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Insightful, honest, inspirational and thought provoking stories for Parents, Teachers, Coaches and Leaders involved and interested in sport. Also, tips, guidance and advice to help you to help and inspire others! What have you to lose. Invest in yourself and enjoy!

Sport Stories Podcast sportstories247

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    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

Insightful, honest, inspirational and thought provoking stories for Parents, Teachers, Coaches and Leaders involved and interested in sport. Also, tips, guidance and advice to help you to help and inspire others! What have you to lose. Invest in yourself and enjoy!

    Simon Clifford - CEO at Integer Football, High Performance Coach and Futsal Pioneer

    Simon Clifford - CEO at Integer Football, High Performance Coach and Futsal Pioneer

    An incredibly open, honest and vulnerable conversation where Simon shares in his calm and humble way his story from being a passionate sports person and having an early career as a sport teacher right through to bringing Brazilian style football principles to the UK as well as influencing football worldwide, consulting on films and working with some of the most famous footballers the world has seen.


    In his own words he was a ‘man with a mission’.  This brought its highs as well as its lows. In my mind Simon is a student of football as well as life and gives great insight into how you can rise from hitting rock bottom. He gives living proof you can change the way you approach your life if you take responsibility and action.


    It is a heartfelt story that will definitely make you think about who you are, what you do, how you do it and ultimately what success is in life and sport.


    It was a real privilege and honour to have Simon as the 50th Sport Stories Podcast guest. A must listen!!!


     


    If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes. It only takes a minute and really makes a difference in helping to convince new listeners. Thanks so much it - is much appreciated!!


    For show notes and past guests, please visit www.sportstories247.com


    Interested in sponsoring the podcast? Please make contact at: hello@sportstories247.com


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    Find out more about Dave at: www.thesummitpartnership.com
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    Success quotes or sayings:


    Middlesbrough and football were my love at a very early age.


    Due to an experience of being ‘dropped’ I decided to take up something that was just reliant on the watch (running)


    My hero was Terry Cochrane  - as a footballer he liked to run at people and take them on.  I therefore saw football as running at people and taking them on was the way to play football (not everybody liked this!)


    I decided to take up Athletics – but wasn’t very good or by any means the fastest.


    After a knock back of not being included in the school cross country team – I become very determined.


    At times I wish I had carried on with football but Athletics taught me a life lesson – implementing key performance principles consistently and routinely irrespective of talent will get you somewhere.


    Stoics and Spartans


    I enjoyed reading from a young age and finding out about people and their lives


    My edge for training dropped at university but I threw myself into my studies


    I applied the principles developed in my early years and gained a 1stt in my degree. If you apply yourself to things you find hard and work at them – you can be successful.


    I became a teacher – a bit by default. I re discovered my interest and passion for football (and coaching) by taking the U8,9,10, 11 in the school I worked at.


    I became great friends with Juninho when he played at Middlesbrough due to a shared love of football.


    I was not satisfied in ‘dishing up for them’ what everyone else did. I wanted to find out the best way and provide it where I could


    I wanted the absolute best. I hunted here there and everywhere for those children


    Being the best was my attitude to sport for many years – it wouldn’t be today.


    I looked back into the history of sport. I really liked working hard and winning. This view has changed as the years went on


    It was an amazing 5-6 weeks in Brazil….


    The detail and work ethic in Brazil was clear to see and was not what I was led to believe it would be (people just playing on the beach)


    Coe had intrigued me as he was an early

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Tony Fretwell - FA Women’s Super League Academy Manager

    Tony Fretwell - FA Women’s Super League Academy Manager

    In his usual, passionate, and engaging style Tony covers many important and often debated topics in this must listen Podcast. We cover late developers; talent identification; imposter syndrome; mental wellbeing; importance of great people skills; dual careers for all …. and so much more.


    He is straight talking. Tony openly shares his mental health struggles and challenges as well as offers many gems to those looking to maximise their impact in work and life.


