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Talent Parent Programme

The England Talent Programme are delighted to launch a ‘Talent Parent Programme’ for the parents of our Talent Programme athletes

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About The Talent Parent Programme

Given the key role that parents play in informing and impacting athlete development, the England Talent Programme are delighted to launch a ‘Talent Parent Programme’ for the parents of our Talent Programme athletes. This programme will better engage and support parents in the sometimes difficult and often underappreciated role they play in the development of our Talent athletes.

The England Talent Programme welcomes all parents and carers of athletes looking to develop in paddlesport and believes the content within these resources are useful and applicable to all those looking to support their child’s sporting goals.

The Talent Parent Programme comprises of a curriculum delivered by podcasts and webinar workshops (addressing key topic areas such as nutrition, psychology, adolescent brain development, youth physiology, anti-doping, etc), useful links and videos, signposting documents as well as a series of presentations from parents of current or ex-athletes. 

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Webinars & Video Resources

This section will contain a link to the webinars delivered as well as other key video resources relating to these topics.
Parent Presentation Series
Lee Atkins Presentation

The third presentation in the parent presentation series was presented by Lee Atkins. Lee is the father of Daniel Atkins who is the 2019 double K1M 200m Junior European and World Champion. Please view webinar below:

A summary of some of the key takeaways from Lee's presentation can be found in the following infographic HERE.

Dave Westley Presentation

The second presentation in the parent presentation series was presented by Dave Westley. Dave is the father of Ryan Westley who is the 2018 Senior C1 European Champion and Senior C1 World Silver medallist. Please view webinar below:

Andy & Anne Hounslow Presentation

The first presentation in the parent presentation series was presented by Andy and Anne Hounslow. Andy and Anne are the parents of Richard and James Hounslow, both were past GB team athletes and Richard is a double Olympic Silver medallist. Please view webinar below:

Webinars:
Race Day Nutrition 

Terri Paulson (Performance Nutritionist) explores practical tips to help optimise nutrition on race day. This webinar will help provide parents with a better understanding of how they can help their child eat the right foods before, during and after competition to improve health and performance. 

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The Dynamical Systems Theory (DST) in Action Webinar: Applying the Theory into a Canoe Slalom Talent Pathway

Andrezj Wojs (Lead Lee Valley Coach - Canoe Slalom) presents an explanation on what the Dynamical Systems Theory (DST) is, the key principles of this and practical applications in Canoe Slalom training.

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Motivation

Wednesday 24th June 2020, 16:30pm

Ryan Fagan (England Talent Programme Volunteer Psychologist) discussed the different types of motivation, how parents can use motivation when athletes experience setbacks and strategies parents can use to help their child maintain motivation. 

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The Car Journey Home

Monday 8th June 2020, 16:30pm

Roisin Kelly (England Talent Programme Volunteer Psychologist) discussed how the car journey home can be seen as a potential conflict between parent and child and provided tips to help parents to better understand how to approach conversations with their child during the car journey home.

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SmartHer

Tuesday 10th March 2020, 18:30pm

Dr Emma Ross (Head of Physiology - English Institute of Sport) discussed understanding and mastering the menstrual cycle, menstrual cycle symptoms and tracking and monitoring the menstrual cycle.

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Vegetarian & Vegan 

Tuesday 18th February 2020, 14:00pm

Terri Paulson (Performance Nutritionist - English Institute of Sport) discussed the key macro and micro nutrients within a Vegetarian and Vegan diet and where there might be likely deficiencies.

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Anti-Doping

Thursday 27th June 2019, 13:00pm

Gemma Wiggs (Events & International Affairs Manager - Anti-Doping Lead Officer) briefly covers the Anti-Doping process, the need for Strict liability, the use of Global Dro and TUE's (How to apply for one) and batch testing.

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Skill Development

Thursday 16th May 2019, 12:30pm

Richard Ramsdale (Head of Talent) discusses theory of skill acquisition, in particular the concept of deliberate practice and how it applies to Canoe Slalom and Canoe Sprint.

