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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!

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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!

    Karen Brown MBE – Former 3x Olympic Hockey Player and 3x Olympic Hockey Coach now Coach Developer

    Karen Brown MBE – Former 3x Olympic Hockey Player and 3x Olympic Hockey Coach now Coach Developer

    An amazing insight in Karen’s involvement in 6 Olympic Games whilst not enjoying being in the spotlight. She openly shares the highs and lows of a life-time in sport, building teams and getting the best from individuals, managing the transition from player to coach and lifestyle choices.
    Karen, in a very humble and clear way, shares her journey, offering some amazing pieces of advice in how she has been so successful. It is a truly brilliant opportunity for parents, teachers, coaches and leaders to learn from a successful women in sport who truly has a passion for helping people and in turn putting them in the spotlight.
    This is a bit more about Karen…
    Karen Brown MBE is a former field hockey defender, who was a member of the British squad that won the bronze medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Commonwealth Silver medal and European Gold Brown is England and Great Britain's second-highest capped player of all time, with 355 caps to her name.
    She was Assistant Coach for both the Great Britain and England hockey teams and part of the management teams that secured a World Cup bronze with England in 2010, Olympic bronze with Great Britain at the London Olympics, European Gold in 2015 and Olympic Gold at the Rio Olympics.
    She stepped down from her role as Assistant Coach in January 2017, and now works in a coach developer capacity for England and GB Hockey  as well as UK sport.
     
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    Key quotes, saying and comments :
    I was aware the I was talented at the age of 4 or 5. I could do things others couldn’t
    Mr Shawney (Teacher at School) – “Karen – whichever sport you choose you will play for England at it!”
    The feeling coming back to me when making my debut for England at Hockey (at Wembley)
    As an athlete I was driven by fear of failure?
    I had many doubts about myself – it evoked fear
    Started coaching in schools with your kids
    I learnt - There is nothing wrong in telling people they CAN do things and giving them time and focus – there is a tendency to lean towards what people cant do and only helping them.
    Tell people – you do realise you are really good at this. You have a special talent!
    There weren’t the avenues for talented girls in sport that are available today
    An fortuitous opportunity arose to play with the School Hockey 1st team
    My dad said – you will like that, you will enjoy that (going to the county Hockey tournament)
    Within 4 months  - not playing the sport through to paying for England U18’s (aged 16yrs)
    At a young age don’t specialise in any one sport
    I learnt from athletics that I wanted to be part of a team *
    Really explore – find your niche – don’t be restricted and try things out
    The culture behind the sport was so important for me
    You can take bits of learning from everything and apply it in other parts of your life *
    You can’t learn from it unless you give it a go *
    I was far more conscious of what I could do rather than what I couldn’t
    It felt like it came quite naturally and that I didn’t work hard at it (though I did infact

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Lou Englefield – Director of Pride Sports UK, Campaign Director of Football v Homophobia, Fare Network board member & sports activist.

    Lou Englefield – Director of Pride Sports UK, Campaign Director of Football v Homophobia, Fare Network board member & sports activist.

    The incredible story of the purposeful, passionate and energetic Lou Englefield who’s drive and determination is clear to see. Lou wants to make a difference in whatever she does and it has been both hugely rewarding yet at times a great slog. The power of sport as a vehicle to engage with inclusion and wider human rights issues is clear to see.
    This is a must listen. It wont fail to make you think. It’s a deep and very honest insight into the meandering journey Lou took in exploring who she is in the world and how she now turns up! I only wish we had more time!
    Below is a more descriptive overview of the involvement Lou has in making a difference through sport and physical activity as an incredibly strong advocate for inclusion.
    Lou Englefield is a founding Director of Pride Sports, a UK LGBTIQ+ sports development and inclusion organisation. Lou has been a leading voice on LGBTIQ+ inclusion in sport & physical activity across Europe for more than 10 years.  She has directed the international Football v Homophobia campaign since 2012, holds a board position on FARE Network and is Co-Chair of Pride House International. Lou presents and speaks on issues of LGBTIQ+ inclusion in sport and physical activity globally and has ensured that Pride Sports has become a leading authority on LGBTIQ+ inclusion in sport and physical activity, at the forefront of insight, policy and practice. 
     
