An open, insightful and vulnerable conversation with the now leader of lifestyle sport governing body - Parkour UK (a sport community which was not sure it needed a Governing Body!)
Dan has had a fantastic career in sport and shares many pearls of wisdom that he has picked up on the way. He has faced some great high and some devastating losses and talks openly about these experiences.
It’s not been a simple and straight forward path and Dan really shows how hard work and perseverance with a clear purpose has helped him do what he always wanted to do. I am sure much of his story will connect with you in some way or another and may provide you with the insight and inspiration you need! It is well worth an hour of your time!
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Success quotes or sayings:
“When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.
I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.
When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.
Now, as an old man, I realise the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realise that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.”
There is a lot in life when you get told no...get told no again …and you get told no again. Keep going and use all interactions as feedback.
I am always trying to learn and immerse myself in their stories. They tell stories and do not teach lessons. Through the stories we learn lessons.
A variety of course and content
Look ‘off the beaten path’
Learn from all environments and contexts.
Being aware of my prejudgements and biases. Everybody has prejudices and biases!
I can only comment on my path.
3 significant losses – lost a child, and mum and mother-in-law within 3 weeks.
Looking to understand the whole person really and fully.
View things in a positive way.
I wasn’t depressed I was going through grief.
Trying to smile about things that have happened. Looking forward. Look for the next thing that will make you smile.
The is a huge amount of this (life) that we are making up as we go along.
There are currently 15 Parkour Podcasts on the Market at present.
The opportunities and challenges going forward…..Collaboration / Co-production, Shared Services,
If you were to put the sport system together now you would probably not make it as it currently is.
We are desperately trying not to ‘Reinvent the wheel’
Looking through a free lens – not having to deal with some previous cultures and baggage
The books that you would recommend are?
From a non fiction perspective; I enjoy the books by Malcolm Gladwell, Matthew Syed and Michael Lewis
In no particular order and not limited to:
In one sentence – What advice would you give to your teenage version of yourself?
Build networks – get others to help you solve your problems and challenges.
Who has made a big impact on you?
All the people that have offered me a job.
Chris Brindley (former chair of Greater Sport & current chair of the Rugby League World Cup)
Simon Ridd (was at Sport England)
Whos’ Sport Story would you be really interested in hearing?
Anyone really – there are so many!
Perhaps….Yvonne Harrison and Born Barikor amongst many are incredibly inspiring
Coaching questions I would like to pose:
Dan talked about his Network – who is in your network, how well do you know them and who or what is missing?
What has been one of your greatest losses or rejections and how has it affected you? How could you use this experience to help you positively move on…?
@bocciaengland https://www.bocciaengland.org.uk/ What is boccia?
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Tony Fretwell - FA Women’s Super League Academy Manager
Brian Ashton MBE -Former England Rugby Union Head Coach now Performance Coach Developer and Advisor
Danielle Brown MBE - 2x Paralympic Gold Medallist, 1st Para athlete to represent England in able-bodied, Speaker, Children’s Author
Christophe Ridley - Professional Rugby Union Referee and Performance Leadership Coach
Sarah Green – Performance Coach Developer and Football Coach
Sam Parfitt – CEO/Founder of the True Athlete Project and former Tennis Player
Will Jefferson - Founder of Performance Catalyst Ltd and Former 1st Class Cricketer
Eboni Usoro-Brown (Nee Beckford-Chambers) - England and TeamBath netballer, solicitor, wife and mum
Karen Brown MBE – Former 3x Olympic Hockey Player and 3x Olympic Hockey Coach now Coach Developer
Lou Englefield – Director of Pride Sports UK, Campaign Director of Football v Homophobia, Fare Network board member & sports activist.
Kevin Nicholson - Head of Coaching at Exeter City Football Club and former professional footballer
Lucy Moore - Head of Professional Workforce at Sport England, Trustee at Activity Alliance, PhD student with The Open University.
Steve McCormack - Head of Welfare at Rugby League Cares and former Head coach of the Scotland Rugby League team
Dr Cath Bishop – Author of The Long Win, business coach, medal winning Olympic rower and former diplomat
Kevin Sinfield MBE – Director of Rugby at Leeds Rhinos and marathon fundraiser for MND Association.
Chris Ratcliffe - CEO Boccia England and previously represented GB in the 1985 Deaflympics (Water Polo) and Wales Deaf Rugby
John Blain – Former Yorkshire, Northamptonshire & Scotland Cricketer and now Director of Cricket at The Grange C.C. in Edinburgh.
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