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The LTAD Network Podcast

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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


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

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 Great Britain at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Since retiring he has worked as a Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Scottish Rugby Academy before moving on to ASM Clermont Auvergne.

In this episode Mark discusses:

  • Growing up in the 7's hotspot of Melrose.

  • How goalsetting became a big driver in his development and performance.

  • Acheiving the "Dream" of a Melrose 7's final and his journey to the Pro game.

  • The lows of injury and deselection in his career.

  • The highs of the first World Series win at Twickenham, going back to back, and the Rio Olympics.

  • The importance of players building interests and identity outside of their sport.

  • The challenges of moving to France and coaching in a different language.

You can keep up to date with Mark via his Instagram: @markyrobertson and learn about the School of 7's via their website  and Instagram: @schoolof7s .

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