My name is Alex Spring (married name Webb) and I have been coaching for over 15 years in schools, clubs and county as well as running many courses in the South East. I play netball for Gems in Surrey and coach various clubs throughout the county.
I taught PE for 2 years before visiting Australia and New Zealand on a scholarship to research levels of fitness in PE lessons. Whilst in Australia, I got involved with coaching courses at the Sydney Institute of Sport which was a great learning platform and helped with many ideas within the book.
On returning from my travels I left teaching and went into the events industry, where I became and Events Director for an Experiential Marketing Agency running large scale festivals, launches and other events. I’ve recently been on maternity leave which allowed me to run a lot more courses in schools and Universities which has been great to be able to have the time to build Spring Coaching. I am now back working in events with one of the orginal dragons, Doug Richard. He lectures on how to be an entrepreneur through www.schoolforstartups.co.uk and it’s been a great help already as it’s hopefully going to bring more to my business as well as working for him. Watch this space…..
Where did “Coaching Made Easy” come from?
I was asked by my sister to run a day course for Primary School teachers in Cambridgeshire as many of them were very ‘out of the loop’ when it came to netball. I put a booklet together to go with the course which became the core of ‘Coaching Made Easy’. I then began to develop the book as a useful tool when I ran Level 1 courses. Many people who have attended my Level 1 courses or ‘Skills and Drills’ courses now have a copy of the book which has helped them immensely with their confidence when teaching netball at school and junior club level
How has Coaching Made Easy evolved
A few years ago, a copy of Coaching Made Easy turned up in the hands of a company called Quintic. They had already worked with the likes of Steve Backley to create an athletics training DVD, some great golfers and also top squash players all with the aim of creating coaching and teaching resources in the form of video. They contacted me to see if they could bring my book to life which has been great. So if you’re a visual learner and you want to see the drills brought to life with great audio descriptions, progressions and highlighted common errors, then this is the new age of Coaching Made Easy. You can watch the drills frame by frame, enlarge the screen, play the drills in slow motion – a great tool for coach and player. So please join me in 2010 when Coaching Made Easy goes active.