The Athletic Evolution Podcast

The Athletic Evolution Podcast

www.athleticevolution.co.uk
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 athletes, helping us all to improve our coaching with young athletes.


Trevor Ragan (The Learner Lab): Don’t train in the Zoo to compete in the Jungle.
Oct 16 • 50 min
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 psychology and developmental science,…
Dr John Radnor (Cardiff Met University): Nature or Nurture?
Oct 9 • 67 min
Dr John Radnor is a Lecturer and researcher in Strength and Conditioning at Cardiff Metropolitan University. His research interests surround youth S&C, and he has recently completed his PhD in Paediatric Exercise Science. John has previously worked with…
Dr Amanda Johnson (Consultant Physiotherapist): A Masterclass in Growth-related injuries
Oct 2 • 81 min
Amanda Johnson has worked as a physiotherapist in several sports at a high level including Great Britain Aquatic teams particularly swimming, synchro swimming and 10 years with the GB diving team. She has also travelled with the England Athletics Team to…
Brett Klika (SPIDERfit Kids): The importance of “Powerful Play”
Sep 25 • 59 min
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 international motivational speaker inspiring men,…
Jamie Salter (York St John University & Athlete Discovery): Is there a relationship between growth-related injury and training load?
Sep 18 • 56 min
Jamie Salter has worked in professional football and rugby league with both youth and adult athletes in a physical preparation role at Barnsley FC, Middlesbrough FC and York Knights RLFC whilst working with various athletes on an ad-hoc basis for many…
Helen Collins (University of Dundee): The benefits of resistance training for children.
Sep 11 • 50 min
Helen Collins is a Sport & Exercise Scientist at the Institute of Sport and Exercise, University of Dundee. She is currently undertaking a PhD through the University of Edinburgh, investigating resistance training as a strategy to encourage less active…
Andy Taylor (Taylormade Rehab): From Manchester United’s Academy to S&C Coach
Sep 4 • 46 min
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 Performance and a First Class honours…
Andy Kirkland (University of Stirling): A wart’s and all guide to being an athlete in a “High Performance” environment.
Aug 28 • 55 min
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 University of Stirling. He’s been…
Niall MacSweeney & Matt Lamarque (Royal Ballet School): The Artistic Athlete
Aug 21 • 67 min
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 The Royal Ballet School students aged 11-16. Niall has previously worked with a variety of sports including the…
Wendy Rijnen Glover (Catholic Central High School): The Athleadership Program
Aug 13 • 47 min
Wendy Glover is a Health and Physical Education Teacher and Coach. She has dedicated her 22+ year career to approaching teen athletes as future contributors to sport through education, community involvement, and mentorship. She has written Health and…
Stuart Edwards (Stewart’s Melville College, Scotland U18’s): Relationships First.
Aug 7 • 51 min
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 coach for the Scotland U18 National Team, as well as a current player for Heriots in the Super 6 league in…
Sam McKenzie (The Australian Football League): The rise of professionalism in youth sports.
Jul 31 • 74 min
Sam’s coaching background includes multiple coaching roles for AFL New Zealand, however, he has primarily been a skills coach in Rugby Union and League, specialising in kicking and high ball catching. He has worked across the youth, community and…
Nathan Parnham (The Sporting Parent, St Augustine’s College): Having an impact on individuals for life.
Jul 24 • 52 min
Nathan Parnham is an Athletic Development Coach based in Sydney Australia. He has worked in various roles throughout his career in the development and professional space across both genders for close to two decades. He has recently taken up a role as head…
Shayne Murphy (Scottish FA, City Football Group, Setanta College, SDM Performance): The developing football athlete
Jul 17 • 46 min
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 2013. Shayne has been working in elite…
Robin Eager (England Rugby): The developing rugby athlete
Jul 10 • 70 min
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 previously held roles in the Academies at both Gloucester Rugby and Leicester Tigers, Robin has good…
Amy Spencer & Megan Hill (Southampton FC): Maturation in a Professional Football Academy.
