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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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Jul 23, 2018

Jon Coles, Ph.D. is the Associate Athletic Director at Ferris State University and in this episode, Jon and Andy chat about life as a Collegiate Athlete which appears to be less about late night parties and more about putting the hours in on the court as well as the classroom.

This episode starts with conversations about being a student-athlete in the Collegiate System and the whole life opportunities that it brings. The conversation then leads into Jon's research about what Collegiate Athletes are looking for from the courtside. 

  • What is it like playing in front of 100,000 fans when you're 19 years old?
  • What are the opportunities for young athletes through the Collegiate System?
  • What are student-athletes looking for from the courtside?


Jon's Dissertation: The Balancing of Parental Support and Pressure in Fostering Collegiate Athletes. 

For a shortened version of Jon's dissertation please see this film

If you'd like a copy of the dissertation then please email and I'll happily send you over a copy


Twitter Jon Coles: @BRBulldog 


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All the best

Andy and Catherine Burns