    Tony said “he is a ‘100 cap international’ at thinking and doing what he does”.


    Dedicate an hour of your time and invest in yourself to become your own ‘100 cap international’


     


    If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes. It only takes a minute and really makes a difference in helping to convince new listeners. Thanks so much it - is much appreciated!!


    For show notes and past guests, please visit www.sportstories247.com


    Interested in sponsoring the podcast? Please make contact at: hello@sportstories247.com


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    Success quotes or sayings:


    Talent pathways need multiple opportunity points.


    Through my own experiences I have an interest and passion for talent development and especially late developers


    I was surrounded by people who knew more than me – so wanted to know more!


    I developed an obsession with the sport.


     If couldn’t get the experience then I would make it


    I sent my CV to every Rugby League club as I wanted a job in development.


    Don’t worry about being cheap (not being paid a great deal) at the start [of your career]. It will change in time


    Go where you can get the opportunity.


    There have been many times I have sat their and gone ‘how have I got this (job)?’


    There were time I felt desperately out of my depth


    Your qualification may say you have the ability to get you through the door – but its not that, that gets you through the door. Its all the other stuff that you are willing to do


    Sport is a pastime that millions love – so it becomes competitive.


    You have to make yourself stand out from the crowd through your own efforts.


    My work ethic stood me out – nobody was working harder at it than me.


    The better you get the more chance you have of being lucky


    Imposter syndrome has always been and issues and is still and issue now.


    Be confident in what you do know – put forward what you know and don’t blag or lie.


    Develop great people skills


    He frames it as ‘he is a 100 cap international at thinking about what he does’


    Listen to people you don’t agree with and develop an understanding of why they think ‘that’


    You have got to be really comfortable with mistakes and let them happen


    If you try to stop every mistake you are killing learning left right and centre.


    Courtesy of David Faulkner – Fail Fast.  Try something, recognise when it’s not going right and change it.


    Make mistakes with the best of intentions.


    Talent development is like ‘Indiana Jones trying to find the Holy Grail’.


    There is no single answer to how to produce world class athletes.


    The questions I always ask is -Why (the rationale) and how you going to do it? Never you cant!


    Much more important than the rules are the KEY/CORE PRINCIPLES


    Will what we do make the player better or the environment in which the player sits better?


    I build a philosophy around happiness and contentment.


    He opportunity at the Women’s FA was a ‘miss it and miss out opportunity’.


    I left w

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Dan Newton - CEO Parkour UK and Independent Director Boccia England

    Dan Newton - CEO Parkour UK and Independent Director Boccia England

    An open, insightful and vulnerable conversation with the now leader of lifestyle sport governing body - Parkour UK (a sport community which was not sure it needed a Governing Body!)


    Dan has had a fantastic career in sport and shares many pearls of wisdom that he has picked up on the way. He has faced some great high and some devastating losses and talks openly about these experiences.


    It’s not been a simple and straight forward path and Dan really shows how hard work and perseverance with a clear purpose has helped him do what he always wanted to do.  I am sure much of his story will connect with you in some way or another and may provide you with the insight and inspiration you need!   It is well worth an hour of your time!


     


    If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes. It only takes a minute and really makes a difference in helping to convince new listeners. Thanks so much it - is much appreciated!!


    For show notes and past guests, please visit www.sportstories247.com


    Interested in sponsoring the podcast? Please make contact at: hello@sportstories247.com


    Follow Sport Stories:
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    YouTube:          Sport Stories YouTube Channel


    Find out more about Dave at: www.thesummitpartnership.com
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    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davelevine3


     


    Success quotes or sayings:


    “When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.


    I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.


    When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.


    Now, as an old man, I realise the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realise that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.”


     


    There is a lot in life when you get told no...get told no again …and you get told no again. Keep going  and use all interactions as feedback.


    I am always trying to learn and immerse myself in their stories. They tell stories and do not teach lessons. Through the stories we learn lessons.


    A variety of course and content


    Look ‘off the beaten path’


    Learn from all environments and contexts.


