“Sport has the power to change the world, it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.
It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down barriers”
Extraordinary events at FIFA, broadcasting deals in football, what it takes to be a sports lawyer, the highs and lows of the job and the desire for a greater representation of British Asian footballers were some of the great insights and views Sanjiv shared.
24: Paul Smith – (5/5) Ex professional cricketer & England 6s World record holder now Writer, Author, Speaker
Cricket without Boundaries: Cricket can make a difference to communities throughout the world. Paul went into the townships of South Africa and difficult communities within the United States to make a difference to society using the vehicle of cricket.
Charlton Athletic Academy Manager – Steve Avory – shares a fabulous insight into his journey through sport as a player, PE teacher coach and senior Academy Leader, as well as some of the challenges and pressures he faces running a successful football academy.
A double Olympian talking about dreaming big and starting small, following your heart and doing what you love, how we become what we practice and why not pick up the pen and write your own chapter. These are some of the many brilliant insights, tips and phrases Chris shared in this honest and humble conversation.
Chris also gave an interesting perspective as a business owner offering a sport service to parents as well as being a parent himself.
Replication of success, athlete centred coaching, performing under pressure and the development of the Performance Development System (PDS) were some of the many topics covered in this purposeful, passionate, and high paced discussion.
It was also a real insight into Mark Bennett the person as well as the coach developer and hearing how his earlier experiences have influenced and formed the development of the Performance Development System – his passion! A fascinating listen, with how to tips and through provoking ideas for parents, teachers, coaches and leaders!
20: Kurt Lindley – Ultra Marathon runner, Experienced Developer of People and Founder of Be More L&D
Pushing yourself to your personal extreme; Being aware of your emotions in pressure situations; Security versus happiness and freedom; Being a consultant and the questions to ask yourself; Sport as a foundation for life in a society full of rules; Sport to business messages and the availability and potential saturation of learning (contentious?) are some of the many areas we explored.
Paul Smith was yet again an insightful, challenging and thought-provoking guest touching in the the subject of Mental health and the following connected issues…
Mental Health in Sport and in Cricket; Dealing with identity; Suicide; The value of talking about your issues and challenges; Post traumatic stress: Understanding the mental health trigger points and much much more.
How can we get perfection in an imperfect world? Balance between winning and losing; Media scrutiny; The role and impact on family; A thirst for learning; The importance of perspective, the performance/learning environment and the constraints you have to work with are just a few of the many areas we covered in this fascinating conversation.
Lancashire Cricket Academy Director to England Women’s Academy Head Coach: The finding of Jimmy Anderson; Talent identification; Developing self belief; Making critical decisions and how Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff got his nick name are all covered in this great conversation.read more
Navigate the Football Academy System: The learning from an aspiring pro player through to a coach and now Academy Manager; Drive, determination and building trust; Overcoming setbacks; Leading your previous peers; Building an academy culture and what does ABC+WR, IDOCARE and CARE all mean. A conversation full of great take-aways!
About Sport Stories
Want to be the best version of yourself? Looking for some ideas, inspiration and engaging content to help you? Love listening to content related to sport?
We have some great insights into the lives of some high-profile sports individuals as well as inspirational stories from other athletes, players, coaches, administrators and even parents who have had amazing experiences in sport. They ALL have a story to tell. Our passion is to bring you – the listener – sport related stories that hopefully you will find some connection with.
Use the books, tips and stories given to really help you become the best version of yourself and maximise and enjoy whatever you do both in sport and out. Hopefully our passion and purpose comes across. We really believe that sport can be a catalyst to inspire individuals and communities to grow, develop and make a difference.
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