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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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Sep 29, 2018

Connor Grant is a Sport and Exercise Psychology Consultant, who has worked with International and Premiership Rugby Academies, Olympic Gold Medalists, Junior Davis Cup Tennis Players and The Rising Stars of Africa Football Academy.  

Last month Connor was at the Barcelona Tennis Academy which we are part of, so on a hot but windy (sorry folks) we grabbed a coffee and talked about:

  1. Mental Toughness in Sport
  2. Helping young players be fully present in their sporting experience
  3. Creating patterns and mindsets to see our children through the tougher times on the court or pitch. 

This is the start in a new focus for us at Courtside as we start now to explore the mental health, wellbeing and phycology of sport. 

You can find out more about Connor at

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 All the best

Andy and Catherine Burns