    Being aware of my prejudgements and biases.   Everybody has prejudices and biases!


    I can only comment on my path.


    3 significant losses – lost a child, and mum and mother-in-law within 3 weeks.


    Looking to understand the whole person really and fully.


    View things in a positive way.


    I wasn’t depressed I was going through grief.


    Trying to smile about things that have happened. Looking forward. Look for the next thing that will make you smile.


    The is a huge amount of this (life) that we are making up as we go along.


    There are currently 15 Parkour Podcasts on the Market at present.


    The opportunities and challenges going forward…..Collaboration / Co-production, Shared Services,


    If you were to put the sport system together now you would probably not make it as it currently is.


    We are desperately trying not to ‘Reinvent the wheel’


    Looking through a free lens  – not having to deal with some previous cultures and baggage


     



    The books that you would recommend are?




    From a non fiction perspective; I enjoy the books by Malcolm Gladwell, Matthew Syed and Michael Lewis


     


    In no particular order and not limited to:


    Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell

    David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Brian Ashton MBE -Former England Rugby Union Head Coach now Performance Coach Developer and Advisor

    Brian Ashton MBE -Former England Rugby Union Head Coach now Performance Coach Developer and Advisor

    A fabulous and insightful discussion with Former England Rugby Union Head Coach – Brian Ashton - who would describe himself as ‘rebellious’ and someone keen to push boundaries for peak performance.


    We explored the idea of VUCA coaching and followed the energy of the conversation.  In the spirit of not being constrained by boundaries and limitations of belief we covered some real ground and jumped around. It was a huge amount of fun full of ‘intrigue’ and ‘mystery’.


    This is well worth an hour of your time. It has a rugby union flavour yet there are so many key principles and ideas relevant to other sports, coaching, leadership, business and life in general.


    If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes. It only takes a minute and really makes a difference in helping to convince new listeners. Thanks so much it - is much appreciated!!


    For show notes and past guests, please visit www.sportstories247.com


    Interested in sponsoring the podcast? Please make contact at: hello@sportstories247.com


    Follow Sport Stories:
    Twitter:            twitter.com/sportstories_
    Instagram:       Instagram.com/sportstories247
    Facebook:        facebook.com/sportstories247
    LinkedIn:         https://www.linkedin.com/company/sportstories
    YouTube:          Sport Stories YouTube Channel


    Find out more about Dave at: www.thesummitpartnership.com
    Follow Dave:
    Twitter:    https://twitter.com/SummitDave
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davelevine3


     


    Success quotes or sayings:


    I am a child of the 50’s – Street Games


    Adolescent of the rebellious 60’s


    Teacher of History


    Played in France and Italy - provided a great insight into rugby and life. Exposed to different cultures


    Explore the term VUCA coaching


    Kevin Roberts was a close mentor and friend and introduced the phrase - VUCA -  to him


    Volatile

    Uncertain

    Complex

    Ambiguous


    (Military foundations)


    Survive - Revive – Thrive


    Many sports could be classed as VUCA games


    Or could VUCA mean… (from Stanford Uni) This could be SUPER


    Vibrant

    Unreal

    Crazy

    Amazing


    Coaching clichés for example - there is no space?


    These are often ideas and stories for people to hide behind when things go wrong?


    Constantly practicing the notion of impossibility


    ‘We were very self-reliant and self-sufficient, and we found a way of doing things’


    Over time developed a mentality of finding a way and believing anything is possible


    Having a growth mindset and accepting personal challenge as part of your DNA


    What may be stopping people – FEAR!


    Create this vibrant ‘family’ environment as arguably this is the strongest bond we have


    This is environment and set up is very difficult for the opposition to play against and fantastic fun.


    Nothing more exciting then doing something different and seeing it working.


    Crazy coaches – take the ‘impossible’ notions and make them work. Good example is Dick Fosbury


    Crazy coaches have a ‘changing mindset’


    World class coaches or world changing coaches?


