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Ex England, Yorkshire and Notts bowler Ryan Sidebottom joined us for the final Pre Season Series session. Topics discussed included:Stepping up to playing for EnglandResponding to difficulties in cricketBeing open about mental ill healthSupport
Gloucestershire & England keeper James Bracey was the fifth guest for the Pre Season Series earlier this year. We're glad to share it here now after a delay.Topics discussed included:Adapting to new environmentsSupporting team matesWork/life ba
Much delayed but here is the fourth of the 2022 Pre Season Series sessions with Glamorgan batter Sam Northeast.Topics discussed included:Making runs for a livingThe role of a team mateLife away from the gameSupport the show
Middlesex bowler Ethan and former Lancashire & Leicestershire batter discuss opening the innings, dealing with setbacks and the identity of a professional cricketer.Support the show (http://www.openingupcricket.com/shop)
Warwickshire's Eve Jones was the guest for the second of the 2022 Pre Season Series sessions.Topics discussed included:- Routines for batting- The challenges of The Hundred- Switching off from the gameSupport the show (http://www.openingupcrick
Kent keeper/batter Ollie joined us for the first of the 2022 Pre Season Series sessions.We discussed:Managing the demands of professional cricketPreparation as a keeper/batterStaying mentally healthySupport the show (http://www.openingupcricket
Derbyshire pace bowler Dustin opened up on the realities of dealing with injuries. He spoke about the impact at the time, through rehab to the longer term mental challenges.An important insight to a topic that needs more discussion.Support the
Jon Northcroft is an Opening Up Cricket trustee and football writer. In this episode he talks us the art of ghost writing, something he has done most recently for Peter Schmeichel, including:What it actually is and the process involvedStaying t
Primary school teacher Peter has a mission to increase physical activity in young people to the benefit of their mind and body.We discussed the impact of covid, barriers to promoting activity, teacher wellbeing and his initiative Prime Fitness
Middlesex bowler Ethan chatted with Mark about how he has managed performance anxiety during his career so far.Support the show (http://www.openingupcricket.com/shop)
The term 'coaching' is subject to lots of different interpretations, especially in the world outside of sport.Mark spoke with Jim Hughes about what he sees it as in his work coaching high performers. It was thought provoking to consider how we
Mark gives his perspective on what he has learned from the experience of depressive illness.Support the show (http://www.openingupcricket.com/shop)
Paul Smith played for Warwickshire from 1982 and 1996, featuring as a key member of the famous treble winning side of 1994. Here he spoke about the influence of Bob Woolmer, how mental health was looked after in his career as well as the challe
Northern Diamonds bowler Phoebe joined us for the eight Pre Season Series session back in March.We discussed her unusual journey to being a professional athlete via themes of embracing challenges, perseverance and finding your own way.Support t
Hampshire's Tom Alsop chatted with Mark about the reasons behind him joining our team to host sessions. The insight to the personal and professional contexts of mental health and wellbeing are well worth a listen...Support the show (http://www.
West Indies Director of Cricket Jimmy joined us in March for the seventh Pre Season Series session.The main themes discussed were managing stress, dealing with burnout and fatigue and adapting to different conditions.Support the show (http://ww
Abi joined Mark to share his thoughts on the importance of being truly listened to. He reflects on his personal experience of being supported following the loss of his Mum as well as communication in cricket, drawing on his time as a profession
Northamptonshire bowling coach Chris  joined us live in February for the sixth of our 'Pre Season Series' sessions so here it is for you to catch up on.The theme we explored was meditation in cricket. Support the show (http://www.openingupcrick
Kent batter Daniel  joined us live in February for the fifth of our 'Pre Season Series' sessions so here it is for you to catch up on.The themes discussed were:Mental strategies to bat longOvercoming adversityMaintaining good mental healthSuppo
Southern Vipers bowler Tara  joined us live in January for the fourth of our 'Pre Season Series' sessions so here it is for you to catch up on.The themes discussed were:Sport/life balanceMindful cricketLooking out for team mates.Support the sho
Surrey all-rounder Rikki  joined us live in January for the third of our 'Pre Season Series' sessions so here it is for you to catch up on.The themes discussed were:Fielding focusMotivation to keep improvingOvercoming setbacksSupport the show (
Derbyshire all-rounder Luis joined us live in January for the second of our 'Pre Season Series' sessions so here it is for you to catch up on.The themes discussed were:Mindset as an all rounderManaging anxietyPositive team environmentsSupport t
Derbyshire all-rounder Fynn joined us live in January for the first of our 'Pre Season Series' sessions so here it is for you to catch up on.The themes discussed were:Dealing with setbacksFocus in gamesSupporting team matesSupport the show (htt
Kate shared her experiences of how the measures in place to facilitate international cricket during the pandemic have impacted her wellbeing.She provides an honest, balanced account of the realities of such an unusual situation. Well worth a li
Rich Hudson, managing director of Buckinghamshire Cricket and author of 'Perform Beyond Pressure' discussed some key themes from his book with Mark.Key topics include:How pressure as a concept is inhibitingConnecting with why we play the gameTh
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