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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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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 cons of having a coach inputting into your child's match?

Jo Ward reminds us that:

1. It's happening anyway, that not to subtle scratch of the nose = go to the net or simply the involuntary enthusiastic engagement by the coach.

2. Courtside Coaching removes the problem solving dynamic from the players game.

3. Yet it helps in the middle of an emotional match for the player to have some context. 

4. However, Courtside Coaching creates inequality for those who can't afford a coach at their match.

5. But it does enable a match to be part of the players ongoing learning.


Lots to reflect on in the excelling Courtside Mini.   


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.


Have a good one