Leeds University Student Talk
A few weeks ago Ignite was invited to talk at Leeds University for the Institute of Psychological Sciences. It was a fantastic opportunity for students throughout Leeds to listen to some important topics on how vital mental toughness is in any walk of life and how they can apply those skills to their academic life, personal life and eventually working life. There were some great questions were fired back which allows for very real answers to be given so the attendees understand fully how to apply those skills instantly.
Invite to Aston Villa Training Complex
Back in November I was kindly invited to the Aston Villa training complex. It is always superb to visit behind the scenes of top class facilities. This is by far one of the best facilities going. Many will view Aston Villa as a bottom half of the Premier League side. However bottom half of the Premier League is still a very impressive standard throughout the world of football. The one thing that was consistent with this facility and how they do their job, as is with every other leading facility and team, is the attention to detail. I could have stayed in one particular corridor for hours reading the graphs explaining the breakdown of performance for every player. When you deal with factual data like that you really would have to try hard to not improve. Three pitches for the first team alone to train on, make sure they are always prepared superbly well. One with underground heating and the other without but both the exact same dimensions as Villa Park, their home ground. The third pitch is the same turf as the top 5/6 teams play on and an average size of their grounds. Many would think what is the point in such a tiny detail but when you perform at the top level you can't afford to leave a stone unturned. From driving through the gates to leaving, the one thing you are aware of is the professionalism and high standards set by each individual involved.
Oli Mcburnie debut & leading scorer in FA Youth Alliance League
A massive congratulations to Oli Mcburnie who after signing his first professional contract with Bradford City has now made his first team debut. Since then he has been invited to train with the Scotland U19 squad. Oli is still playing for the Youth team at Bradford and is top scorer with 21 goals in 15 games. A special mention also goes to his younger brother Xander who also is progressing superbly and his latest achievement is making his debut for the youth team in the FA Youth Cup. Xander is still only 15 years old.
Ignite Clients Perform Well on Europro Tour
The golfing season has now come to a close for all the Ignite golf athletes. It was a superb year for many of the guys and here are some of the stats from the season with some of the Europro Tour players:
Scoring Average: Nick McCarthy - 70.97
Marcus Armitage - 70.55
James Maw - 71.77
Most Eagles: James Maw - 8
Lee Clark - 5
Nick McCarthy - 3
Total Birdies: Nick McCarthy - 136 in 39 rounds
James Maw - 134 in 39 rounds
Marcus Armitage - 80 in 22 rounds
Marcus Claims First Europro Victory!
Last week saw one of the best results Ignite has had. Marcus Armitage has been in great form since we began working again this year and he took his biggest victory on the Europro Tour in Ireland last week.
As a coach it is a superb feeling to take a call from one of your athletes or clients for them to tell you about a great success. Marcus rang to tell me the good news in his standard calm relaxed mood. My reply was simple, I told him I was not impressed with today. The bit I was really impressed with was the day to day commitment Marcus has shown to his profession. Marcus is an incredible talent but this year has taught him a massive lesson. No matter how talented you are you need to bring to the table a work ethic and burning desire to succeed. Marcus has talent in abundance but never really maximised it. Now however he is realising that work ethic can allow the talent to shine. I have always believed this quote and recently heard someone else mention it.
"Hard work beats talent when talent doesnt work hard"
A superb victory and 9th of the year. He infact has now reached 10 wins in 2013 after his Pro-am win on Wednesday in Scotland at last weeks Europro event where he finished 9th.
Oli Gets Man Utd Opportunity
I honestly think last week should have been titled "Great phone call week". I took a call from a youngster who I have worked with for the past couple of seasons and off seasons. The focus has been physical development for his football. Oli is in the Youth Academy at Bradford City. However that has recently changed. He called to say he had been at Carrington (Man Utd's training complex). He said "I am now on loan with Man Utd and go to Ireland next week for the Milk Cup. The Milk Cup is a tournament that brings the best teams together from Brazil, Russia, Spain, Portugal, UK, America, South America and the list goes on.
To hear one of your athletes say thank you and he couldnt have done it without your help and advice is a very special feeling. Not many people get positive feedback in their jobs and so I feel very fortunate when my athletes and clients say those things. It sends you away with even more motivation to do it again. I honestly think if team leaders and managers in business made sure they regularly thanked their teams after even small successes they would see motivation and results go up!
Friday night saw the Manchester United lads play in the final. I was personally watching it on BBC Ireland with great interest. They were approaching the final few minutes of the game. Still 0-0 United looked as though they could sneak it. A few moments later I leaped for joy as Oli rose above the rest to head home in literally the last minute. United took the trophy and Oli finished with 5 goals in 5 games. The result was fantastic but speaking with him today and looking at the bigger picture Oli came away with huge confidence and motivation to keep working hard.
Interview with Duncan McCarthy
Ignite Athlete Claims His Spot in the Open Championship!
A massive congratulations to Ignite athlete Darryn Lloyd who has qualified for the Open Championship later this year at Muirfield. He has worked exceptionally hard to improve his performance and now has his rewards. Any young golfers dream has been realised by him, teeing it up in The Open Championship.
Maw with 3 Wins Already!
Ignite athlete James Maw has now notched up 3 wins in 2013. James has worked extremely hard throughout the winter on his performance and in our latest meeting has shown how much he has learnt about himself and what we need to do to keep improving. He has developed a focus over time that will definitely lead him on to more successes. Many think they are working hard but in James' case he has the factual data that proves he is a better athlete, rather than a feeling he is better. He can now go enjoy the season because the work was done at the right time.
Three 3rds in Spain
Ignite athlete Chris Hanson spent 10 days of March in Spain playing in 3 events out there while the rest of us battled with the snow! A very wise decision in the end that was always part of his end of winter plan. Whilst out there Chris was able to put into play some new skills he wants to develop throughout 2013 with his swing and mindset. In those 3 events Chris finished 3rd in each one. Three very consistent finishes that now allows him to return and implement those new skills into his future events on the Challenge Tour throughout the season. Chris continues to set a very high standard in work ethic and gets his rewards from continuous effort on a daily basis.
Ignite Works with Random Storm
Last week Ignite started work with a new corporate client, Random Storm. Speaking with the sales team and technical/ management team on the importance of goal setting and motivation to achieve goals was great and the response was very positive. Ignite is working with more corporate clients, both individuals and teams, by implementing the priciples successfully used with Ignite athletes. Ignite and Random Storm have already turned attentions to how long term improvement can be made and so plans have already been made to progress with the teams and individuals within those teams. The result ultimately will be a higher performance achieved by the business which of course is made up of individuals working towards that same goal.
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Ignite athlete working hard during his week from the EuroPro Tour.
Ferrari 350 Challenge car with Ignite logo on each corner.
Clip from a 1-2-1 speed & agility session.
Ever wondered what your body could do? Or you stop when it gets tough? Check this video to watch clips from a race a 72 year old woman completed! Then think again!
Pacquaio only fights a max of 12 rounds, but he trains the equivalent of 50 rounds during camp. That is how important training is!