A program with Local & International guests including; Sport Scientists, Child Psychologists, Authors, Directors of Sporting Organisations, Specialist Educators, Players & families.

Episode 1 is a quick 16 min podcast providing a brief overview of what you can expect to learn. It covers "snippets" from several guests including Yellow for Yelling Coach Ambassador Michael Matricciani.

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#028 Off the Pitch with Active: Interview with Ben Galloway, Academic and the mind behind Opposite Direction YouTube channel

Ben is a young football coach based in Brisbane, Australia. Just off the back on spending the last 9 months in Uganda, East Africa working at a football academy called Football for Good. Currently studying a masters at the Queensland University of Technology. He challenge you to think.

Do you have a theory underpinning your actions as a coach?

Are your players solving problems in training or are they just follow your instructions?

A great conversation about coaching theories. Is one better than the other?

 

(((Listen to Ben Now)))available in iTunes
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#027 Off the Pitch with Active: Interview with Dave Wright, Co-founder & Editor of Player Development Project

Dave is a UEFA A licensed coach (through The FA) and has 17 years coaching experience, including the last 7 years at professional academies in London and Melbourne at Brentford FC, Fulham FC and most recently with the U20s at Melbourne Victory FC.

This is a fantastic conversation when Dave shares what he learned at the highest youth level and how he has changed the way he communicates with players. He also discuss some of the later research PDP has published.

If you are a coach, don't miss this, there are many golden nuggets to take from this conversation.

(((Listen to Dave Now)))available in iTunes
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#026 Off the Pitch with Active: 3 x WC & 1 x Olympic Games, Joey Peter developed GamePlayLearn, a concept of Free Play

Hall of Famer & mother of 8, Joey Peters has 110 caps for Matilda’s, including 3 World Cups (’99, ’03 & ’07) & One Olympic Games (2004) and she scored 28 goals for the Matilda’s

She played in USA, Brazil, and my birth country Sweden

Retired from pro football ’09 and continued as a Development Coach for International Football School for 6 years on the Central Coast

Joey study at AIS, she has FFA/FIFA A-Lic and you see her on SBS as a football analyst.

But in this podcast, we discuss the important work she does with Game Play Learn. “Design the game-Let them play & Watch them learn"

This conversation will impact your coaching in a very positive way.

 

(((Listen to Joey Now)))available in iTunes
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#025 Off the Pitch with Active: Interview with Reed Maltbie

Reed Maltbie does not really need an introduction, he is a Mentor in youth sport and coaching. With two Masters degrees, one in Early Childhood Learning & one in Sports Psychology, Reed understand children and what is going on in their brains while growing up to become adults.

He is the Creator of “Coaching code” podcast & Raising Excellence, He did the TEDx talk “Echoes beyond the game” which is a must watch if you are a coach or parent. Co-Creator of Positive Discipline Tools for Coaches with Dr. Jane Nelson and Cofounder of the brilliant GO! Raise Excellence Think Tank to improve youth sport with Ruth Nicholson.

He is also one of the Coaching Mentors with Player Development Project here in Australia. I can go on, but let’s hear it directly from him.

Apply this to your coaching and your athletes will soar.

Make sure you don't miss my previous episode with him. #009

 

(((Listen to Reed Now)))available in iTunes
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#024 Off the Pitch with Active: Interview with Stacie Mahoe

Sports Mum of 8, Outreach Coordinator at MVP Leadership Academy and owner and founder at Sports Mom Essentials. Stacie run her own podcast “Eating curve balls for breakfast”

In this fantastic episode, Stacie shares some advice on how to empower young athletes. If you are a coach or parent, this is for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(((Listen to Stacie Now)))available in iTunes
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#023 Off the Pitch with Active: Interview with Richard Cashman, Teacher, Coach & Sporting Influencer Blog

You will love this podcast, Richard is a young inspiring coach and qualified teacher. He talks about his experience as a professional coach in USA, dealing with parents and coaches with different views about youth development. He has a large appetite for learning, but is not shy  to express his own opinion.

This is an episode you don't want to miss.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(((Listen to Richard Now)))available in iTunes
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#022 Off the Pitch with Active: Interview with Gordon MacLelland WWPIS & Darren Wensor Little Athletics NSW

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.

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 year of coaching/teaching experience.

Darren has authored/contributed to numerous sports-related articles, books, journals, manuals, support resources and coach education course outlines.