Jul 3 • 42 min
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 to U9’s, covering various aspects of performance to well-being. She is also currently completing a PhD in…
Mark Robertson (ASM Clermont Auvergne Rugby Club): From the Scottish Borders to Brazil
Jun 29 • 53 min
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…
Dr Martina Navarro (University of Portsmouth): The Athletic Skills Model
Jun 26 • 76 min
Dr Martina Navarro is a Senior lecturer in the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science, University of Portsmouth. She is an Experimental Psychologist, with a range of interests in the area of skill learning, expertise and performance under pressure.…
Owen Satterley (Better Human Performance): The Student Athlete
Jun 22 • 76 min
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 New Zealand. He also has a history,…
Kelvin Giles (Movement Dynamics): Who’s developing the Coaches?
Jun 15 • 65 min
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 Australian Institute of Sport, Queensland…
Annika McGivern (Mind Aware Performance): Mindset matters…
Jun 12 • 76 min
I first came across Annika when she was presenting a series of webinars in collaboration with Black Box on: Developing Mental Fitness, Building self awareness and Finding and Enhancing Resilience Annika work with athletes, coaches and personal trainers to…
Jared Deacon (Scottish Rugby): From last place to the Olympic Games
Jun 8 • 53 min
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, Jared has also coached international sprinters…
Dr Craig Harrison (Athlete Development Project): Get some variability!
Jun 5 • 74 min
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 & passion. An expert in youth athlete development, Craig specialises in the physical and mental sides of…
Dave Cripps (Coalition Performance): Building something for yourself
Jun 1 • 58 min
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 premiership level, and across a dozen sports…
Katie Richards (British Gymnastics): Working with humans.
May 29 • 59 min
Katie is a Coach Education Development Manager at British Gymnastics, as well as a BASES Accredited Sport Scientist and former Senior Sport Psychology & Coaching Science Lecturer at St Mary’s University for many years. Katie has been a leading figure…
Jake Aliker (Formula 1 Performance Coach): Asking better questions
May 25 • 105 min
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 performance management through physical conditioning, mentoring and ensuring optimal energy for lifestyle and race…
Dr Rhodri Lloyd (Cardiff Metropolitan University): Bringing Science and Practice together.
May 22 • 46 min
Rhodri is a Reader in Paediatric Strength and Conditioning and Chair of the Youth Physical Development Centre at Cardiff Metropolitan University. He also holds a research associate position with Auckland University of Technology and is a research fellow…
Dr Richard Blagrove (Loughborough University): Training distance runners
May 18 • 40 min
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 Science, and was Lead S&C Coach for Sport…
Marina Carrier (Australian Olympic Team): Olympian in waiting…
May 15 • 28 min
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 Pentathlon since the age of 12. At the senior level, her highest world ranking was #39, whilst her she…
Neil Parsley (The Underground Training Station): Mixing coaching business with pleasure.
May 11 • 63 min
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 S&C coaches in the UK consulting for the English National FA as well as the English Rugby Football Union. He…
Harry Weatherstone (Youth Athletic Development Academy): Nail the basics and earn the right.
May 8 • 30 min
Harry Weatherstone is the owner of the Youth Athletic Development Academy, on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. In this podcast, Harry discusses: His background as a tennis athlete and coach. How he transitioned into athletic development. The value of…
James McCann (Whitgift School): Integrating a movement curriculum into PE.