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Grit

Tuesday 23rd April 2019, 17:30pm

Jonathan Smith (Performance Psychologist) discusses grit, the literature around grit and how to develop grit within young athletes.

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Parenting at Events

Wednesday 20th March 2019, 18:30pm

Imogen Collins (London Regional Pathway Coach - Canoe Sprint) talks about Importance of an athlete support network, the roles and responsibilities for parents and coaches at events, finding the balance, communication, body language behaviours and reviewing.

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Coping with Nerves

Wednesday 13th March 2019, 18:30pm

Caitlin Sheldon (Volunteer Psychologist for the England Talent Programme) talks about the benefits of nerves, relaxation techniques and visualisation, emotional regulation and What if? Planning for the unexpected.

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Physical Development

Thursday 7th March 2019, 18:30pm

Matthew Thompson (English Institute of Sport - Strength and Conditioning Coach for British Canoeing) talks about the impact of growth and maturation on physical development, training through childhood and adolescent and the Youth Development Model.

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The Adolescent Brain

Thursday 24th January 2019, 18:30pm

Stephen Eccles (Volunteer Psychologist for the England Talent Programme) talks about the adolescent brain and how it differs from an adult brain, the chemicals in the brain which can effect adolescent behaviour, the chimp paradox and emotional control.

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Goal Setting

Thursday 13th December 2018, 17:30pm

Emma Hooton (Volunteer Psychologist for the England Talent Programme) talks about the importance of setting achievable goals, using the four corners model: Technical, Physical, Psychological and Lifestyle in goal setting, how to review and reset goals.

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Growth Mindset 

Thursday 6th December 2018, 17:30pm

Stephen Eccles (Volunteer Psychologist for the England Talent Programme) talks about what a growth mindset is, different praise processes and how to provide effective reflection.

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Nutrition 

Thursday 29th November 2018, 17:30pm

Matthew Thompson (English Institute of Sport - Strength and Conditioning Coach for British Canoeing) talks about the key micronutrients athletes need, making good food choices with top tips on school lunches, snacks and travel and why hydration is important for performance.

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Planning for Sport

Thursday 22nd November 2018, 17:30pm

Emma Groome (English Institute of Sport - Performance Lifestyle Advisor for British Canoeing) talks about the importance of how parents can help their child plan for sport.

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Being a Parent or Carer in Elite Sport

Thursday 15th November 2018, 16:30pm

Rich Ramsdale (Head of Talent) talks about the role of a parent or carer in elite sport.

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Podcasts

Each month we hope to be able to bring you a new podcast revisiting previously delivered webinars, but to ensure their relevance we are facilitating discussions between a programme coach, a subject matter expert and a parent. 

You can download Podcasts on Spotify, Podbean and Apple and find all episodes recorded by following 'British Canoeing Talent Parent Programme'.

Being a parent to a Talent Programme athlete - Slalom Specific

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We explore the topic of 'Being a Parent of a Talent Programme Athlete' specific to the Slalom discipline with Rich Ramsdale (Head of Talent) & Julia Kang (Parent). The England Talent Programme hope you will come away with a better understanding of what the pathway is and the demands that are placed on all parties (athlete, parent and coach) as athletes progress through the programme and how to support and what is expected from all parties.

Being a parent to a Talent Programme athlete - Sprint Specific

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We explore the topic of 'Being a Parent of a Talent Programme Athlete' specific to the Sprint discipline with Nick Fowler-Rimell (Podium Potential Technical Coach) & Linda Clark (Parent). The England Talent Programme hope you will come away with a better understanding of what the pathway is and the demands that are placed on all parties (athlete, parent and coach) as athletes progress through the programme and how to support this as a parent.

Goal Setting

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We are joined by Neil Buckley (UK Transition Coach), David Paterson (Slalom EPS athlete) and Zofia Campbell (Volunteer Psychologist for Slalom EPS) to explore the topic of 'Goal Setting for a Talent Programme Athlete'.

