PESS Seminar:  Presentation by Prof. Dave Collins

PESS Seminar: Presentation by Prof. Dave Collins

Date & Time

18 May 2011, 00:00


PESS Journal Room



Events Details

Dr Dave Collins, Professor of Coaching and Performance at the University of Central Lancashire and Director of Grey Matters Consultants.  Previously, as PD of UK Athletics, Dave directed the programme which progressed the team from 24th to 5th (World then Olympic) 21st to 3rd (World Indoors) and 12th to 1st (European Team). Dave has over 100 peer review publications and 35 books/book chapters published.  He has worked with over 60 World or Olympic medallists plus professional sports teams, dancers, musicians, and executives in business and public service.  Current research interests include performer and coach development, cognitive expertise, and the promotion of peak performance across different challenge environments. As a performer, Dave was excessively average at low skill sports such as Rugby, American Football, Martial Arts and Outdoor Pursuits.  He has coached rugby to national level. Dave is a Fellow of the Society of Martial Arts and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Beyond Practice and Play – Deliberate Preparation as the best basis for Satisfying Lifelong Physical Activity on Wed, 18 May 2011 at 10.00am @PESS Journal Room

As knowledge (and sometimes even practice) moves forwards in the challenging environment of Talent Identification and Development (TID), Deliberate Practice and Deliberate Play are increasingly presented as the two contrasting options through which utopia may best be reached. In this presentation I offer two important contentions, which may help us to realise the elusive goals which sport and physical activity for young people should aspire to. The first offers a model for a systemic “sporting utopia” in which both activity and performance goals can be achieved. The second offers a theoretically sound, empirically based mechanism through which these high aspirations can be achieved; at least in a westernised societal setting!