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    Success Quote or saying:
    Meandered through life…
    My father created a competitive culture in which I grew up
    “You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever." Steve Jobs.
    Working in sport and Human rights has been my happiest work time
    I saw and experienced the social injustice play out
    Came out at the age of 20-21 yrs
    The desire to want to also have a family
    It took me a number of years to consider and explore what possibilities were and are available to me in life. (14 – early/mid 20’s)
    Average age of coming out is now 15/16yrs old due to less ‘shame’ and ‘silence’ attached.
    I got feminism at University. Studies Sociology.
    We were ‘misfits’ and gravitated to each other.
    Did lots of Volunteering which then lead to paid roles
    Women’s centre admin to housing and homelessness.
    The common theme was ‘I wanted to do things that made a difference’.
    Joined Hockey team at University but found it really difficult. Don’t ask and don’t tell kind of atmosphere!
    With analysis and understanding I can make sense
    The ‘difference’ between ‘sport lesbians’ and ‘feminist lesbians’
    The ability just to BE. We were able just to be.
    Things change in the world of work…so I asked myself what can I do that would get my mojo back?
    I was getting drawn into sport.
    City tournaments all around Europe – sport events for LGBT community  (Pride Games)
    Enthusiastic and inspired by new ideas. We have alwa

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Kevin Nicholson - Head of Coaching at Exeter City Football Club and former professional footballer

    Kevin Nicholson - Head of Coaching at Exeter City Football Club and former professional footballer

    A winding and wonderful journey through football. Gain a fantastic and realistic insight in what striving to be a professional footballer has been like for Nicho. He openly shares some of the highlights and lowlights (as well as some great tips!) from turning professional in 1997 through to developing players and coaches for the future.
    He played at all levels of the game over a long period of time and has also experienced the game of football through the perspectives of Player, Coach, Head of Coaching, Manager and Parent.
    Nicho is currently Head of Coaching at Exeter City where they are doing some great work in developing young footballers and people.
    This is a great listen if you are a young player, parent, teacher, coach or leader. Nichos story will make you think and consider your philosophy, values, beliefs and ultimately what is important to you and how do you get there (or help others get there!)
    Enjoy!
     
    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/sportstories247Facebook:        facebook.com/sportstories247LinkedIn:         https://www.linkedin.com/company/sportstoriesYouTube:          Sport Stories YouTube Channel
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    Key points and success quotes:
    Didn’t get selected at first trial
    Advice from mum….
    Don’t celebrate goals because the game is not over.
    If you ever go down when not injured, I will run on an make sure you are
    Careers adviser not believing and supporting a career in football – parents supportive as long as school work done
    Standards were ingrained into me….and it came from my parents
    It is unacceptable to not be on time – it turns me to cold sweats.
    The football environment also gave me the structure and routine.
    High school to Lilleshall National Sport Centre (Lilleshall is the blueprint for Academies now days!)
    Everything came through my childhood
    I grew up very quickly and at an early age had to be the man of the house when my parents split
    Played against Ronaldinho in Brazil as a youngster
    ‘Old school’ discipline and standards versus now days.
    Learn about how people learn now.
    I have played through 3 ‘different generations’ of footballer.
    Old school values v current…you earnt your stripes!
    What about the Old Blacks!
    The power of your culture and environment
    Back then – it you could not take it you didn’t make it!
    Unacceptable to rule through fear now days
    As a manger – I got best results when people had a say and involvement in it. They want to know why they are doing what they are.
    One of my strengths and weaknesses is that I am incredibly patient and calm/composed.
    The difference between players who want it and need it
    Just get better today – focus on ‘next practice’ (stay in moment)
    Concentrate on what you can control and don’t focus to far into the future
    Asked myself – did I do everything I could do to be the best I could be?
    Don’t be that guy who says…if only I had….?
    I did the best I could do with the knowledge I had at that given time – no regrets!
    700 games experience   - league 2 and National League
    I was told I was not good enough so intrinsic drive to show them they were wrong
    Play as long as you can play – cant think of anyone saying ‘pack it all in‘ when you realise you are not good enough
    I get pleasure in helping p

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Lucy Moore - Head of Professional Workforce at Sport England, Trustee at Activity Alliance, PhD student with The Open University.

    Lucy Moore - Head of Professional Workforce at Sport England, Trustee at Activity Alliance, PhD student with The Open University.

