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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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Mar 29, 2019

Julie Blackwood is a Sport Psychologist, passionate about helping people to get the best out of themselves and others.

Julie joins us on Courtside and unpacks the following topics with the aim of helping us as courtside parents to understand the emotional dynamics that happen when our children play the sport they love.

  • The importance of players to have a better understanding of themselves, in order to cope with the psychological demands of the game.  
  • To consider Sport Phycology as Mental Strength and Conditioning and not as a trip to see the Physio.
  • To provide opportunities for our children to play a wider breadth of players and thus remove what Julie calls; Ego Protection which can be the enemy of Game Development.
  • The need to reward development and effort
  • The risk that competition can be seen as a test, rather than as a live learning environment.

So as you can see this is a rich podcast with so much for us to reflect upon. 


Connect with Julie

Tw: @JB_sportpsych


Thanks so much for listening, please do promote this episode in order that more parents can join us on this journey we're all on. 

Have a great time Courtside

Andy and Catherine