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Summer Reading for Sports Coaches
June 23, 2017
Book recommendations for sports coaches Summer is here and I have just returned from the GAIN conference in Houston where fellow sports coaches and bibliophiles shared book ideas and recommendations. Here are some of mine from this year, plus a full list of what I have read with a brief summary. Best coaching book I […]

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James Marshall

  1. Why Lego is a symbol of lack of sporting creativity

    Lego and sports clubs have become sterile environments Lego sets used to stimulate children’s (and their parent’s) imaginations. In the 1970s the goal of Lego was to use imagination and explore as you can see in the letter on the right. Now, Lego blocks are almost always sold as part of some marketing tie- in […]

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  2. Excelsior ADC awarded Sport England Grant

    Excelsior ADC awarded £8756 from Sport England I am delighted to announce that we have been successful in our application to Sport England’s small grants programme. The money will be used to develop the Weightlifting section of our club. The grant we will be used in 3 main parts: Equipment: we shall be buying Eleiko […]

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  3. Bring back the 80s: Why today’s child is less prepared for sport.

    Childhood obesity on the rise, kids unprepared for sport In the news this week was the worrying fact that children as young as 7 are already becoming less active. The rise in childhood obesity can be seen in Primary schools. This trend can be seen since the 1980s and has an implication for sports coaches […]

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  4. Let your child play sport rather than just compete

    Children need to play more and compete less Children who get injured or burntout may be competing at sport too much and have too little opportunity to just play. These words on shoulder operations by Hall of Fame baseball player John Smoltz ring very true. “I want to encourage the families and parents that are […]

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  5. Teaching Literacy on World Book Day

    Happy World Book Day I hope you get a chance to read a good book. I am currently reading “They Marched Into Sunlight” by David Marannis. Do your children enjoy reading? Without a good book (in their terms) it is unlikely they will learn to read well no matter what ill-advised literacy scheme their school introduces. […]

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  6. How to Get Stronger: Learning from the Strongest.

    How Strong is Strong Enough?

    This is a current “Hot topic” in the UK and Australia. “How much strength training should I do?” is a question I am often asked, or more likely “Why should I lift weights?

    Our regular readers and athletes will know the approach we take working on all aspects of the Strength Spectrum, but in different degrees according to age, stage and sport.

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  7. How to change habits: part 1

    “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

    aristotleAristotle’s quote is often used,  but it is hard to follow. When working with athletes, it is often the intangibles that make the difference to the overall outcome of the training programme.

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  8. Love to read books 2016

    Love to read ? Here are the 78 books I have read in 2016, with a brief commentary on each. My top 3 books read this year are: Physical Education for Children: A Focus on the Teaching Process. Ed Bette Longsden. Start With Why: Simon Sinek. Harry’s War: Harry Drinkwater. It would be great if you […]

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Dan James – Paralympian
During the build up to the Beijing Paralympics I was fortunate to be able to train with Excelsior. During this time James delivered a specific eleven month training block to me starting from base fitness up to more complex circuits and exercises. James would always take part in our sessions and this really helped motivate me, as we would push each other to achieve during the sessions. James was flexible around my shift work and would always answer any questions I had, however daft they sounded!

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Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Course – Horsham, Sussex
14 Oct 2017

Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Course – Horsham. 14th -15th October 2017 Venue: Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, W. Sussex, RH13 0LA. Assessment Day: Sunday 3rd December 2017. Cost: £280 including materials and access to online resources. To book send a deposit of £100 here. The deposit is non refundable.  Once the full balance has been paid and your place […]