8 episodes

The aim of the Curious Cows Podcast is to challenge herd wisdom through conversations with the 'moo-vers' and shakers in life who have an inspirational story to tell that is simply worth listening to! Whilst the podcast is rooted in sport, our guests are not limited to the sporting world as we explore a variety of fields and disciplines.

Curious Cows Mike James

    • Sports
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

The aim of the Curious Cows Podcast is to challenge herd wisdom through conversations with the 'moo-vers' and shakers in life who have an inspirational story to tell that is simply worth listening to! Whilst the podcast is rooted in sport, our guests are not limited to the sporting world as we explore a variety of fields and disciplines.

    Episode 8: Simon Wheatley, coach education and player development consultant, and author

    Episode 8: Simon Wheatley, coach education and player development consultant, and author

    In this episode of the Curious Cows podcast I talk to Simon Wheatley, an independent coach education and player development consultant who works worldwide delivering to clubs, county and regional associations, governing bodies and conferences. He also runs a very successful on-line coach development programme with a huge variety of courses and mentoring opportunities. Simon is also an author, with his latest book 'The Sweet Spot - Unleashing potential in tennis coaches, players and parents' being a fantastic read. In his former roles at the Lawn Tennis Association Simon wrote 3 coaching qualifications and over 50 CPD courses. Simon is the archetypal curious cow, constantly challenging herd wisdom and the status quo!
    In part 1 of this episode I talk to Simon about a range of issues relating to the global and domestic tennis industry with a particular focus on coaching, including the challenges for a young coach entering the profession, the lack of coaches committing to a full-time career, the perils of coaching into your 40's/50's and the Emma Radacanu effect.
    Part 2 to follow soon!

    • 40 min
    Episode 7: Matt Rogan, author of 'All to Play For - How Sport can reboot our future'

    Episode 7: Matt Rogan, author of 'All to Play For - How Sport can reboot our future'

    Meet Matt Rogan, author of the just published book 'All to Play For - How Sport can reboot our future' and founder and former Executive Chairman of 'Two Circles' (Data Driven Sports Marketing Agency) which was voted one of The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For, and twice UK Sports Agency of the Year. 

    Matt now spends the majority of his time focused on Board advisory work, principally through Non-Executive Director commitments including the English Institute of Sport - which provides sports science, technology, medicine and engineering to Team GB Olympic and Paralympic teams. He is also a Strategic Advisor for SportsPro Media Group and Trustee of Halton Tennis Centre.

    Matt offers an incredible insight into sport, it's future, and the role it could play in being a significant agent for change with the power to heal a divided world.

    • 47 min
    Episode 6: From broken tennis dreams to success on Wall Street - Matthew Brown’s story

    Episode 6: From broken tennis dreams to success on Wall Street - Matthew Brown’s story

    Matt Brown - the story of an international standard junior tennis player who shared the court and tour with the likes of Andy Murray and Rafa Nadal, but didn't make it....on the tennis court at least.  After a career ending injury whilst at Baylor University, Matt used his academic education and experience from sport to forge a hugely successful career on Wall Street with Goldman Sachs in New York City.  Hear his inspiring story in this episode of the Curious Cows podcast.

    • 42 min
    Episode 5: Mike on the origin of the Curious Cow

    Episode 5: Mike on the origin of the Curious Cow

    A number of listeners to this podcast have asked, 'why Curious Cows?', so I thought I'd take the opportunity to tell the story of the 'Curious Cow' as a metaphor for the simple premise that we have a choice in life between being fenced in all our lives by herd wisdom or challenging it and its associated limits and barriers.  And that's the main thread of this podcast - talking to people who are approaching life with a 'curious cow' attitude, who are walking to the beat of a different drum, thinking differently and outside the box.

    • 7 min
    Episode 4: Ian Cast on dressage and an Olympic heroine

    Episode 4: Ian Cast on dressage and an Olympic heroine

    Meet Ian Cast - Dressage coach, confidante, best friend, and mentor to Olympic gold medalist Charlotte Dujardin.  Hear his story from taking Charlotte on as a teenager and their journey together through to Gold at the London Olympics in 2012, Rio in 2016 and hopefully on to Tokyo this summer. Ian has some superb insights into coaching at both a recreational and high performance level, and his passion for his trade and sport shine through.
    Timeline:
    2.26     Learning about Dressage - Ian fills us in3.45     Becoming a dressage coach6..46    What gets you out of bed in the morning as a coach?8.58     Recreation versus Performance10.00   A typical day12.04   Coach both horse and rider14.15   Introducing Valegro (Blueberry)17.15   Borrowing from other sports20.28   The Charlotte story29.48   The Olympic journey begins32.28   Some of Charlotte's challenges36.41   'Same old s**t, different arena'37.27    Personal highlights - the thrill of London41.03    Repeating in Rio and 'doubling up'42.13    Tokyo50.51    Giving everything to the client, training the horse sympathetically, being the 'rock' & leaving no stone unturnedNotes and credits:
     This episode was recorded over Zoom during the March 2021 pandemic lockdown.
     Music: John Bartmann (CC BY-SA 4.0 Attribution-ShareAlike licence).

    • 54 min
    Episode 3: Jemima King; Inspirational tennis coach

    Episode 3: Jemima King; Inspirational tennis coach

    Mike James in conversation with Jemima King.
    Jemima King is the County Performance Officer for Buckinghamshire Junior Tennis.  She is an inspirational coach and role model for girls in sport whilst also being a huge advocate for the female coaching journey. 
    As a player she played U.S College Tennis at Boise State, becoming their most decorated ever doubles player, but also was instrumental in leading Bucks Ladies to their first ever Division 1 'County Week' title. 
    Listen to how she balances out motherhood and coaching, her Fed Cup Trip to Argentina with Judy Murray in 2012, what 'performance' means to her.  She concludes with her 3 key qualities/values that she seeks to live up to everyday.
    Jemima's bio.
    Podcast highlights:
    1.07     A 'late developer' on court5.10     U.S Div 1 College Tennis at Boise State7.53     Injury halts play but her game develops as a result9.28     Thinking about turning professional11.20   Journey into coaching14.18   A heart for getting girls into sport18.10   Balancing motherhood and coaching21.05   Advocating the female coaching journey25.55   A new role - County Performance Officer for Bucks Tennis27.50   County Tennis as a player - leading Bucks ladies forward to first ever County week Div 1 title38.23   What does 'performance' mean to you?42.43   3 key qualities/values that you seek to live up to each dayNotes and credits:
     This episode was recorded over Zoom during the February 2021 pandemic lockdown.
     Music: John Bartmann (CC BY-SA 4.0 Attribution-ShareAlike licence).

    • 46 min

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