May 4 • 39 min
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 change in an independent school. Establishing an integrated movement and games PE curriculum. His opinion on…
James Mealing (Harlequins Rugby Academy): Self Driven Athletes
May 1 • 50 min
James Mealing is the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Harlequins Rugby Academy. In this episode James discusses: His big influences in his coaching journey. Why no one is above the basics. The importance of educating the athlete. The weekly schedule…
Andy Woodward (Barnard Castle School): Becoming a more holistic coach
Apr 27 • 41 min
Andy Woodward is the Head of Performance Sport and Strength & Conditioning Coach at Barnard Castle School. In this episode Andy discusses: His background in the Royal Air Force. What his role looks like day to day in the school How coaching multiple…
James Marshall (Excelsior): Coach the athlete in front of you
Apr 24 • 44 min
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 Young Athletes”, “Get Stronger”, “Run…
Paul Kilgannon (CARVER Coaching): Values and character in coaching
Apr 20 • 58 min
Paul is a Coach Developer and Creator of The CARVER Framework. He helps people build their Coaching World. He consult with Sporting Organisations and Clubs as well as Corporate Entities in relation to creating Learning and Performance Environments. In…
Tom Coughlin (Scottish Rugby): Nutrition basics for young athletes
Apr 17 • 32 min
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 discusses: Why he uses and athlete-led…
Kevin Mannion (Gloucester Rugby Academy): Building autonomy and giving something back
Apr 13 • 66 min
Kevin Mannion is the Academy Head of Performance at Gloucester Rugby. In this episode Kevin discusses: His Rugby League career. How academy success is built of longevity of staff. Making yourself redundant as a coach. Being vulnerable enough to ask others…
Darren Ritchie (England Athletics): The importance of Coach Development and Mentoring
Apr 6 • 49 min
Darren Ritchie is the Event Group Lead for Jumps and Combined Events at England Athletics. He previously spent 11 years at Scottish Athletics in variety of roles including National Jumps and Combined Events Manager, Performance Manager, National Coach…
Andy Blyth (Simplyperform): Teach it, Test it, Tweak it
Mar 30 • 70 min
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 care about. Andy is also the owner of Simplyperform, as well as the Academy Sport Psychologist Hearts…
Olie Trotman (United World College South East Asia) - Confidence, Competence, Capacity and Choice
Mar 23 • 52 min
Olie Trotman is the Strength & Conditioning Coordinator at the United World College, South East Asia, which is an international school with over 5,000 students across two campuses, serving students aged 5 – 18. In this podcast, Olie discusses: His…
John Hall (Access Parkour): The use of Parkour as a donor sport.
Mar 15 • 45 min
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 Parkour in 2013. Hedge delivers most of Access Parkour’s conditioning and movement programs taking a special…
Dave Hembrough (Sheffield Hallam University): Using Strength & Conditioning for Social Change
Mar 9 • 62 min
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 numerous community based initiatives…
Allistair McCaw (Champion Minded): Leadership isn’t about authority, it’s about influence.
Mar 2 • 49 min
Allistair McCaw is a world leader in human performance, team culture and leadership. For over 25 years, he has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies, Olympians, Grand Slam Champions, NCAA Colleges and Professional Sports Teams. He is also the author…
Dr Mike Hislop (World Rugby): The Activate Program
Feb 24 • 40 min
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 injuries by up to 40% and concussions by…
Guy Pitchers (Canterbury Christ Church University): The female athlete
Feb 17 • 51 min
Guy Pitchers is a PhD researchers in Female Athletic populations, as well as a Instructor in Sport Science at Canterbury Christ Church University. He is also a Strength & Conditioning Coach for Charlton FC Ladies. In this podcast Guy discusses: The…
Dr Joe Eisenmann: No laps, No lines, No lectures
Feb 10 • 52 min
Dr. Joe Eisenmann is a scholar-practitioner with 25 years of experience as a professor, researcher, sport scientist, coach educator, strength & conditioning coach, and youth sports coach. Currently, he is a consultant and serves as the Head of Sport…
Tim Stevenson & David Jackson (School of Calisthenics): Redefining Impossible
Jan 27 • 61 min