The England Talent Programme hope you will come away with a better understanding of what goal setting is and how it can be used to ensure an athlete continues to make improvements.

Developing a Growth Mindset

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We are joined by Nick Fowler-Rimell (England Talent National Coach), Roisin Kelly (England Talent Programme Volunteer Psychologist) & Sally Holland (Parent) to explore the topic of 'Developing a Growth Mindset'.

The England Talent Programme hope you will come away with a better understanding of how parents can help their child develop a growth mindset and how to reinforce processes. 

Anti Doping

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We are joined by Gemma Wiggs (Anti-Doping Lead Officer), Ian Raspin (England Talent National Coach - Canoe Slalom) & Nikki Forrow (Parent). 

During this podcast episode our guests discussed the values and ethics of sport and why it's important to instil this within athletes at a young age, the prohibited list and checking medications, the risk of taking supplements, online education for athletes and parents and an outline of the testing process. 

Coping With Nerves

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We are joined by Ian Raspin (England Talent National Coach - Canoe Slalom), Ryan Fagan (Volunteer England Talent Programme Psychologist) & Liva Kinstlere (Parent). 

During this podcast episode our guests discussed race day nerves and the strategies athletes and parents can use to effectively cope with race day nerves.

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Additional Information and Resources

This page will contain key parent resources and supplementary reading and video resources relating to the Talent Parent Programme topics following on from the delivery of the webinar. 

These are useful parent websites for top tips, additional reading and resources.

Courtside Dad

Funding Sources

High Performance Parenting

I Love to Watch You Play

Non-Perfect Dad

Sport Parent EU 

Stanger Pro 

Working with Parents in Sport (WWPIS)

Being a Parent or Carer in Elite Sport Resources

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Planning for Sport

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Nutrition

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Nutrition for the Vegan & Vegetarian Athlete

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Growth Mindset

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Goal Setting

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📰 What is Goal Setting? (BelievePerform, 2020)

📰 Goal Setting Worksheet (Hooton, Emma 2018)

The Adolescent Brain

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Physical Development

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Coping with Nerves

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Parenting at Events

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📰 Parenting at Events Presentation and Notes

Useful Downloads

Grit

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🎦 The Marshmallow Test (Igniter Media, 2009)

📰 The Concept of Grit and it's role in Elite Sport Part 1 (http://www.mattspoint.com)

🎦 Grit: The Power of passion and perseverance, a video from Angela Lee Duckworth (www.ted.com)

🎦 GRIT by Angela Duckworth (Productivity Game, 2016)

📰 Can we develop or enhance the concept of grit? (BelievePerform 2020)

📰 Angela Duckworth Grit Scale (angeladuckworth.com)

Skill Development 

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🎦 Training Ugly (Ragan,Trevor, 2015)

📰 Alysa Liu Figure Skating (The Guardian, 2019)

📰 BBC News Article: Can 10,000 hours of practice make you an expert? (BBC, 2014)

🎦 How to Practice Effectively (TED-Ed, 2017)

📰 Constraints Based Learning (https://drowningintheshallow.wordpress.com)

🎦 Constraints learning vs Isolated Practice Video (Opposite Direction, 2017)

🎦 Kobe Bryant Video (The Aspen Institute, 2018)

Anti Doping

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When it comes to anti-doping, you have a vital role in helping your child be clean and stay clean. 

📰 UK Anti Doping

📰 UKAD Help Protect Sport - Parents and Carers Booklet

📰 UK Anti Doping Parent and Guardians Questionnaire

📰 GlobalDro

📰 GlobalDro Step by Step Guide

📰 InformedSport

📰 Risks Behind Sports Supplements (Informed-Sport & Informed-Choice, 2013)

📳 Download the 100% me Clean Sport App (Apple, Android

The Car Journey Home

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Motivation

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The Female Athlete

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