    School Sports Coordinator to Sports Policy maker and talent development coach. The very authentic and heart-warming story of the highs and lows of the journey Lucy has been on. Dealing with the labels attributed to her all the way through to how her previous life experiences really inform and educate her around the work and impact she is now having.  A brilliant discussion peeling back the onion layers and getting a deep insight into her process and how she has managed her dyslexia and autism. Listen deeply and take action – Lucy is truly a giver with a very genuine style and offers some fantastic guidance and advice!
    This is how she would describe herself….
    Approaching life with a slightly geeky earnest enthusiasm. Sports development and coaching specialist. Passionate about supporting people and helping them to be the best they can be. Love learning and currently working to complete my Doctorate. All round sporty person, with main interests including hockey (coaching and playing), visiting the gym (when not in a pandemic) and training for my first (and last) IronMan triathlon. Enjoy languages and like finding ways to improve my Spanish, French and German (none of which are any good, but that’s not the point). Blue Peter badge owner. Neurodivergent person: dyslexic and Autism Spectrum Disorder (which sounds too pathologised for me, used to be called Aspergers – but that doesn’t really exist as a diagnosis anymore, we all get labelled ASD). Big fan of a “ham-cheese-avocado-ready salted crisp” sandwich. 
    Favourite quote: “Be brave and curious, not fearful and suspicious” - Eddie Izzard
     
    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/sportstories247Facebook:        facebook.com/sportstories247LinkedIn:         https://www.linkedin.com/company/sportstoriesYouTube:          Sport Stories YouTube Channel
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    Success Quote or saying:
    4 key principles:
    Allow people to be who they are
    Build on what you have in common
    Listen more than speak
    Find the person behind the role
    (Cath Bishops words)
     
    Independent play and being wild and free as a young person
    As a young person - Realising that I was a girl and how the precluded me from certain activities
    Early sporting memory seeing women playing Rugby next to Twickenham and why not in the stadium
    I hated the word – Tomboy. Created a distinction between boys things and girls things
    Started playing Hockey – an immediate feeling of I could do it – fell in love with it
    Being capable enough at sports allowed me to have friends given I had lot of other things going on for me (autism and dyslexia)
    Structured sport allowed me to be popular and have friends
    Diagnosed autism and dyslexia only in my 20’s
    Hockey really makes my mind go silent
    Sports participation connected to the feeling and the mind (Hockey really does this for Lucy)
    Recognised the positive and negative impact sport had on her mental well being
    Don’t realise how important things are until they are gone.
    Real great interest in neurodiversity and who I am, What I am and What I do?
    Terrible County Hockey selection experiences have underpinned my philosophy and  approach to talent development
    The personal diaries tell the story as it was then
    The powerfulness of reading about my younger self

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Steve McCormack - Head of Welfare at Rugby League Cares and former Head coach of the Scotland Rugby League team

    Steve McCormack - Head of Welfare at Rugby League Cares and former Head coach of the Scotland Rugby League team

    From a young Wigan lad to the longest standing Rugby League Head Coach for Scotland attending 3 world cups. He has travelled the world, worked at a number of clubs and has found that humour, hard work and remaining humble are key.
    It is such a great conversation if you are keen to hear somebody who is striving to be themselves and honest about who they are and have been. Authentic leadership comes to my mind!
    Steve is now the Head of Welfare at Rugby League Cares in the UK. He took up the role after heading up the education and welfare position at the Wigan Warriors.
    Steve is a highly experienced individual having coached at all levels of the game. He has been Head Coach at Super-League level and also coached the Scotland national team in three world cups and the 2016 Four Nations Competition. Steve made the decision to concentrate on his main passion of player care and wellbeing and ensured the Wigan Warriors welfare structure is one of the best, not only in rugby league but in professional sport. His recent appointment at RL Cares has seen him make a massive impact on the player welfare structure of all players playing in the UK.
     