(((Listen to Gordon & Darren Now)))available in iTunes
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#021 Off the Pitch with Active: Interview with Ruth E. Nicholson, Co-creator of 2019 Go! Chase Excellence Think Tank to improve youth sport

Ruth Nicholson is an internationally-certified professional facilitator, mediator, and organizational alchemist. She specializes in helping clubs design board processes and club operations to provide more effective support to coaches, teams, and players.

Ruth is also the co-creator of the 2019 GO! Chase Excellence Think Tank to Improve Youth Sports. The online event offered more than 80 solution-focused sessions and 61 speakers from five continents.

In 2018, Ruth was one of four national finalists in for the Innovator of the Year award in the US, based on her development of the GO! Resource and training platform.

(((Listen to Ruth Now)))available in iTunes
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#020 Off the Pitch with Active: Interview with Glen Mulcahy of Paradigm Sport & For the Love of the game in Canada

Glen Mulcahy is a professional speaker & coach, mentor with a down to earth flair who shares his knowledge from a lifetime of involvement in multiple sports as athlete, coach and parent. Glen is passionate about sharing what he has learned to bring the game back to the kids”, while leading others to do the same.

Glen grew up playing multiple sports across Canada and played on provincial winning teams in Hockey, Football and Rugby. He is a graduate and now a mentor of the University of British Columbia’s Kinesiology Program. Soon after he graduated from UBC, he started coaching, and he has now coached men, women, boys and girls in slow-pitch, hockey, baseball, softball, rugby and ball hockey for over 2 decades.

(((Listen to Glen Now)))available in iTunes
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#019 Off the Pitch with Active: Interview with Janis Meredith of Raising Champion Families

Author of the book “11 habits of happy & Positive Sports parents” and several other books, Janis is a family coach for all families and has extensive experience coaching families with children who play sports. She was a coach's wife for 29 years, a sports mom for 21 years, and is now a mom to two coaches, and a mother-in-law to one. She loves to see families thrive through all their seasons, in and out of youth sports.

This is a fantastic episode where Janis shares some great advice to us parents.

(((Listen to Janis Now)))available in iTunes
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#018 Off the Pitch with Active: Interview with Ryan Krzykowski, Director of Community for Coaches

Ryan has been a Director of Community for Coaches since 2008, a group based in Kansas City that provides training and mentoring for athletic coaches at all levels of sport.

42 years old Married to Erica. They have four sons ranging from 18 to 10 years old. He teaches High School Math in addition to leading CFC.

Raised in Southwest Florida, played many sports growing up and later played college (American) football at Yale University. Have coached many sports with children of all ages.

He explains a refreshed view of winning in the right context. He got me thinking if I am a sports fan or supportive parent when I watch my children play. Which one are you?

This is your opportunity to get a closer look how right support improves lives.

(((Listen to Ryan Now)))available in iTunes
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#017 Off the Pitch with Active: Interview with Jenn Starkey of MVP Leadership Academy

I saw Jenn’s email address on an email I got from Reed Maltbie (TedX talk Echoes Beyond the Game & episode #009 Off the Pitch with Active). I didn’t know who Jenn were, but I watched an interview with her.

I was so impressed with her approach to coaching kids and she demonstrated some tricks to get kids to expand their “can do thinking”. I had to have her on Off the Pitch with Active to share with parents and coaches in Australia.

Jenn speaks to 1000’s of children all around America and she shares many tools and ideas on how our children can deal with challenges.

You will fall in love with Jenn and her work with teenagers across North America

(((Listen to Jenn Now)))available in iTunes
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#016 Off the Pitch with Active: Interview with Brian Barlow, father and soccer referee in Oklahoma, US.

He was sick of parents abusing referees, so he started a Facebook Page called Offside sharing videos of abusive parents. This created a massive media attention by CBS, NBC, Today, Forbes, Inside, Fox News and many more.

I am not looking for your approval, but I am looking for your attention.

This is a podcast for every parent with a child playing sports

(((Listen to Brian Now)))available in iTunes
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#015 Off the Pitch with Active: Interview with Raff Frisina, Dir of Fusion Futsal Club & SAFL, Past Coach Vanuatu National Futsal Team, Senior coach for Eastern United 2018

I caught up with Raffa for a coffee before the 2018 Adelaide season. We talked about when he was offered a trial in the Hong Kong Premier League midway through 2012. After a brief experience in Hong Kong he moved back to ADELAIDE to start the South Australian Futsal League.

He tells a great story about his experience coaching Vanuatu National Team in preparing the for qualifying for Futsal World Cup.

You will really enjoy listening to a well known Adelaide soccer profile.

