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Book Club with Dr. Ralph Pim

Following on previous Book Club features (see the recommendations from Andy Rogers and Tammy Mehrtens), we hear from Dr. Ralph Pim.  Dr Ralph Pim is an inspirational teacher, dynamic team builder, and author of nine books. He’srecognised as a global expert...
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Sports Parents

Les Elder on Improving Youth Sport

Les Elder is living proof of why Balance is Better. Black Ferns Captain, Les Elder is one of Sport NZ’s Balance is Better Champions helping spread the word, drive change and when she’s off the rugby field, work...

Sports Parents

COVID-19 and youth sport in New Zealand

The COVID-19 pandemic has widely and dramatically impacted all parts of society. As we continue to digest the shock that this pandemic is having on sport in New Zealand, it’s worth reiterating some sage advice flowing around –...
Development & Performance

Letters from Rangatahi: What I wish sport knew?

In this open letter, we hear from Halberg Youth Adviser Support, Kiran Dixon. Kiran’s letter sheds light on some of the challenges young people with disabilities face growing up in New Zealand when it comes to sport, and draws some powerful lessons for...

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Whether you are a parent, coach, administrator or leader
in youth sport, Balance is Better is for you.

Balance is Better offers a fresh way of thinking for those involved in delivering youth sport in New Zealand. With teen participation levels declining, it’s about creating quality experiences for all young people to keep them active and in the game.

Balance is Better focusses on how to encourage participation at all levels and develop skill at the right pace. With a mix of articles, interviews, case studies and videos from specialists, endorsed by Sport New Zealand, Balance is Better is a way to keep up with the play on the latest advice from trusted sources.

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Coaching Fundamentals

It’s Never Too Late To Learn

This Article is shared by Player Development Project Learning and hunger for knowledge is an essential ingredient to good coaching and personal development. Founder of Football For Good Academy in Uganda, Adrian Bradbury discusses the value in always...
Sports Parents

Mirror, Mirror

The Man in the Glass by Peter Dale Wimbrow. Have you heard of it? We hear from Dave as he deconstructs one of his favourite poems and the valuable lessons it holds for coaches. Hands up who knows...
Development & Performance

What is Character?

People are often described as either having good character or bad character. Such perceptions represent traditional, limiting views of character. In reality, character is more complex than this. In this article, Dr Ralph Pim introduces us to how...
Sports Parents

Google it: How a tech giant builds great teams

This article is shared by Player Development Project What can we learn from one of the most innovative companies on the planet? Since its inception, Google has been known for innovation and creating environments where its people flourish....
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Coaching Fundamentals

Webinar Replay: Transforming Character Strengths into Productive Results

Join Sport NZ and the New Zealand coaching whānau to hear from international character development and leadership expert, Dr Ralph Pim. Dr Ralph Pim is an inspirational teacher, dynamic team builder, and author of nine books. He’s recognised as a global expert in character and leader...
Development & Performance

Change the Story

This article is shared by Player Development Project The power of storytelling in human evolution and development is often overlooked in sport. PDP Editor and UEFA A licensed coach, Dave Wright discusses how the stories we share and our ability...
Sports Parents

Parents: Time to talk about your child’s why

Parents motivations for supporting their children to play sport and children’s motivations for playing sport don’t always line up. We hear from Kelly Curr about why it’s important to understand “what does my child find fun in youth sport?”; ask your yourself...
Development & Performance

A tale of two questions

As a coach moves from being a novice to becoming more of an expert, they transition from focusing on the ‘right’ way to do things to understanding that there is no one ‘right’ way. In this article, Dave...
COVID-19 Resources

Book Club with Tammy Mehrtens

We hear from Tammy Mehrtens, National Training Manager at Netball New Zealand, in a second book club feature. Following on from our first Book Club feature, this week we hear from Tammy Mehrtens. Tammy is the National Training Manager at Netball New Zealand and...

What can you
do to help?

An initiative by
In partnership with Player
Development
Project
Keep up with the play on the latest thinking, advice
and coaching tips from trusted sources.
For Coaches

Keep winning in perspective and focus on developing a love of sport.

For Parents

Working together we can provide a positive sporting environment for our kids.

For Administrators

As leaders we need to be bold and courageous to tackle the change needed.

An initiative by
In partnership with Player
Development
Project

COVID-19 Resources

The value of sport in challenging times

With the incredible ‘COVID-19’ upheaval’ of our world; what are we seeing and learning about the value of sport and physical activity?  From the playfulness of ‘teddy bear hunts’, the novelty of creating challenges, the cleverness of modifying things at...
Coaching Fundamentals

Are we beating them into a system?

This article is shared by Player Development Project Systems tend to dominate organisational thinking in the modern age. So how do these systems potentially harm player development and participation? Co-founder of myfastestmile & regular PDP contributor, Mark Upton discusses the...

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