the Founder & Co-Director of Areté Performance, He was the Head of Physical Performance for England & Team GB 7s Men’s teams Until August, when the …

Andy Bruce (Statera): Solving the youth athlete monitoring problem.

November 6th, 2020


Andy is an Athletic Development and Physical Well-being coach at Merchant Taylors' school and leads the UKSCA Special interest group for Strength and …

Lana Skeldon (Scotland Women's Rugby International): Doing what it takes.

October 30th, 2020


Lana Skeldon is a current International Rugby Player recently earning her 40th Cap for Scotland against France in the Women’s Six Nations.  

 In …

Ben Pullen (Cardiff Metropolitan University): Using S&C for holistic youth development.

October 23rd, 2020


Ben Pullen is a PhD student in the Youth Physical Development Centre at Cardiff Metropolitan University. His research focuses on the impact of …

Trevor Ragan (The Learner Lab): Don't train in the Zoo to compete in the Jungle.

October 16th, 2020


Trevor Ragan is the founder of The Learner Lab - an educational website designed to unpack and share the science of learning and development. He spends his time with thought leaders and researchers from the worlds of …

Dr John Radnor (Cardiff Met University): Nature or Nurture?

October 9th, 2020


Dr John Radnor is a Lecturer and researcher in Strength and Conditioning at Cardiff Metropolitan University. His research interests surround youth …

Dr Amanda Johnson (Consultant Physiotherapist): A Masterclass in Growth-related injuries

October 2nd, 2020


Amanda Johnson has worked as a physiotherapist in several sports at a high level including Great Britain Aquatic teams particularly swimming, synchro …

Brett Klika (SPIDERfit Kids): The importance of "Powerful Play"

September 25th, 2020


Brett Klika, founder of SPIDERfit Kids is regarded as an international expert in the field of inspiring kids to be active for life, He is also an  IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year award winner, author, and …

Jamie Salter (York St John University & Athlete Discovery): Is there a relationship between growth-related injury and training load?

September 18th, 2020


Jamie Salter has worked in professional football and rugby league with both youth and adult athletes in a physical preparation role at Barnsley FC, …

Helen Collins (University of Dundee): The benefits of resistance training for children.

September 11th, 2020


Helen Collins is a Sport & Exercise Scientist at the Institute of Sport and Exercise, University of Dundee.  She is currently undertaking a PhD …

Andy Taylor (Taylormade Rehab): From Manchester United's Academy to S&C Coach

September 4th, 2020


Andy Taylor was a professional footballer for nearly 10 years starting at Manchester United and then moving on to Exeter City. He completed a Foundation Degree in Sports Performance at the University of Bath in Sports …

Andy Kirkland (University of Stirling): A wart's and all guide to being an athlete in a "High Performance" environment.

August 28th, 2020


Andy Kirkland has been working professionally in sport for the last 10 years, initially as a sports scientist at the Scottish Institute of Sport, then British Cycling and now as a Lecturer in Sports Coaching at the …

Niall MacSweeney & Matt Lamarque (Royal Ballet School): The Artistic Athlete

August 21st, 2020


Niall MacSweeney completed his MSc at St Mary’s University. Whilst studying, he secured a position as an S&C coach at White Lodge, which houses …

Wendy Rijnen Glover (Catholic Central High School): The Athleadership Program

August 13th, 2020


Wendy Glover is a Health and Physical Education Teacher and Coach. She has dedicated her 22+ year career to approaching teen athletes as future …

Stuart Edwards (Stewart's Melville College, Scotland U18's): Relationships First.

August 7th, 2020


Stuart Edwards or “Eddo” is the Head of Rugby at Stewarts Melville College recently winning the Scottish Schools Cup in 2019. He is also the Backs …

Sam McKenzie (The Australian Football League): The rise of professionalism in youth sports.

July 31st, 2020


Sam's coaching background includes multiple coaching roles for AFL New Zealand, however, he has primarily been a skills coach in Rugby Union and …

Nathan Parnham (The Sporting Parent, St Augustine's College): Having an impact on individuals for life.

