This week on the Way of Champions Podcast we welcome Nick Levett, Head of Coaching for UK Coaching and an expert in talent development. Prior to his current position, he spend eight years at the Football Association as Talent Identification Manager. After years of trying to get him on the podcast, we finally connected with Nick to record this amazing discussion! We dive into how to support our athletes while at the same time being demanding, why coaches should try to learn new skills outside of their sport, and why it is important to help athletes make great memories.

Nick’s blog

Nick on Twitter

Highlights from the Podcast:

  • Nick explains not what he does, but how he spends his time (and why there is a difference)
  • What can coaches learn from studying coaching techniques from coaches in other sports?
  • Why Nick disagrees with one of the most popular quotes from John Wooden
  • Coaches, do you know the hopes and dreams of your kids?
  • Be nice to kids, AND demanding and hold them accountable…high challenge, high support
  • A great coach helps athletes to make great memories
  • Nick talks about the obstacles he faced working with the English FA
  • Rethinking teaching kids the game of soccer
  • Creating an oversized pitch to show adults what it feels like for kids to play on a regular pitch
  • How do we teach kids to build confidence?
  • Can we teach technique during a game?
  • How learning other skills that have nothing to do with your sport can make you better at your sport, and better coaches!
  • Why the words, “I’m curious” can be the most important words a coach can say to an athlete

Resources Mentioned

Listen on, iTunes, Spotify, and Stitcher


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