    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/sportstories247Facebook:        facebook.com/sportstories247LinkedIn:         https://www.linkedin.com/company/sportstoriesYouTube:          Sport Stories YouTube Channel
    Find out more about Dave at: www.thesummitpartnership.comFollow Dave:Twitter:    https://twitter.com/SummitDaveLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davelevine3
     
    Success quotes or sayings:
    Surrounded myself with good people
    Humble hard working and respectful were key values to me
    Players ended up driving the culture in the best teams I was involved with
    Everyone bought into the culture on and off the field
    I was often outside my comfort zone
    I just worked hard and lived my values
    Winning became an obsession
    Being a head coach can be a lonely place sometimes
    Balance between winning and being driven and making sure you look after yourself enough
    Learnt to delegate better and more. Sit back, delegate and trust my staff more has been a massive benefit and learning
    I really valued the Sport psychologist input. The value of an impartial and confidential conversation was so helpful
    It is very different being head coach to being an assistant coach
    I just started putting time as side to spend time with my family – I started to recognise the importance of this. Spending time watching my lad now playing football.
    I have become more aware of those around me and valuing the time with them. These are valuable lessons learnt from my early days when I didn’t do this
    Recognising the elements of your life away from the sport – business, education, family etc… If only focussed on one thing and its not going well then things may be very difficult.
    All coaches get sacked…
    If I wrote everything down regarding my career it would be an interesting book.
    A peak – being involved in 3 world cups with Scotland especially in 2013 and then the 4 Nations in 2015 (drawing against New Zealand)
    You have got to keep those same principles   - humble, hardworking etc…  are non-negotiable and go wherever you go.
    I would have to work at a different pace in different environments/clubs. Same principles yet different timelines
    Leave the club in a better position/place than when you came
    When you leave a club you always want to go back and shake peo

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Dr Cath Bishop – Author of The Long Win, business coach, medal winning Olympic rower and former diplomat

    Dr Cath Bishop – Author of The Long Win, business coach, medal winning Olympic rower and former diplomat

    From being categorised as ‘not a sporty child’ to winning and Olympic medal and authoring a best selling book on winning. What and incredible insight and experience!
    Dr Cath Bishop is an Olympian, former diplomat, business coach and author.
    She competed in rowing at 3 Olympic Games, winning World Championships gold in 2003 and Olympic silver in Athens 2004. As a diplomat for the British Foreign Office for 12 years, Cath specialized in policy and negotiations on conflict issues, with postings to Bosnia and Iraq. Cath now works as a business consultant, leadership coach and author, and teaches on Executive Education programmes at the Judge Business School, Cambridge University and is a Visiting Professor at Surrey Business School.
    Cath speaks at events globally on topics of leadership, high performing teams and cultural change. Her first book ‘The Long Win: the search for a better way to succeed’, published October 2020, was described by the Financial Times as ‘a deep and rewarding exploration of human motivation in sport, politics, business and our personal lives’ and listed in their Top 10 Business Books for 2020.
      
    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: sportstories247@gmail.com
    Follow Sport Stories:Twitter:            twitter.com/sportstories_Instagram:       Instagram.com/sportstories247Facebook:        facebook.com/sportstories247LinkedIn:         https://www.linkedin.com/company/sportstoriesYouTube:          Sport Stories YouTube Channel
    Find out more about Dave at: www.thesummitpartnership.comFollow Dave:Twitter:    https://twitter.com/SummitDaveLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davelevine3
     
    Success Quotes or sayings:
    I didn’t know how to access sport and fitness at an early age
    The concepts were playing out – trying hard at school, wanting to learn and working out how I could become better at something
    I was interested., curious and intrigued
    I was conscientious and hard working and used these principles
    Really understanding – what’s the drama behind the piece
    Searching and being curious all the time
    Find something that is so exciting I want to bury myself in it
    I was categorised as not a sporty child
    I saw opportunities which I believed were not open to me
    There was a real joy when I found sport – it was all mine
    Striving is a real part of me – I struggle to switch it off
    The tension between the learning process and performance outcome measurements
    An interest in looking at things beyond just the answer
    Peoples answers and reactions gave you a sense there were ‘good ways to go’ and ‘bad ways to go’
    What about them – this is what I often struggle with – the constant segregation
    I was doing well but feeling  really uncomfortable at the same time
    I feel uncomfortable about the labels we put on people
    I was totally released from outcomes – it was a really lovely thing. I just wanted to do ourselves proud
    I realised the was a process of ‘you just have to get on with it!’
    You had to opt in – there was no option of opting out
    The scenario was - I cannot run away so had to run towards. There was no spotlight on JUST you!
    Focussing on yourself as well as others
    I am afraid of the water and still am…. Yet being ON the water is my favourite place
    Lots of things exclude you...how can we emphasise how to INCLUDE you
    [Watch for] sweeping statements that teachers (and developers) make
    Fun being so important even when we put in more training and take things ‘more seriously’
    The performance narrative that arrived was dense and opp

    • 1 hr 16 min

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