I had the great pleasure of speaking with Nathan Wood who is currently playing his part in developing the next England cricketers and coaches.
He has shared his amazing, honest, and rounded view of being a professional player, then coach and now coach developer and parent himself. This is a priceless insight for all parents, coaches and developers of others and especially those grappling with high aspirations for themselves and or their family, or who are coaching their own children.
Nathan’s measured and very thoughtful approach and account of his Sport Story is a clear demonstration of the self-exploration he has done and continues to do in both his personal and professional life.
I am sure that the individuals on the Specialist and International Coaching programmes at the ECB will definitely value the breadth of his experiences, his depth of insight and understanding and his relaxed yet purposeful approach.
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Success Quote or saying:
‘Look to add value and not interference’
‘I am not my work and I am not my past’
Quick fire questions:
The books that you would recommend are?
Golf is Not a Game of Perfect by Dr. Bob Rotella The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Sir Ken RobinsonEgo is the Enemy: The Fight to Master Our Greatest Opponent By Ryan HolidayWhy Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert M. Sapolsky
What is the most useful and or valuable Technology you use (apps, equipment etc…)?
My mobile phone and a brilliant star gazing app called STAR WALK
How do you relax and re energise yourself to enable you to perform at your best?
Relax walking the dog and connecting to the here and now
If you won the lottery…
Support Dementia based charities due to close personal experiences
In one sentence – What advice would you give to your teenage version of yourself?
Experience the external world more (as opposed to what’s going on in my head) and just enjoy the game of cricket. It is just a game!
Who has made a big impact on you?
· Dav Whatmore (Cricket Coach)
· Gordon Lord (a previous guest on the Sport Stories Podcast – Episode #1)
Whos’ Sport Story would you be really interested in hearing?
· Mohammed Ali
Coaching questions I would like to pose:
What is the first question you ask your children or grand children after they have played sport?
What could you do more of or differently to positively impact on the sporting experience of those around you??