Category Archives: Coaching

Meet Michael Hutchinson and Discover the Obsession, Science and Luck Behind the World’s Fastest Cyclists

Discover the Obsession, Science and Luck Behind the World’s Fastest Cyclists


Michael Hutchinson is obsessed with speed. He will be here at the Bloomsbury Institute on 6th May to tell us about his new book, Faster, and explain why cyclists do what they do, what the riders, their coaches and the boffins get up to behind the scenes, and why the idea of going faster is such an appealing, universal instinct for all of us.

Fantastic. An intelligent and personal insight in to the world of elite cycling’ Sir Dave Brailsford

Book your tickets today!

Know the Game

Ever lost out on that elusive pub quiz win because you couldn’t remember how many players in a basketball team? Or how far the penalty mark is from the goal in football? Or the height of a tennis net? Or when the game of badminton was invented?

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Or maybe you’ve got tickets to the London 2012 Olympics and want to brush up on the rules before you go.

Know the Game is a renowned and iconic series of sports books that will provide you with all the basics for understanding each sport along with clear explanations of the rules – so no more sitting in the stands wondering why the ref blew the whistle.

Written by the governing body in each sport, they give you practical, step-by-step guidance on how to play the sport, supported by helpful illustrations, as well as training tips from some of the world’s best players and athletes. There are also quizzes to test your knowledge. And if you’re interested in teaching, coaching or umpiring, there’s advice for you too.

Check out Know the Game for everything you wanted to know about your favourite sport.

So You Want To Be Captain?

A captain has many responsibilities and can make or break a team. So where can you look to for help? So You Want To Be Captain? a new book publishing in March 2012 is the answer. Perfect for any young sports-mad reader, it is the ideal resource for inspiring advice and tips on how to be a great captain and lead your team to success direct from some of the greatest sporting heroes. Advice is in the form of letters addressed to the author’s young son who wanted to learn the key attributes of being a great captain.

The author of the book, Declan Gane offers some words on the book and what Karen Atkinson has to say to young, aspiring captains:

Crowned World Netball Series Champions in November, English netball has been on a roll in recent years under the captaincy of Hertfordshire Mavericks skipper, Karen Atkinson who has more than 100 international caps to her name. In this book aimed at aspiring young sportsmen and women, Karen shares her ideas on how to captain a winning team with my son, Louis Gane (who was looking for inspiration when handed the armband as a 12 year old). As well as Karen’s own words of wisdom, 47 other leading captains give their top tips to Louis in the book, including sporting legends Ian Botham, Will Carling, Phil Neville, Colin Montgomerie and Jamie Peacock.

Karen advises wannabe captains to “MOTIVATE your team to give 100 per cent and perform to their best, use POSITIVE talk whether to praise or to give constructive feedback and be APPROACHABLE to all team members.” There’s plenty more great advice to inspire the next generation from skippers that have all ‘been there and done it’. Put a wise head on young shoulders. 

Publication March 2012


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