The 72% increase in girls playing AFL is a wonderful thing for the sport and for female athletes. A new path to professionalism has opened up and females of all ages are embracing it. In order to maintain the momentum we must be mindful of why females, especially adolescent girls drop out of sport. … More 5 reasons why girls drop out of sport.
Fruit baskets and massages, whilst well meaning, simply wallpaper over the cracks of a negative working environment. We all know workplace positivity is a vital aspect of running a company. Yet we think that paying for gimmicks like a bowling night or painting a wall in bright colours will suddenly make everything wonderful. It won’t. … More Fruit baskets are useless! 5 ways to increase positivity at work.
Somewhere along the line the word coach has been devalued. Give someone a track suit, clip board and a whistle and they are now a ‘coach’. Give anyone 20 kids with 20 footballs for one hour a week and I guarantee the kids will improve. This however is not being a coach. This is simply … More Call yourself a coach? – take our quiz to find out.
Becoming a better person by emulating sports people… boy that can be a dangerous thing to do at times. I certainly wouldn’t want my kids following in the footsteps of the Kyrgios types. However the truth is, for every bad role model there are 50 good role models… if you want to look for them. … More Sportsmen worth emulating – 5 life lessons from the worlds best.
“My kid should’ve got in… the selectors had no idea what they were doing.” Both are common phrases we hear this time of the year as countless numbers of kids get the bad news that they missed out on a spot in their preferred sports team for 2017. It can be a devastating time for … More Didn’t make the team? 6 tips to help kids cope.
There is no doubting that AFL football is big business. It won’t be long before the revenues of the top 4 clubs touch the $100 million mark and as we invent new forms of media the rights to broadcast our game will grow considerably. If clubs are to thrive in this new era they must … More What sport can teach business.
Have you ever driven home, pulled into the driveway and thought ‘how the hell did I get here?’ I know I have. It is dangerous to drive this way and even worse to live your life this way. Everyday our minds are exposed to more information than any other time in human history. Everywhere we … More We spend more time brushing our teeth each day than working on mental health.
The era of the control freak coach is over. As much as they love being ‘the one in charge’ it is no longer an effective way to coach or manage. The reasons for this are two fold: Sport has become complicated. When you consider the advances in sports science, psychology, diet, tactics, statistics, technology, medicine, … More How great leaders make themselves redundant.
‘ ‘How on earth do I get these kids to focus?’ – said every junior coach at some point. We want the kids to concentrate on the game whilst all they want to do is talk about school, parties, Facebook, friends, their new phone, anything but the game at hand. It can drive you mad, … More How to focus your team and avoid going mad
The modern trend in sports is to focus on ‘participation’ rather than ‘competition’. Whilst this is well intentioned, it may be doing harm to our kids, especially our young girls. Participating in sport can teach you plenty of life lessons like discipline, teamwork, sportsmanship, health and resilience. However without the ‘competitive’ element, girls in particular … More Why girls need to compete.