July 24th, 2020


Nathan Parnham is an Athletic Development Coach based in Sydney Australia. He has worked in various roles throughout his career in the development …

Shayne Murphy (Scottish FA, City Football Group, Setanta College, SDM Performance): The developing football athlete

July 17th, 2020


Shayne qualified with a first- class honours degree in Sports and Exercise Sciences from University of Limerick in 2010, completing his MSc in Sport Science in 2012, certifying as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in …

Robin Eager (England Rugby): The developing rugby athlete

July 10th, 2020


Robin is currently the Men’s Pathways Athletic Performance Manager at England Rugby, having worked with the Under-20s team for 6 seasons now. Having …

Amy Spencer & Megan Hill (Southampton FC): Maturation in a Professional Football Academy.

July 3rd, 2020


Amy Spencer is an Accredited Sports Psychologist at Southampton FC. She has worked at the club for the last eight years ranging from 1st team players …

Mark Robertson (ASM Clermont Auvergne Rugby Club): From the Scottish Borders to Brazil

June 29th, 2020


Mark Robertson is a former International Rugby Sevens player and Olympian, amassing 56 tournaments for Scotland Sevens, securing their first ever HSBC World Series win in London, as well as winning a silver medal for …

Dr Martina Navarro (University of Portsmouth): The Athletic Skills Model

June 26th, 2020


Dr Martina Navarro is a Senior lecturer in the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science, University of Portsmouth. She is an Experimental …

Owen Satterley (Better Human Performance): The Student Athlete

June 22nd, 2020


Over the last 19 years Owen has worked with youth, senior, international and professional athletes as well as working in the entertainment and corporate health industries, spending time working in London, Australia, and …

Kelvin Giles (Movement Dynamics): Who's developing the Coaches?

June 15th, 2020


Kelvin Giles is a legend in Strength and Conditioning. A former UK National and Olympic Track and Field Coach, he spent 30 years in Australia’s High Performance Sport environment across organisations including the …

Annika McGivern (Mind Aware Performance): Mindset matters...

June 12th, 2020


I first came across Annika when she was presenting a series of webinars in collaboration with Black Box on: Developing Mental Fitness, Building self …

Jared Deacon (Scottish Rugby): From last place to the Olympic Games

June 8th, 2020


Jared Deacon is a former international 400m athlete. He has worked for UK Athletics, English Institute of Sport and is currently Lead Academy S&C Coach for Scottish Rugby in Edinburgh. Alongside S&C coaching, …

Dr Craig Harrison (Athlete Development Project): Get some variability!

June 5th, 2020


Dr Craig Harrison loves to show young people how to tap into their inner drive, take control of their learning & pursue their dreams with purpose …

Dave Cripps (Coalition Performance): Building something for yourself

June 1st, 2020


Dave is director of the Coalition Performance training facility in the West Midlands. He has worked for over a decade as an S&C coach, including championship-winning seasons in professional rugby union at the …

Katie Richards (British Gymnastics): Working with humans.

May 29th, 2020


Katie is a Coach Education Development Manager at British Gymnastics, as well as a BASES Accredited Sport Scientist and former Senior Sport …

Jake Aliker (Formula 1 Performance Coach): Asking better questions

May 25th, 2020


Jake has recently completed a five year stint working with Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing in Formula 1. Jake’s role had been to provide …

Dr Rhodri Lloyd (Cardiff Metropolitan University): Bringing Science and Practice together.

May 22nd, 2020

Rhodri is a Reader in Paediatric Strength and Conditioning and Chair of the Youth Physical Development Centre at Cardiff Metropolitan University. He …

Dr Richard Blagrove (Loughborough University): Training distance runners

May 18th, 2020


Richard is the Course Leader for the MSc in Strength and Conditioning at Loughborough University, previously working at St Mary’s University for 8 years as Programme Director for the BSc Strength and Conditioning …

Marina Carrier (Australian Olympic Team): Olympian in waiting...

