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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 16, 2019

Well, we're back after a refreshing closed season and here with a cracking Pod.

Simon Wheatley is the Performance Coach Education Manager for the LTA and coauthor of the fantastic book which is all over social media The Sweet Spot

the first book to really focus on the importance of the Coach-Parent-Player triangle in athlete development. It’s really vital that all three are on the same page and the lines of communication are working in all directions of the triangle. If everyone understands their role and responsibilities at each step of the journey and works towards the same short, then medium then long term, agreed goals, there is far more chance of success. If they don’t, then there’s usually carnage somewhere along the line....If a young player is to become the best he or she can be, the coaches and parents have to become the best they can be too."

In today's episode, we'll be exploring:

  1. Roles, Context and Culture
  2. Creating Common Purpose
  3. Thought and Style Flexibility
  4. The Role of Emotions
  5. Spirituality, Flow and Momentum


We hope you enjoy this episode and if you want to connect with Simon; then here are the links:



Tw: @thesweetspot_1


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Have a sweet week

Andy and Catherine