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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 make time for parents and be open to dialogue 
  • Clubs and Coaches need to be educating parents to know what to look for and what to expect
  • Clubs and Coaches need to see parents as part of the team

...and if they do that, then we as parents need to step up as well.

It's our hope that this conversation moves us from the often competitive "my coach is bigger than yours" undertones, to a place where we're more able to know what great coaching looks like and how we can be a part of it. 

To connect with Jo: @_JoWard

Please do drop me a Tweet on @courtsidedad if you have a question for a future Courtside Mini 

Also please don't forget to promote and endorse Courtside so we can draw many more into the conversation of creating the right environment where our children can come alive.

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Have a fantastic Christmas and I look forward to your company in 2019.