May 15th, 2020


Marina Carrier is as 24 Year Pentathlete, who qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with the Australian Olympic Team. She has been involved in …

Neil Parsley (The Underground Training Station): Mixing coaching business with pleasure.

May 11th, 2020


 Neil Parsley is a co-founder and director of the unique and highly successful UTS gym in Wirral. He is one the most sought after and experienced …

Harry Weatherstone (Youth Athletic Development Academy): Nail the basics and earn the right.

May 8th, 2020


Harry Weatherstone is the owner of the Youth Athletic Development Academy, on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. In this podcast, 

Harry discusses: 

James McCann (Whitgift School): Integrating a movement curriculum into PE.

May 4th, 2020


James McCann is the Head of PE (Practical) at Whitgift School. He is also the founder of The Animal Lab.

In this podcast James discusses:

  • Driving …

James Mealing (Harlequins Rugby Academy): Self Driven Athletes

May 1st, 2020


James Mealing is the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Harlequins Rugby Academy.

In this episode James discusses:

  • His big influences in …

Andy Woodward (Barnard Castle School): Becoming a more holistic coach

April 27th, 2020


Andy Woodward is the Head of Performance Sport and Strength & Conditioning Coach at Barnard Castle School.

In this episode Andy discusses:

James Marshall (Excelsior): Coach the athlete in front of you

April 24th, 2020


James Marshall is the Owner of Excelsior Athletic Training and Director of Excelsior Athletic Development Club, as well as a coach educator and mentor, business owner and director. He is also the author of "Training …

Paul Kilgannon (CARVER Coaching): Values and character in coaching

April 20th, 2020


Paul is a Coach Developer and Creator of The CARVER Framework. He helps people build their Coaching World. He consult with Sporting Organisations and …

Tom Coughlin (Scottish Rugby): Nutrition basics for young athletes

April 17th, 2020


Tom Coughlin is currently the Lead Nutritionist for the Male Pathway within Scottish Rugby, working from the U16's National Age Grade Squads, right  up to the Senior National Team players.

In this podcast, Tom …

Kevin Mannion (Gloucester Rugby Academy): Building autonomy and giving something back

April 13th, 2020


Kevin Mannion is the Academy Head of Performance at Gloucester Rugby.

In this episode Kevin discusses:

  • His Rugby League career.

  • How academy …

Darren Ritchie (England Athletics): The importance of Coach Development and Mentoring

April 6th, 2020


Darren Ritchie is the Event Group Lead for Jumps and Combined Events at England Athletics. He previously spent 11 years at Scottish Athletics in …

Andy Blyth (Simplyperform): Teach it, Test it, Tweak it

March 30th, 2020


Andy Blyth is a Sport and Performance Psychologist, based in Edinburgh, specialising in one-to-one coaching to help people get better at what they …

Olie Trotman (United World College South East Asia) - Confidence, Competence, Capacity and Choice

March 23rd, 2020


Olie Trotman is the Strength & Conditioning Coordinator at the United World College, South East Asia, which is an international school with over …

John Hall (Access Parkour): The use of Parkour as a donor sport.

March 15th, 2020


John Hall or 'Hedge' discovered Parkour in late 2004 after watching a Parkour video in school. After a short career in academia, he founded Access …

Dave Hembrough (Sheffield Hallam University): Using Strength & Conditioning for Social Change

March 9th, 2020


Dave Hembrough is a Strength & Conditioning Coach and Sports Science Officer at Sheffield Hallam University, as well as the Head Coach of Hallam Barbell and a Coach Educator for British Weightlifting. He has started …

Allistair McCaw (Champion Minded): Leadership isn't about authority, it's about influence.

