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Dave Collins

Dave Collins is Professor of Coaching and Performance at the University of Central Lancashire, UK and Director of Grey Matters Performance Ltd. Dave has over 300 peer review publications and more than 60 books/book chapters published. From an applied perspective, Dave has worked with over 60 World or Olympic medallists plus professional sports teams, dancers, musicians, and executives in business and public service. As a performer, he was excessively average at high contact sports (at least the way he played them) such as Rugby, American Football, Martial Arts and Outdoor Pursuits. He has coached rugby to national level, is a senior coach in weightlifting, a 5th Dan in Karate and a qualified and experienced PE teacher/teacher educator. Dave is a Director of the Rugby Coaches Association and Director of Coaching for iZone Driver Performance and current lead psychology consultant to, amongst others, Chelsea FC and the New Zealand Ski and Snowboard teams. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Martial Arts, the Zoological Society of London and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and an ex Royal Marine.

Aine MacNamara is a Reader in Elite Performance in the Institute of Coaching and Performance at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. Aine¿s background is in physical education and coaching and she has worked with young people in a range of sporting environments as an educator, coach and sports psychology consultant. Her main research interest is in Talent Development and she has published widely in peer-review journals, book chapters and technical reports. She has consulted with a range of sporting organisations in the UK and Ireland to help them develop Talent Development pathways and policies as well as providing coach and parent education to support the implementation of these ideas. She is the mother to two long-term TD projects called S¿ra and Iarlaith who she endeavours to support with an evidence-based approach!