(((Listen to Raffa Now)))available in iTunes
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#014 Off the Pitch with Active: Interview with Oliver Brecht, Dir Insight, Elite Performance Psychology, Bachelor of Psychology, Hons, Master of Professional Psychology

I came across a video clip from Sunrise on Channel 7 about the parents' behavior in youth sport in Australia. My guest Oliver Brecht,

Since joining IEPP Oliver worked extensively with the players and coaching staff at the Sydney Swans AFL and Sydney Roosters NRL clubs. He has also worked with the Red Backs South Australian Cricket Team. Oliver has provided personal coaching and team development initiatives to players and coaches within these teams, and regularly provides support to jockeys across NSW and the ACT.

As a parent, I got a ton of great information from Oliver.

(((Listen to Oliver Now)))available in iTunes
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Active #013 Off the Pitch with Active: Interview Steven Hooper, Inclusion Coaching, UK, FA UEFA B LICENCE, FA LEVEL 1&2, FA YOUTH AWARDs

Delivered by Inclusion Coaching, at Charlie Austin Football School, children will learn new skills, make new friends score lots of goals, make lots of saves, improve their passing, perfect dribbling and most of all have lots of fun in what they believe is the perfect environment to develop not only football skills but also social and physical skills.

In this podcast, Steve shares what Inclusion Coaching is all about, and how they help children to become better decision makers in football while having fun.

(((Listen to Steve Now)))available in iTunes
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Active #012 Off the Pitch with Active: Interview with Mark O’Sullivan, UEFA A licensed coach at AIK in Stockholm, Sweden

Mark delivers Swedish FA coach education courses and has run many youth social projects, has his own blog – Footblogball – and is currently doing PhD research into designing learning environments in youth football. Mark has also worked as a consultant for the Canadian FA (2017) and regularly holds lectures, talks and practical sessions around the world.

If you are a parent or involved with youth development, you will treasure the information Mark shares on this podcast.

Image: Mark explains the purpose of the training to parents

(((Listen to Mark Now)))available in iTunes
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Active #011 Off the Pitch with Active: Interview with Christian Sotira

Never Lose Sight of Your Passion and Dreams was the headline of my interview with Christian Sotira (DOB 2001) and his parents, Sergio & Adriana and sister Alessia, in July 2017.

Now living in Italy, I caught up with Christian while on holiday in Australia. We had a chat about the difference between Australia and Italy from a football perspective. We covered many aspects of his lifestyle in a compound with 20 other players, training styles and the mental challenges living in this environment.

How is it to compete with 7 other players for a position in the team and only find out if you play the day before? Christian talk about how he deals with this and how some of the teammates relationships got affected.

If you love football, you will enjoy this interview.

Image: Christian in Action with Eastern United

(((Listen to Christian Now)))available in iTunes
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Active #010: Skye Eddie Bruce-Masters in Sports Science, founder of Soccer Parenting, ex Professional player talks about how she inspiring players by empowering the parents.

Skye is the founder of the Soccer Parenting Association (SoccerParenting.com), with a mission of elevating the game by engaging, educating, supporting and advocating for youth soccer parents. Skye is a sought, after speaker for parents, coaches, clubs and players. A former professional player, Skye was a collegiate and youth All-American goalkeeper, Defensive MVP of the Final Four (1993) and State Champion track athlete.  Skye has coached extensively at the youth and collegiate games. An MBA graduate of the University of Richmond, Skye has earned her USSF “B” License, the National Goalkeeper License and is a Coach Educator for United Soccer Coaches

(((Listen to Sky Eddie Now)))available in iTunes
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Active#009: Reed Maltbie, The Coach behind the TEDx Talk "Echoes Beyond the Game"

With nearly 30 years of experience as an educator/coach and two master’s degrees (one in sport psychology and one in Early Childhood Education), Coach Reed has a wealth of practical experience and scientific research that he draws on to help athletes, coaches and parents find more effective ways to navigate the youth sport environment.

His ability to break down the science and translate it into practical example of behaviors in our children is captivating.

Here is a great opportunity for all parents and youth coaches to get an insight into what is going on in a child's head.

(((Listen to Reed Now)))available in iTunes
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Active#008: Michael Matricciani, Australian College of Sport Football-Director of Coaching, FFSA U17 NTC Girls Head Coach

It is an absolute pleasure for me to announce that Michael has put his hand up for involvement in the Yellow for Yelling Awareness and Educational program for parents with children in sport.