March 2nd, 2020


Allistair McCaw is a world leader in human performance, team culture and leadership. For over 25 years, he has worked with numerous Fortune 500 …

Dr Mike Hislop (World Rugby): The Activate Program

February 24th, 2020


Dr Mike Hislop is a a researcher within the Technical Services Department at World Rugby, the global governing body for Rugby Union. His research was used to create the Activate program, which reduced soft tissue …

Guy Pitchers (Canterbury Christ Church University): The female athlete

February 17th, 2020


Guy Pitchers is a PhD researchers in Female Athletic populations, as well as a Instructor in Sport Science at Canterbury Christ Church University. He …

Dr Joe Eisenmann: No laps, No lines, No lectures

February 10th, 2020


Dr. Joe Eisenmann is a scholar-practitioner with 25 years of experience as a professor, researcher, sport scientist, coach educator, strength & …

Tim Stevenson & David Jackson (School of Calisthenics): Redefining Impossible

January 27th, 2020


Tim Stevenson (Head of Exercise Science & Handstands) and David "Jacko" Jackson (Head of Human Flags) are both Strength and Conditioning coaches …

Howard Green (HGreen Tennis Fit): Lessons from the Royal Marines

January 20th, 2020


Howard Green is the Director of HGreen Tennis Fit, as well as the Head of Sports Science at Bolton Tennis Arena. 

In this episode Howard discusses

Louise Hastie (Movement Evolution Scotland): Encouraging children into Free Spirit Sports

January 13th, 2020


Louise Hastie is one of the Directors at Movement Evolution. 

In this episode Louise discusses:

  • Her unique childhood background.
  • Her background in …

Matt Goodman (Active Future): Fortnite and Freeplay

December 1st, 2019


Matt Goodman is the Group Managing Director at Active Future, as well as a PhD candidate by publication at Northumbria University. 

In this podcast …

John Scriven (Jersey Sport Foundation): Talent Development

November 25th, 2019


John Scriven is the Head of Services at the Jersey Sport Foundation. 

In this podcast, he discusses:

  • His frustration in athletics forming the …

Steve Curnyn (Hibernian FC Academy): Creating ownership

November 18th, 2019


In this episode Steve Curnyn, Head of Academy Football Medicine and Science at Hibernian FC discusses:

  • His journey into coaching, including his 5 …

Simon Brundish (StrengthLab): Physical Literacy for Superheroes

November 11th, 2019


In this episode Simon Brundish, Founder of StrengthLab and creator Superheroes discusses: 

  • How many coaches have come from a PE teaching …

Andy Bruce (Merchant Taylors’ School): Implementing S&C in an Independent School

November 4th, 2019


In this episode Andy Bruce discusses: 

  • His unusual journey to becoming a Youth Strength & Conditioning Coach. 

  • What "success" looks like …

Rob Smaldon & Sam Guy (Cornwall High Performance): Running a successful youth coaching business

October 21st, 2019


In this episode Sam Guy and Rob Smaldon, Founders of Cornwall High Performance (CHP) discuss:

  • Their varied sporting backgrounds.

  • How Cornwall …

Grant Mcleod (Buriram United FDP): Creating a common coaching language and coaching across cultures.

October 21st, 2019


In this episode Grant Mcleod, Head of Performance Projects at Buriram United FDP discusses:

The challenges of coaching in a foreign language and …

Shane Fitzgibbon (Connacht Tae Kwon Do): 6 x World Champion in Tae Kwon Do, 2015 IYCA Coach of the Year.

October 14th, 2019


In this episode Shane discusses:

  • The influences behind his entry into Martial Arts.

  • His dual career in Martial Arts Instructing and Strength …

Fergus Pringle: From South Africa to Edinburgh Rugby with the Watsonians Super 6 coach and former Romania U20's Coach and East Lothian Rugby Development Officer

October 7th, 2019


*This podcast was originally recorded in January 2018*

In this episode Fergus discusses:

  • Growing up in South Africa playing cricket, rugby, …

Ben Pipes: From Hull’s concrete floors to the Olympics with the former Team GB Volleyball Captain and London 2012 Olympian.

September 30th, 2019


*This episode was originally recorded in February 2018*.  

In this episode we discuss:  

  • Ben's journey from discovering volleyball as a …


September 27th, 2019


A brief introduction to the Athletic Evolution Podcast!

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