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Welcome to Courtside

My name is Andy and more often than not I'm to be found courtside watching my son Elijah playing the sport he loves; tennis. It's this weekly pilgrimage, coffee in hand, which led me to create the Courtside Podcast.

Courtside is a series of conversations exploring the journey sport-parents go on as we support our children in the sport they love.

Through Courtside you’ll hear from Players, Parents, Coaches and experts in the fields of sports science and adolescent development in order that as Courtside Parents we can create a positive courtside environment, meaning that our children flourish through the culture we create around the sport that they love.

So, how's your courtside culture?

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Dec 10, 2018

Question: How do we know whether our child has the "right" coach beyond them leaving the court smiling, which on one hand is a great indicator but could equally be that the coach is great at selling a session?

This is the final in a trilogy of Mini Podcasts with Jo Ward where we explore the following:

  • Coaches need to...


Nov 29, 2018

Edin Sehovic is a Nutritionist and Fitness Coach, who at the age of 14 was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, a diagnosis which started an appreciating of the profound effects of food on the body!

As parents, we know the courtside "energy drink-dealers" pumping their kids full of caffeine and sugar in order to get them...


The blame game

Nov 27, 2018

 

Ok, I admit it, I took the bait and bit when the above video hit the Twittersphere last week. But it's hard to resist when you've grown tired of the constant refrain that parents are always the issue in youth sport. 

 

As parents, we've all stood next to peers who would try the patience of the Pope, and if we’re...


Nov 9, 2018

Welcome to the second Courtside Mini and this months question answered by Jo Ward, former professional tennis player and current consultant, coach educator is this.

Following on from Patrick Mouratoglou's (Serena William's Coach) comments over the past month where he endorsed Courtside Coaching. What are the pros and...


Oct 30, 2018

Cici, Paige and Tabatso are 3 exceptional young tennis players whose passion and dedication to their sport, led them to leave family and friends at home and become fulltime players at Barcelona Tennis Academy 

This is the first of what we hope will be many podcasts hearing from young players talking about their sport...