His experience is comprehensive; Ex professional player (including U20 young Socceroos & U23 Olyroos), 3 years as Technical Director of CCSC, 5 years as Director/Owner of Soccajoeys and current ACS Football-Director of Coaching. He is also FFSA U17 (NTC) Girls Head Coach, developing players for future Matilda’s (for non-Australian listeners Matilda’s is the Australia Women’s National Football Team, who currently is ranked 6 in the world by FIFA.

Combine this experience with his coaching qualification including AFC/FFA A License plus FFA instructor and other certified courses, Michael will help raise awareness of the Yellow for Yelling program amongst higher level coaches and educators.

This podcast will touch your heart!

(((Listen to Michael Now)))available in iTunes
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Active #007:Dr. Jennifer Fraser, PhD Author and driver behind End Bullying & Abuse in Sport

Dr. Jennifer Fraser is an author, researcher and sought-after international speaker on bullying, abuse and harassment done by adults. With a PhD in Comparative Literature, she brings together different discourses such as neuroscience, literature, journalism and psychology in order to question and improve the way we educate children and young adults.

Dr. Fraser shares her own story about her son and her work in relation to youth sport. If you are a parent or coach, you will be amazed.

(((Listen to Dr. J Fraser Now)))available in iTunes
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Active #006: Shane Hillman, a husband, a father, a Granddad and coach living under extraordinary circumstances

This is a story of Shane Hillman and his family. Shane’s story will teach us all to appreciate life, the opportunities we get and the friend around us while we still can. It will teach us, no matter what happens, we shall continue with a “can-do” attitude. Continue to do our best and most of all enjoy moments.

Shane, a husband, a father, a grandfather and coach of his son Josh team had it all when he suddenly had his life turned upside down when diagnosed with brain cancer. This is an inspiring story.

(((Listen to Shane Now)))available in iTunes
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Active #005: Trevor Ragan, BA in Sociology, Founder of Train Ugly, TEDx Presenter

Trevor Ragan has done workshops with groups from all over the world. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies, Major League Baseball Teams, Olympic teams, 100's of schools and even a few prisons.

He seeks out the scientists and thought leaders in the world of development, consume their research and discoveries. He connects the dots and shares with anyone who will listen. I was one of those who wanted to learn.

I discovered Train Ugly through his excellent descriptive videos in my own research. He displays powerful diagrams and animations about the mind and learning. Trevor's videos have over 500,000 downloads

(((Listen to Trevor now)))available in iTunes
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Active #004: John O'Sullivan, International Speaker, Author & Founder of Changing the Game Project, TEDx Presenter, Host "Way of Champion" podcasts

In his podcast series, “Way of Champions” he interviews leaders of the world in coaching, Teaching & Research. His podcasts get 100,000's downloads.

He speaks to people like; Tom Statham: Junior coach at Man United, Todd Bean: Who continuing the Legacy of Johan Croyff, John Kessel: USA Volleyball Director of Sport Development and globally sought-after speaker, Anson Dorrance: Former U.S. National Women’s Team Head Coach in Soccer with a world title and Inducted to Hall of Fame

To be honest, the list goes on and on and he is with Active sharing some wisdom with us. You don't want to miss this episode.

(((Listen to John now)))available in iTunes
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Active #003: Michael Matricciani, High Performance Coach Australian College of Sport

When this episode was recorded, his role was to develop players for the Junior Matildas (U17), Young Matildas (U20) and Matildas of the future. Education is the key and the NTC Girls program is also about educating the parents, therefore he takes a collaborative approach in their education.

Michael shares his experience as a player when he had some of his toughest times but also some of his best in his career as a soccer player. Being part of the Socceroos U21 squad, he had a bad injury which forces him to miss World Cup. You will get a lot out of this episode.

(((Listen to Michael now )))available in iTunes
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Active #002: Gordon MacLelland, CEO Working With Parents in Sport

CEO of Working with Parents in Sport, a company set up to support parents in creating the best possible environment for their children.

He spent the last 17 years coaching and working as a PE teacher, sports coach and for the past 10 years as a Director of Sport in a UK independent prep school (8-13). His work is the core of the Yellow for Yelling program helping parents with children in sport in Adelaide.

He shares some great information for us parents.

(((Listen to Gordon Now )))available in iTunes
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Active #001: Ken Willner, Founder Active Illustrated & Yellow for Yelling

In this short 16 min introduction podcast, Ken together with Gordon MacLelland, Michael Matricciani, Trevor Ragan, John O'Sullivan & Dr Jennifer Fraser explains why and what the "Off the Pitch with Active" podcast series is covering.

If you are a coach or parent with a child playing any kind of sport, you will learn something from the highly educated people being interviewed.

 

(((Listen to Ken & his International guests Now )))available in iTunes