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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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Apr 8, 2018

As courtside parents wanting our children to do well in their sport, do we sometimes overstep the mark in our enthusiasm for their "success"?  

In this inaugural podcast, Master Performance Coach Kris Soutar helps us to see what we could and should be looking out for as our children play and express themselves. 

There are are some great reflection's around:

  • Focusing on process over focusing on outcomes.
  • Parents to feedback and encourage their children on themes such as bravery and resilience whilst leaving the technical aspects to coaches. 
  • Oh and listen out for a fantastic line about "being in-joy"


Kris is a full-time tennis coaching professional with 25 years experience, Scotland-based Kris holds the highest LTA coaching qualification, the Master Performance Coach, designed to help players win matches at international level.

Kris, is a former member of Judy Murray's National Coaching Team and has developed Scottish and British champions as well as players with Tennis Europe, ITF and ATP/WTA world rankings.

Kris has also worked as an international high-performance tennis consultant in the USA, presented at UK national coaches’ conferences and won multiple awards for his coaching.


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