Podcast

I have been Guest Hosting the #DeepDive podcast for Rugby Coach Weekly which is a series of long-form interviews with various Players, Coaches, Academics and characters around the game. Here is a list of the podcasts and there is a summary of each at the bottom of the page. A huge thank you to Dan Cottrell for giving me the opportunity to publish these via Rugby Coach Weekly, I have loved the process.

Paul Hodgson – former England 9, Pro-team coach and now a Director of Sport at Cranmore School

Apple – https://apple.co/2zpQ0fg

Android – http://bit.ly/PaulHodgsonPod

Tom Farrow – Former Head of Strength and Conditioning for England 7s and owner of Areté Performance – www.arete-performance.com

Apple – https://bit.ly/TomFarrow

Android – https://bit.ly/AndroidFarrow

Andre Quinn – Head of Athletic Performance at Cavan GAA. He was previously a strength and conditioning coach at London Irish and Sport Scientist at Harlequins

Apple – https://apple.co/2YSjFry

Android – https://bit.ly/AndreQuinnGooglePod

Mark Williams – interim Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach for Basketball England, a Lecturer in Sports Science and former Head of S&C for GB Basketball & Southend United FC

Apple – https://apple.co/3kcN3kR

Android – https://bit.ly/MarkWilliamsPodcast

Johnny O’Connor – Strength and Conditioning Coach with Connacht Rugby. He previously played for the province as well as Wasps and Ireland

Apple – https://apple.co/3jJfBRI

Android – https://bit.ly/JohnnyOCPod

Jamie Taylor – former head of Academy at Leicester Tigers and now working with Grey Matters as a Senior Coach Developer and the English Institute of Sport as the coaching and curriculum lead. He is a Coach, Coach Developer and Researcher in Coaching Science with a particular focus on Talent Development

Apple – https://bit.ly/JamieTaylorApplePod

Android – https://bit.ly/JamieTaylorPod

William Wayland – a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach and owner of Powering Through Performance Gym

Apple – https://bit.ly/WillWaylandApple

Android – https://bit.ly/WillWaylandAndroid

Jamie Taylor Part II – an even deeper dive into teaching, learning and decision making

Apple – https://bit.ly/JamieTaylorApple2

Android – https://bit.ly/JamieTaylorPod2

 


Paul Hodgson – former England 9, Pro-team coach and now a Director of Sport at Cranmore School

In this podcast, Paul shares stories and experiences from his playing, coaching and teaching careers. We chat about:

  • Paul’s lessons from pro-sport that he now uses to develop young players
  • Formative experiences at Bristol with Jack Rowell, Agustin Pichot and Felipe Contepomi
  • Lessons on work ethic and building a fitness base from Mike Catt and Jonny Wilkinson
  • The importance of good communication and relationships with players, especially around selection
  • Working with the elemental force that is Brendan Venter

Tom Farrow – Former Head of Strength and Conditioning for England 7s and owner of Areté Performance

  • Lessons from 7’s for all rugby players.
  • What young players should focus on in order to make the leap to being a professional player.
  • The PLAY (Physically Literate Athletic Youths) and Freedom frameworks Arete uses with young players.
  • Tom’s varied and chaotic path to coaching at the elite level and his immersive approach to personal development.
  • The story behind Tom’s mission to cultivate heroes and the influence of Eastern philosophy on his approach.
  • What Comedians can teach coaches.
  • The importance of body control in contact skills and what it means to “Be like water”

Andre Quinn – Head of Athletic Performance at Cavan GAA. He was previously a strength and conditioning coach at London Irish and Sport Scientist at Harlequins

  • Where Andre’s curiosity for improving performance came from
  • How the day-to-day training in a Premiership club is set up and why
  • Training considerations for amateur clubs
  • How the team coped unexpectedly well with a huge increase in workload demanded by a new head coach
  • Brendan Venter’s approach to motivation and the organisation of training at London Irish Andre’s experiences of dealing with cancer and how he approached his treatment

Mark Williams – interim Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach for Basketball England, a Lecturer in Sports Science and former Head of S&C for GB Basketball & Southend United FC

