Entries by dazdrake

How to Make Billions of Dollars….and Plenty of Enemies

How to Make Billions of Dollars….and Plenty of Enemies I took four books with me on holiday.  I wanted to reflect on my vision for APA and take some inspiration from some successful businesses- I thought I’d look at one business ‘AirBnB’ and one iconic sports team, the New Zealand All Blacks. This blog is […]

Physical Conditioning for different game styles

Hey Everyone.  I recently had the privilege to be invited back to speak at the Master Performance Coach Level 5 tennis coach qualification, at the National Tennis. I was asked to speak about how to physically prepare for different game styles.  I had recorded the presentation separately as a webinar so you can hear what […]

FREE Ebook: Fun Games for Kids

This blog is one I am really excited to write.  I have been really enjoying mentoring some of my assistant coaches recently.  Like all things in life there are challenges to every business.  I recruit a lot of part-time S&C coaches, who at some point will often move on to a full-time job unless I […]

Want to come and work for APA?

Dear coaches, APA are recruiting for a part-time strength & conditioning coach at Gosling Tennis Academy.   The role at Gosling starts immediately and would ideally suit someone who is looking to gain valuable experience in a high performance environment. We welcome applications from all candidates.  It is not essential that you are available to […]

Multi SkillZ by Coach2Competence Product REVIEW

Hey everyone. I’ve been doing a bit of self-directed Continued Professional Development (CPD) over the last few days.  I decided to purchase the ”Multi Skillz” online video library, produced by Coach2Competence.  It cost £266 or 299 Euros for the first year subscription and £35 per year thereafter. Background on the company: Kenneth Bastiaens is currently […]

What can Personal trainers learn from working with kids?

This year I have been fortunate to have a number of coaches assisting in various roles within APA.  One coach in particular Shay Khan, had a fantastic opportunity to go to Kuwait for two months, which came having just completed one month working at Gosling Tennis Academy with the junior academy squads.  I wanted to […]

What is First Step Speed- who cares?

This weekend just passed I had the great pleasure to induct another six candidates through the first part of the 1st4sport Level 2 certificate in Strength & Conditioning. For those of you who haven’t come across it the basic progression looks something like this: Level 1 => Design a weekly schedule based around foundation strength […]

FREE Speed Technical Checklist

Hi everyone, firstly a belated Happy New Year.  I resisted the temptation to do a ‘Best of 2017’ Blog post this year and I have previously written about all the Pro team pre-season schedule I have been using over the last few years.  You can read more about it here and here.  But needless to […]