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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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Oct 5, 2019

Our children can only come alive in the sport they love if they're participating in an environment where they are not only safe but feel safe. 

Paul Stephenson of the Child Protection in Sport Unit unpacks what safeguarding in sport must look like and what we as parents need to be mindful of. 

  • How do I know if my...


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...


May 24, 2019

Have you ever found yourself saying these words; "Win today and we'll get pizza!" or even; "There's no pizza tonight if you don't play well!"

Have you ever wondered in your role as Motivator in Cheif where the boundary lines lie around Extrinsic and Intrinsic motivation? How much of their engagement is down to our...


Apr 29, 2019

Sarah Borwell of Tennis Smart joins us to explore pathways in Tennis for aspiring young players.

Tennis Smart has been created by Sarah who is a former British No.1 in doubles and who attended the University of Houston before forging a successful career on the WTA Tour. Tennis Smart players can benefit from Sarah’s...


Apr 12, 2019

SOPHIE COCKELL is a Level 4 Performance Coach, LTA Tutor and Sports Psychologist who specialises in a hands-on approach. Sophie specifically focuses on the under taught area of doubles and is passionate about teaching the tactics and strategies that makes doubles such a fun to play throughout your life.

In this episode,...