    When I started I was the very opposite to a super VUCA coach


    In my early days in the classroom I taught the subject and not the pupils and as a coach I coached the game and not the players.  So, I had no emotional connection [to the learners/players]


    I sort out Pierre Villepreux and spoke with him. I ultimately spent a great deal of time with him.


    The easy way is to tell people what to do but you only get short term results and will have to probably tell them again.


    I brought him over because he was better than me. It was brave doing this.


    He has a much more holistic and global approach to his coaching. He coached from the game itself


    I developed a much more outcome-based approach to my coaching and tapped into the knowledge of the people and players around me.


    There still seems to be a fear of seeming not ALL knowledgeable - Omniscient (Knowing everythi

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Danielle Brown MBE - 2x Paralympic Gold Medallist, 1st Para athlete to represent England in able-bodied, Speaker, Children’s Author

    Danielle Brown MBE - 2x Paralympic Gold Medallist, 1st Para athlete to represent England in able-bodied, Speaker, Children’s Author

    Danielle has had an incredible journey in sport and through sport and shares strategies she has developed to help her be incredibly successful in sport, business and life, whilst managing her disability.


    I loved the idea that she has ‘copied and pasted what she uses in sport’ to all other aspects of her life.


     She truly brings to life her mantra’ there is no such thing as cant’ and shares many tips and soundbites that would be useful for any individual facing challenges or adversity or simply looking to maximise their impact in whatever they do.


    It is well worth an hour of your time to hear what she has and continues to ‘copy and paste’, and how this continues to develop her self-confidence.


     


    If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes. It only takes a minute and really makes a difference in helping to convince new listeners. Thanks so much it - is much appreciated!!


    For show notes and past guests, please visit www.sportstories247.com


    Interested in sponsoring the podcast? Please make contact at: hello@sportstories247.com


    Follow Sport Stories:
    Twitter:            twitter.com/sportstories_
    Instagram:       Instagram.com/sportstories247
    Facebook:        facebook.com/sportstories247
    LinkedIn:         https://www.linkedin.com/company/sportstories
    YouTube:          Sport Stories YouTube Channel


    Find out more about Dave at: www.thesummitpartnership.com
    Follow Dave:
    Twitter:    https://twitter.com/SummitDave
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davelevine3


    Success quotes or sayings:


    A message from parents –


    “Give maximum effort at all times”


    “There is no such thing as can’t”


    Loved sport but was rubbish at them


    I got friendship, trying something new from sport


    Age 11  - feet started to hurt whilst running


    Age 13  - pain effected mobility


    Aged 16 - received diagnosis : Complex Regional Pain syndrome


    Really tough in teenage years – didn’t know who I was but did have big dreams.


    Disability – under represented and mis represented.


    I feared that people would not see past the disability and see the value that lay within me.


    My family did not let me take it easy – this really helped me in understanding and appreciating where my limits were.


    In adversity we always have a choice – give up or get up!


    The ‘mental side’ runs pretty much through everything.


    Sport provides and distraction from the pain and with the adrenalin rush it becomes more removed.


    The mind is so important and if you get that right  - everything else will follow


    Your physical limits are so further on than you often think


    Not very good to GB team in 3 years


    Really listening to coaches helped. Bounce ideas off them really helped me mature as a person


    My real strength was the mental side – dealing with pressure


    ‘I would really recommend that people invest in themselves – their personal development”


    I have literally ‘copied and pasted [the skills, attributes and behaviours] what I use in sport ”


    “Sport has been one of my greatest teachers – it has taught me about myself. I have learnt what I am good at and where my strengths are, as well as the areas for challenge and areas to improve on”


    Cut and paste – confidence, self-belief, resilience, goal setting


    Ask/consider these questions: Who you are? Why doing what you are doing? Where do you want to go and what you do you want to achieve? How are you going to get there and by when?


    I built my confidence by people believing in me and re defining my measure of success and focussing on the tiny wins/successes not the big gold medal winning acheivements


    I got to where I got in sport because people helped me.


