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Sports Psychology

How running helped my firefighting career

I mentioned in my book ‘Firefighting from within‘ about running at a young age and now I want to share how it helped me as a firefighter. Running helps to get rid of excessive adrenalin and other stress hormones, boosts your mood and keeps you fit. Running is free, you can do it anywhere, and it … Continue reading »

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How tough times helped shape Wales’ football manager

Chris Coleman has masterminded Wales’ greatest football achievement — reaching the semi-final of the Euro 2016. Yet the manager describes himself as a man who has had “more failures than I’ve had success”. Their journey into uncharted territory has been an uplifting tale, and the spirit of the adventure has resulted in Coleman’s stock rising to … Continue reading »

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Counter-attacking is all in the mind

I’m talking football ( soccer ) tactics in this weeks blog. With counter-attacking such a dominant feature of this season’s English Premiere League, I think that more managers understand the need for pace. Thats something I was blessed with a lot as a schoolboy which is why I switched from football to track ( running … Continue reading »

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The 7 habits of highly effective coaches

As well as doing track and field athletics, boxing and basketball (point guard) at school, I also used to play football (soccer) for my school on the right wing. My job was to go outside the defender, cut the ball across from the byline and keep it low. I didn’t worry about anything else. I had … Continue reading »

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The ugly truth about racism in sports

After a week where racism raised its ugly head in football as Chelsea fans abused a man in the Paris Metro station, Mo Farah also added his own anecdote of discrimination.  The BBC Sport reported last Friday that Olympic champion Farah had hit out at Great Britain team-mate Andy Vernon after an implied racial slur from Vernon. … Continue reading »

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Why I quit running

Recently I have been interacting with a Facebook group that I was invited to a while ago called  ’I was, or am a runner’. The group posts includes past and present results, vintage and present photographs and a bit of fun. They also have various debates about contemporary and past issues. One thing I found … Continue reading »

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