  • Mark’s story from semi-pro rugby player to a professional S&C coach
  • Lessons from the Covid lockdown
  • The value in focussing on the basics of movement
  • The story behind Mark’s PhD and why player autonomy became central to his thinking
  • The Paradox of S&C – How can the controlled environment of the gym carry over to the chaos of sport?
  • Completing the circle – Marks’ evolution of thinking, from questioning the importance of S&C to the role he now sees it playing in developing players

Johnny O’Connor – Strength and Conditioning Coach with Connacht Rugby. He previously played for the province as well as Wasps and Ireland

  • The Paradox of S&C – How can the controlled environment of the gym carry over to the chaos of sport?
  • Completing the circle – Marks’ evolution of thinking, from questioning the importance of S&C to the role he now sees it playing in developing players
  • His background from playing rugby with Connacht & Ireland to S&C soach as the world’s oldest intern at Arsenal.
  • Johnny’s key takeaways from working with coaches such as Liam Hennessy, Craig White and Warren Gatland.
  • The three key aspects for developing young players – discipline, work ethic and the ability to accept failure and how important it is to set that standard as the coach.
  • The importance of creating connections with players but needing to understand yourself to be able to do that.
  • Cultural differences between soccer and rugby.
  • The influence of Shane McDonald
  • The environment at Wasps in the early 2000’s
  • The psychological and emotional toll that builds over a rugby career
  • What rugby can learn from football

Jamie Taylor – former head of Academy at Leicester Tigers and now working with Grey Matters as a Senior Coach Developer and the English Institute of Sport as the coaching and curriculum lead. He is a Coach, Coach Developer and Researcher in Coaching Science with a particular focus on Talent Development

Part I: Psycho-behavioural Characteristics of Developing Excellence – the mental traits and states that underpin Talent Development

  • Why are they important? Jamie discusses his research showing how a lack of mental skills was a key factor in players who were expected to make it to the top but didn’t
  • How PCDEs can be used to evaluate Players’ needs analysis
  • Practical Implementation of PCDEs

Part II: Deep Dive on Coach Development

Jamie’s reflections on his early Coaching & Teaching career – the importance of declarative and procedural knowledge

  • How his early mentors supported him via challenging him
  • The importance of “Why?” in appraising & implementing methods & knowledge
  • The value for Coaches in Teacher training
  • Developing Professional Judgement & Decision Making as a Coach
  • Cognitive Load Theory

William Wayland – a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach and owner of Powering Through Performance Gym

  • William’s approach to S&C with his local amateur Rugby team, Chelmsford RFC.
  • How he assesses and programs the S&C for the team using the Dynamic Strength Index.
  • What a typical week of sessions looks like for one of his players.
  • How the Triphasic Approach has helped improve movement competence and strength levels with the team.
  • Working around injuries & micro trauma with contact athletes to show players how they can always train and improve.
  • The importance of neck training for rugby players in improving contact skills & reducing concussion risk.
  • Lessons from training MMA fighters that help when coaching rugby players.
  • How he uses the philosophy of the Pragmatic Approach in his coaching to direct his decision making and assess theory and practice.
  • A case study of the Pragmatic Approach in action to coach superbike rider Danny Buchan.
  • How the OODA loop can assist coaches and athletes to adapt and overcome less than ideal circumstances such as lockdown.

Jamie Taylor Part II – an even deeper dive into teaching, learning and decision making

  • Is coaching teaching?
  • Can classroom research transfer to sports coaching?
  • Which pedagogical principles can help coaches plan and deliver sessions
  • Why a coach needs to be much more than an environmental designer
  • The role of cognition in learning
  • How coaches can use professional judgement and decision making to decide which principles and methods to use and when
  • What factors does it depend on when we say “it depends”

Simon Nainby is an Accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach and Tutor, Sports Massage Therapist, RFU Level II coach and an Assistant Athletics Coach. He has worked for a number of professional and semi-professional teams and he currently acts as a coaching consultant through Underground Athletics to a wide range of athletes from rugby players to Olympic Lifters. He provides physical preparation training and support in order to maximise sports performance. This consists of strength, speed and power training combined with recovery support to create a periodised programme which is essential for athletes to perform to their potential.

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