    Keen on working with girls and women – specific challenges with great ‘potential’.


    I see that the barriers and limitations we often face stem from childhood.


    My mum said – “we will support you all the

    • 56 min
    Christophe Ridley - Professional Rugby Union Referee and Performance Leadership Coach

    Christophe Ridley - Professional Rugby Union Referee and Performance Leadership Coach

    “Its perfectly normal to have doubt and perfectly normal to think you have it sussed”


    A powerful, purposeful, insightful and honest view in to the journey Christophe has taken to being one of the best Rugby Union Referees in the world.


    He openly shares his thoughts and experiences form childhood right through to what goes on for him on match day in the 6 Nations. He has a quiet arrogance yet continues to question himself and his ability.


    He is a shining example of somebody maximising his potential and who has a thirst for learning and a deep curiosity of people and how they interact. His view as are not theoretical - they are real and applied.


    It is truly a fascinating conversation and there are many take aways if you are looking to maximise your potential in whatever you do.


     


    If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes. It only takes a minute and really makes a difference in helping to convince new listeners. Thanks so much it - is much appreciated!!


    For show notes and past guests, please visit www.sportstories247.com


    Interested in sponsoring the podcast? Please make contact at: hello@sportstories247.com


    Follow Sport Stories:
    Twitter:            twitter.com/sportstories_
    Instagram:       Instagram.com/sportstories247
    Facebook:        facebook.com/sportstories247
    LinkedIn:         https://www.linkedin.com/company/sportstories
    YouTube:          Sport Stories YouTube Channel


    Find out more about Dave at: www.thesummitpartnership.com
    Follow Dave:
    Twitter:    https://twitter.com/SummitDave
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davelevine3


     


    Success quotes or sayings:


     


    There is a small bit of Refereeing in the DNA


    I was looking for a sport I could be more than good at


    At the age of 12 my farther had the discussion with me about what route to take to be ‘successful’


    I got some ‘purpose’ early on which has probably led to the success I have had


    My super strength was – I was particularly good at contact sport


    I don’t believe you can teach someone to be brave – you can be exposed to environments to become more resilient.


    I am drawn to people who are ‘very strong’. I like that strong firm behaviour.


    My dad is a very firm character and assertive. He is very practical in how he faces things.


    I wish I was more interested in my academics as I think I missed a trick there.


    It wasn’t I became more interested in learning it was that I was READY to learn ( in a more formal way!)


    I have a specific interest in the way people interact


    I want to coach on a deeper level – I want to be involved in the whole process of developing the person


    I am just absorbed by behaviours


    You have to accept that you are not there to be liked and not there to make friends


    If know one talks to you or about you, you have done a good job. It comes with little external gratification. My goal is now to not be spoken about.


    My gratification comes from a ‘quiet arrogance’


    Those three things are written down and I have them with me in my changing room to remind me why I am here.


    I am consciously and constantly surrounding myself with experts. I am looking to gain and transfer skills from all walks of life


    I am aware that it is never ending and I need to be constantly aware that I have something to learn


    People say  - you are an average of the people you associate yourself with.


    Show me your friends and I will show you your future


    Planned with Pure authenticity


    There is a risk of over planning and over scripting


    As a new, young looking referee I really planned and was conscious to be ‘business like’


    I have lots of scars and learnt those things early


    Making these [performance] habits makes you world class at what you deliver. The habits are something you live and breathe. It is a constant. Its relentless. It is Full time – not something you can dabble in and out of.


    There is no

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

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Rachael Mackenzie - World Thai Boxing Champion

This is a briliant podcast which I will go back and listen to many more times. Rachael's insights into Mindset are so clearly articulated and there is something in this for eveyone. You will definitely come away from this inspired into making some changes in your daily life.

woody_101 ,

A great listen for anyone interested in sport and development

Terrific podcast hosted by Dave Levine, who’s humble yet inquisitive style draws some wonderful insights and pearls of wisdom from those working within the world of sport and people development.

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