Excellent coaching starts with the relentless pursuit of excellence. There is nowhere that this is more important that your own development as a coach.
The world of coaching changes all the time. Theories come and go, some stick because they work. New drills are developed. Old methods are re-examined: the discussion is never ending.
That’s why "Coaching to Win" exists. It’s a place for you to learn about ideas and methods that I have tried and know to work.
It's also a place for you to contribute and discuss your own experiences with coaches around the world.
We are still putting the finishing touches on the place so I recommend you put your name down for updates because we will be regularly adding new content.
Here’s to striving for excellence!Mark Garaway - Director of Coach Education, PitchVision Academy
MS Dhoni first impressed me on my first India tour back in 2006.
For me, the start of any season brings a huge levels of anticipation, excitement and is also tinged with a few butterflies.
In 2002, I predicted that a 12 year old was, one day, going to play International cricket for England.
He was incredibly skilful with the bat, a fantastic athlete even at that age and had the ability to dominate the game against his peers.
It’s holiday time in the Garaway household. We are now on our annual “coaching holiday”.
I indulge myself in reading books on my kindle whilst listening to the sea lap up against the shore in St Lucia.
You may recall a post-tour review undertaken by our U14 Keeper Batter, Jamie. Well, Jamie is back and he is the focus of a drill that I do to test a players psychological attributes as well as their technique.
Every now and again, a different kind of cricketing talent lands at a scholarship assessment at Millfield. This happened in January 2013 when a tallish U13 fast bowler walked into the cricket bubble.
I once asked Michael Vaughan who was opposition batter who posed the most challenge to him as a captain? The resounding answer that came back was Brian Lara.
The season is fast approaching.
I’m lucky enough to work alongside some Rugby people every now and again and it has been a massive privilege to get to know many of the World’s best rugby players and coaching minds through my role in “Our Legend” holidays and events.
I am continuing the throwing theme today with a funky fielding drill that encourages fielders to take calculated run out risks and rewards a group who work together to achieve a series of direct hits!