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ECB Leading to Performance Day 3: Sport Science and Sport Medicine

Day 3 of the ECB’s Leading to Performance Conference at St George’s Park brought together the network of sport science and sport medicine practitioners servicing cricket. Raph Brandon Raph Brandon, the recently appointed Head of ECB Sport Science and Sport Medicine (formerly Director of Performance Solutions at the EIS) opened the day's proceedings. Raph has been with the EIS for twelve years and he discussed his move within the organisation from a strength and conditioning service provider to the role of Director of Performance Solutions. Raph presented a case study of service support for Jenny Jones, a Slopestyle Snowboarder, to explore an...

ECB Leading to Performance: Day 1 Keynotes

It has been a delightful, thought-provoking first day at the ECB Conference at St. George's Park. Paul Downton welcomed everyone. In his address he contrasted his experiences in cricket twenty years ago with his experiences now as Managing Director - English Cricket. I really enjoyed his discussion of the role teachers and coaches play in transforming people's lives. Andy Flower followed on from Paul's welcome address. Andy talked about Learning to Lead. Andy is now the ECB's Technical Director of Elite Coaching. Andy's talk was wide-ranging. He discussed: Environments and culture Winning and losing Change Sustaining success I enjoyed learning about the significance of honesty, personal responsibility...

At St George’s Park with the ECB and Billy Wright

It is Day 1 at the ECB's Leading to Performance Conference at St George’s Park. Today's program has three keynote presentations. A welcome from Peter Downton. Andy Flower discussing Leading and Learning. Simon Weston sharing his story. There are six workshops too: Leadership with Integrity (Harry Bartlett) The Silent Killers of Coaching Careers (John Neal) In Transition (me) Perception and Change (Keir Worth) Leading the Lions (Mark Robinson) Action Types Applied (Gordon Lord and Mark Garaway) I arrived at the Park last night and was delighted to discover that Billy Wright would be watching over me. He was the first player I saw in my first copies of Football Monthly. This is an...

Status and Impact

Introduction My friend, Gordon, has been following up on research articles for coaches. One of his finds today is a SportsCoach UK summary of How a Coach's Reputation Influences Player Behaviour. (A copy of the paper that prompted the summary can be found here.) We have been exchanging ideas about the leadership and followership dimensions of two workshops I am facilitating at an ECB Conference this week at St George's Park. I have been working through some ethological studies of leading and following. One of the studies I am looking at is exploring the impact of personality on animal social behaviour. Jolle Jolles was...

On the Bus

Introduction I am looking forward to facilitating a workshop on Day 2 of the ECB's Leading to Performance Conference this week. This workshop is planned for support staff. I chose the title On the Bus to convey my sense of the journeys support staff make with sport coaches. I am going to use these slides to frame the workshop discussions. I have drawn this Mindmap to summarise these slides. The workshop is linked to an In Transition workshop on Day 1 of the Conference. Leading and Following As I have been preparing for the workshops I have been thinking about leading and following. I am using a...

Leading to Performance

I am in England this week. I am taking part in the ECB's Leading to Performance Conference at the Football Association's St George's Park, Burton-on-Trent. There are six keynote addresses during the two days of the Conference. A welcome address by Paul Downton. Andy Flower on Leading and Learning. Simon Weston on his story. Peter Moores, Andy Flower and Kevin Shine on the Fellowship of Elite Coaches. Gemma Morgan on The Sticky Stuff. Stuart Lancaster. There are six workshops on Day 1 of the Conference: Leadership with Integrity (Harry Bartlett) The Silent Killers of Coaching Careers (John Neal) In Transition (me) Perception and Change (Keir Worth) Leading the Lions (Mark Robinson) Action Types...

Workshops at the Challenge Conference

Gordon Lord has created a remarkable workshop program at the Challenge Conference this week. There are ten workshops over the two days of the conference. On Wednesday (17 October): Nathan Leamon specialises in evidence-based approaches to tactical analysis and to skill acquisition in training. He has developed a wide variety of tools and techniques to help teams optimise their onfield tactics and their use of training time. His workshop is titled Moneyball and Cricket. Chris Grant's Team Checklist workshop offers three lenses through which the operation of a team can be studied at any moment: Are we doing the right things? (content);
Are we organised...