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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 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

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:

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:

Anti-Doping

Thursday 27th June, 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:

Skill Development

Thursday 16th May, 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:

Grit

Tuesday 23rd April, 17:30pm

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

Parenting at Events

Wednesday 20th March, 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:

Coping with Nerves

Wednesday 13th March, 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:

Physical Development

Thursday 7th March, 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:

The Adolescent Brain

Thursday 24th January, 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:

Goal Setting

Thursday 13th December, 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:

Growth Mindset 

Thursday 6th December, 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:

Nutrition 

Thursday 29th November, 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:

Planning for Sport

Thursday 22nd November, 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:

Being a Parent or Carer in Elite Sport

Thursday 15th November, 16:30pm

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

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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

High Performance Parenting

I Love to Watch You Play

Non-Perfect Dad

Sport Parent EU 

Stanger Pro 

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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Growth Mindset

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Developing a Growth Mindset (Believe Perform 2018)

10 Things Parents Should Not Do In The Car Post Race (Believe Perform 2018)

12 tips to Help You Overcome Setbacks (Believe Perform 2018)

The Effort Effect (Stanford Magazine 2007)

Goal Setting

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What is Goal Setting? (David Harrison 2012)

Goal Setting Worksheet (Emma Hooton 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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Grit

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The Marshmallow Test (Igniter Media, 2009)

The Concept of Grit and it'#s role in Elite Sport 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.com)

Angela Duckworth Grit Scale (angeladuckworth.com)

Skill Development

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Training Ugly (Trevor Ragan, 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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