Tim Stevenson (Head of Exercise Science & Handstands) and David “Jacko” Jackson (Head of Human Flags) are both Strength and Conditioning coaches and Founders of the “School of Calisthenics”. In this episode they discuss; Their accidental route into…
Howard Green (HGreen Tennis Fit): Lessons from the Royal Marines
Jan 20 • 63 min
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 How his background in the high performance environment of the Royal Marines has shaped him as a coach. His…
Louise Hastie (Movement Evolution Scotland): Encouraging children into Free Spirit Sports
Jan 13 • 49 min
Louise Hastie is one of the Directors at Movement Evolution. In this episode Louise discusses: Her unique childhood background. Her background in recreational and competition skiing. The balance of winning medals and fostering intrinsic motivation.…
Dr Sean Cumming (Bath University): An idiot’s guide to Growth, Maturation and Biobanding
Dec 9, 2019 • 56 min
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, Football Association, Lawn Tennis Association and Bath Rugby. In this podcast Sean discusses: The differences…
Matt Goodman (Active Future): Fortnite and Freeplay
Dec 1, 2019 • 45 min
Matt Goodman is the Group Managing Director at Active Future, as well as a PhD candidate by publication at Northumbria University. In this podcast Matt discusses: How longevity is his main score of success. The unexpected success of “Fortnite” style…
John Scriven (Jersey Sport Foundation): Talent Development
Nov 25, 2019 • 85 min
John Scriven is the Head of Services at the Jersey Sport Foundation. In this podcast, he discusses: His frustration in athletics forming the foundation for a curiosity in coaching. His long list of coaching influences. A brief overview of Russian talent…
Steve Curnyn (Hibernian FC Academy): Creating ownership
Nov 18, 2019 • 53 min
In this episode Steve Curnyn, Head of Academy Football Medicine and Science at Hibernian FC discusses: His journey into coaching, including his 5 minutes of fame! Why ownership is the ultimate success in a youth physical development program. Why bringing…
Simon Brundish (StrengthLab): Physical Literacy for Superheroes
Nov 11, 2019 • 46 min
In this episode Simon Brundish, Founder of StrengthLab and creator Superheroes discusses: How many coaches have come from a PE teaching background. His unique purpose for coaching kids. The problems with modern day PE curriculum. How he came to create the…
Andy Bruce (Merchant Taylors’ School): Implementing S&C in an Independent School
Nov 4, 2019 • 66 min
In this episode Andy Bruce discusses: His unusual journey to becoming a Youth Strength & Conditioning Coach. What “success” looks like to him as a Youth coach. The challenges of implementing S&C in an independent school setting. A new app he is involved…
Grant Mcleod (Buriram United FDP): Creating a common coaching language and coaching across cultures.
Oct 21, 2019 • 52 min
In this episode Grant Mcleod, Head of Performance Projects at Buriram United FDP discusses: The challenges of coaching in a foreign language and culture in Thailand. Creating a common coaching vocabulary and syllabus. Using small sided games to develop…
Rob Smaldon & Sam Guy (Cornwall High Performance): Running a successful youth coaching business
Oct 21, 2019 • 37 min
In this episode Sam Guy and Rob Smaldon, Founders of Cornwall High Performance (CHP) discuss: Their varied sporting backgrounds. How Cornwall High Performance began. The challenges they face coaching youth athletes. The autonomy of running your own…
Shane Fitzgibbon (Connacht Tae Kwon Do): 6 x World Champion in Tae Kwon Do, 2015 IYCA Coach of the Year.
Oct 14, 2019 • 63 min
In this episode Shane discusses: The influences behind his entry into Martial Arts. His dual career in Martial Arts Instructing and Strength & Conditioning Coaching. His “Why” for coaching kids in particular, with one of the best coaches a compliment can…
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
Oct 7, 2019 • 65 min
*This podcast was originally recorded in January 2018* In this episode Fergus discusses: Growing up in South Africa playing cricket, rugby, squash and hockey. How he got into coaching as a young student. Differences coaching younger athletes. Why love of…
Ben Pipes: From Hull’s concrete floors to the Olympics with the former Team GB Volleyball Captain and London 2012 Olympian.
Sep 30, 2019 • 69 min
*This episode was originally recorded in February 2018*. In this episode we discuss: Ben’s journey from discovering volleyball as a schoolboy, to playing at a Home Olympic Games in front of 15,000 fans. Sharing a bubble bath with Manchester United legend…
Introduction
Sep 27, 2019 • 2 min
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