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Over the last few months I have been working with CSPs and Coaching Leads to support their offer for Talent Coaches. We all believe in the power of sport to help people grow and develop, and one of the questions I have been repeatedly asked is how important it is in the talent domain and what does it look like. I think it is crucial, we develop the person as well as the athlete. 

Kesler’s Bio-Psych-Social model serves to highlight the importance of developing all aspects of a person’s development as they are inextricably linked.  You only have to consider your normal day to realise the connections and how powerful they are. If we wake up and feel good, we have a spring in our step. A positive mind set and feeling influences how we feel physically and let’s not forget the benefits of social interaction on how we think and feel.

The progress in all areas not only complements the performance but it is essential to the long term development, providing building blocks, experiences, and tools which can be called upon to navigate the ‘rocky road’ of talent trajectory. For those that don’t make it to a World Cup or Olympic Games they have transferable skills and interpersonal behaviours which will set them up for life. 

Don’t just take my word for it, listen to Grant Downie, who leads up the Manchester City Football Academy. The interview was taken by Chris Barnes, Senior Sports Science Consultant as part of the Catapult High Performance Practitioner Interviews. 

Catapult are conducting a series of interviews with expert practitioners to inform and educate the sporting community. The project is supported by Catapult as part of their broad objectives to create healthy interactions between the elite and sub elite sporting community.

Listen to Grant when he discuss the importance of developing people, how this in integrated into their programme and how they integrate it into the players development according to their stage of development.

Key things to listen out for…
• Grant’s view on bio-banding
• Grant’s comments on the use of injured players and mood questionnaires
• Grant’s and Manchester City’s view that they play a way to develop the players and enable them to learn
• How Grant and the staff have developed ‘City Tough’
• How they create learning opportunities within the Academy

Q. What reflections have you made from the video?
Q. Anything that jumped out to you?  Made you stop and think?
Q. How can you consider applying the principles in your coaching practice?
Q. What have you heard that you want to find out more about?

Chris Chapman, sports coach UK, Talent & Performance Lead Officer


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