Thinking Correctly Under Pressure

Thinking Correctly Under Pressure. By Sam Jarman – T-CUP – Thinking Correctly Under Pressure, is an acronym brought to prominence by England rugby coach Sir Clive Woodward during the successful 2003 World Cup campaign. Since then players, coaches and...

The Illusion of Control

Ten Things You Can’t Control, so Can Quit Worrying About by Sam Jarman The meme above has been doing the rounds on Twitter over the past few months. I believe it is pointing players and coaches in the wrong direction, so I posted the following as a counter...

It’s OK Not To Be OK..

But Then What ? By Sam Jarman – The recent emphasis on and awareness of mental health in sport and in society is welcome. However, there seems to be confusion around what constitutes ‘mental health’, and ‘mental illness’. Where does well-being come...

Authentic Leadership

Authentic Leadership By Sam Jarman- A coach asked me the other day, ‘In your opinion, what’s the most important attribute for a team captain, coach or leader? My answer was simple: ‘To be happy’. By his reaction, my reply came as a surprise. I imagine he...

The Problem With ‘Evidence – Based’ Coaching

The Problem with ‘Evidence – Based’ Coaching by Sam Jarman- Over the past 50 years, science has played a major role in the development of all major sports. From revolutionising the equipment used, to the improved understanding of physiology and nutrition, to the...

Are Your Values Valuable?

Are Your Values Valuable ? By Sam Jarman – Often when we are approached by a sports team, school or business, there are references to the ‘values’ that the organisation has decided are important for their people to embody or express. There is frustration felt by...

How Do You Know What You Know?

How Do You Know What You Know ? By Sam Jarman – In recent years, as science has played a greater role in sports, a trend has developed to making coaching ‘evidence based’. While in theory, this seems like a good thing, it raises important questions. Questions...

What Comes Next?

What Comes After A Career in Professional Sport? Article by Sam Jarman and Grayson Hart – For most professional athletes, time spent playing the game they love will be the shorter of their two careers. Consideration of what happens afterwards can be the source...

The Game of Life

The Game of Life.  Article by Grayson Hart –  Sport is a great analogy for this illusion we call life. We strive and compete for an outcome. We get fully immersed in the process. We love it. We hate it. We become overjoyed and depressed. But when all is said and...

Conversation with Russell Earnshaw

*PODCAST* ‘Rusty’ is a legend in rugby coaching circles. As Head of the player pathway at the RFU he was instrumental in revolutionising the way young players are coached. He now runs the Magic Academy, a coaching organisation dedicated to improving the...