“Off the Pitch with Active”
These episodes are to help parents accelerate their children’s development and confidence in their sport by applying the recommendations from professionals, coaches and specialized educators.
#022 Off the Pitch with Active: Interview with Gordon MacLelland WWPIS & Darren Wensor Little Athletics NSW
59:12 minutes podcast.
Gordon MacLelland set up ‘Working with Parents in Sport’ after 20 years
as a teacher and as a coach for all age levels from 7-year olds to Adults.
He has a BA/Hons degree in Sports Science from University College
Chester and a PGCE from Lancaster University.
He is the author of two books, ‘Great Sports Parenting’ – A pocket guide for parents of children in sport and ‘Engage’ – A coaches guide to building positive relationships with parents.
His organisation currently works with 7 National Governing Bodies across a wide range of sports, clubs and schools of all sizes and the Little Athletics Franchise in NSW, Australia.
Darren Wensor, Head of Coach & Volunteer Development with Little Athletics NSW. Darren has twenty-five years of experience working full-time in sports development and coach education, and he is in his 30th Years of coaching/teaching experience.
Darren has authored/contributed to numerous sports-related articles, books, journals, manuals, support resources and coach education course outlines. I regularly present at coach education courses and conferences and I have appeared as an on-camera presenter or coach on a number of instructional videos.
59:12 min episode Overview:
02:00 Introduction to Gordon MacLelland & Darren Wensor. Who are they?
04:35 A bit of history from Gordon & Darren
09:35 Discussing issues in youth sport highlighted in public media
15:30 What can we learn from kids?
Darren, “I ask the children what they enjoy and create top 10 fun factors which I incorporate into the coaching sessions.”
23:15 What are some of the approaches we can use when we speak to our children after a game? Gordon tells a great personal story.
25:40 Some “Golden Nuggets” from 2019 Go! Chase Excellence Think Tank to improve youth sport with Reed Maltbie and Ruth Nicholson.
37:20 What are some of the future challenges?
41:20 WWPIS growth in Europe and creation of culture
49:00 Wrapping up our conversation
Facebook: @Darren Wensor