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Month: January 2020

Building Confidence and the impact it has on developing elite athletes

Building Confidence and the impact it has on developing elite athletes

By Niovie Constantinou, Contributor “It is always in my mind still that I can crush anybody. That’s not an issue […] If you don’t believe you can win tournaments anymore, then you can’t do it.” – Roger Federer, Tennis Player, 20-time Grand Slam Winner 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer is the living example of the fact that what distinguishes highly successful athletes from less successful ones, is confidence. Research has long shown that confident athletes feel energized, inspired and…

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Interview with Brian Roberts, Academy Director of Performance, Advisory and Support services – Chicago Fire Soccer Academy

Interview with Brian Roberts, Academy Director of Performance, Advisory and Support services – Chicago Fire Soccer Academy

Question:  Can you briefly go over the development model utilized by the Chicago Fire FC Academy? Answer:  The vision of our academy is for the ‘academy players to be the soul of our club’.  In other words, we strive for our players, who have developed within the academy, to one day have an impact on the first team both as players AND as people. With this in mind, we created PASS (an acronym for Performance, Advisory and Support Service) to…

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Mental, cognitive and emotional development creates better athletes

Mental, cognitive and emotional development creates better athletes

By Constantinos Massonos, Contributor Sports, like everything else in life, is constantly changing and evolving. To ensure progress, athlete development specialists are continually seeking for ways to renew and upgrade their training methods and create better performing athletes. The modern pathway for creating elite level athletes, starts at an early age and requires hours of daily rigorous and demanding training. Developing athletes who will perform at their maximum potential does not only involve building bodies and keeping them in excellent…

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Positive Sport Parenting Contributes to the holistic development of young athletes

Positive Sport Parenting Contributes to the holistic development of young athletes

By Anna Kyprianou – APC Sports Consulting Ltd “Sports parenting is an art!” – Lou Ann Selsky. The holistic model of athlete development focuses on the player and the player’s athletic, personal, emotional, psychological, academic, social and financial development.  A holistic view of developing athletes contributes to the personal growth and maturity of the athlete and it prepares athletes not just for being successful at their sport but for being successful in life after sport as well.  The parents of…

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Sports Academies: The Contribution of Financial Education and Personal Development Programs to a Holistic Model of Athlete Development

Sports Academies: The Contribution of Financial Education and Personal Development Programs to a Holistic Model of Athlete Development

By Athena Constantinou, APC Sports Consulting Ltd The current modus operandi of Sports Academies Current Practices Currently sports academies focus on creating the conditions necessary to produce world class players and as a result, they concentrate on teaching ‘the sport’ rather than teaching athletes valuable life skills along with mastering the sport tactics.  The majority of academies are in favor of talent development and more geared towards a sporting lifestyle.  They may offer some type of secondary education and sometimes…

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January 2020 Editorial: The Holistic Model of Athlete Development

January 2020 Editorial: The Holistic Model of Athlete Development

January 1, 2020 Happy New Year to all of our readers and may 2020 be an exciting year of positive change and extraordinary growth!  We start off this year by exploring the Holistic Model of Athlete Development and its positive effects on both athletes and society. Currently, the sports industry is focusing on creating the conditions necessary to produce world class athletes.  This approach benefits the sporting aspect alone and does not focus on the player as a whole person. …

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The Holistic Model of Athlete Development

The Holistic Model of Athlete Development

By Andreas Themistocleous, APC Sports Consulting Ltd Athlete development has been the focus point in sport operations for decades, however there has been an evolutionary approach to the entire process that has been shaped by socioeconomic and cultural developments, as well as emerging needs of athletes themselves. The Holistic Model is the latest trend, which in essence is athlete-centered or athlete oriented, meaning that the athletes’ overall well-being and social welfare is being considered, in addition to the sporting development…

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