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  • More Power

    Hugh Matheson

    Product Code: MREP
    Hardback
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    Jurgen Grobler, one of Britain's most esteemed sporting coaches and the mastermind behind many Olympic rowing successes, has remained largely out of the spotlight throughout his life.

    This biography, written by Olympic medallist Hugh Matheson and rowing historian Christopher Dodd, looks at the ways in which he has inspired Britain's rowing teams so so many Gold medals.

    Grobler has worked with athletes including Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell over the years and won Gold in a range of boat classes. This book looks over his career - from his early years in the German Democratic Republic to the fall of the Berlin Wall and then a move to Britain in pursuit of rowing greatness.
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  • Klopp: Bring the Noise

    Raphael Honigstein

    Product Code: CCDQZ
    Paperback
    The definitive insight into the man behind Liverpool's Champions League 2019 victory Jurgen Klopp was confirmed as manager of Liverpool FC in October 2015 to a rapturous reception. His super-sized personality and all-or-nothing style of football and management made him the perfect choice to pump up the volume at Anfield and lift Liverpool out of a slump. The appointment sparked hysteria in the city with fans and club officials delighted to get the coach they'd long admired from afar and eager to see the impact he would have on the club and the Premier League. Klopp is the manager to turn players into winners. He's authentic, approachable and funny, charming media and fans alike. He's also merciless and exceptionally driven, his quick temper bubbling away barely under the surface. Klopp's pitch-side passion has enthralled fans, culminating in 2019's triumphant Champions League win. With exclusive access to Klopp's friends, family, colleagues and players, Raphael Honigstein goes behind-the-scenes at Liverpool to tell the definitive story of Klopp's career and how he brought Liverpool to victory.
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  • Quiet Genius

    Ian Herbert

    Product Code: BPONF
    Paperback
    SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 The full story of the man who brought unprecedented - and since unmatched - success to Liverpool FC Bob Paisley was the quiet man in the flat cap who swept all domestic and European opposition aside and produced arguably the greatest club team that Britain has ever known. The man whose Liverpool team won trophies at a rate-per-season that dwarfs Sir Alex Ferguson's achievements at Manchester United and who remains the only Briton to lead a team to three European Cups. From Wembley to Rome, Manchester to Madrid, Paisley's team was the one no one could touch. Working in a city which was on its knees, in deep post-industrial decline, still tainted by the 1981 Toxteth riots and in a state of open warfare with Margaret Thatcher, he delivered a golden era - never re-attained since - which made the city of Liverpool synonymous with success and won them supporters the world over. Yet, thirty years since Paisley died, the life and times of this shrewd, intelligent, visionary, modest football man have still never been fully explored and explained. Based on in-depth interviews with Paisley's family and many of the players whom he led to an extraordinary haul of honours between 1974 and 1983, Quiet Genius is the first biography to examine in depth the secrets of Paisley's success. It inspects his man-management strategies, his extraordinary eye for a good player, his uncanny ability to diagnose injuries in his own players and the opposition, and the wicked sense of humour which endeared him to so many. It explores the North-East mining community roots which he cherished, and considers his visionary outlook on the way the game would develop. Quiet Genius is the story of how one modest man accomplished more than any other football manager, found his attributes largely unrecorded and undervalued and, in keeping with the gentler ways of his generation, did not seem to mind. It reveals an individual who seemed out of keeping with the brash, celebrity sport football was becoming, and who succeeded on his own terms. Three decades on from his death, it is a football story that demands to be told.
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  • 101 Youth Football Drills

    Malcolm Cook

    Product Code: CCHZF
    Paperback
    Designed specifically for players aged 12 to 16, this manual contains a wide range of progressive practice drills to help young players develop. Fun, educational and challenging, all drills are illustrated and cover the essential technical skills including: warming up, dribbling and running with the ball, passing, shooting, heading, crossing, goalkeeping and warming down. As well as easy-to-use instructions, each drill contains information on the equipment needed, the space required and how to organise the players. 'For 30 years Malcolm Cook has shone his light down the path of soccer development and progress.' Andy Roxburgh, UEFA Technical Director
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  • Win or Learn

    John Kavanagh

    Product Code: BGZBF
    Paperback
    Conor McGregor's trainer tells the amazing story of his long road to success in the world's fastest-growing sport Growing up in Dublin, John Kavanagh was a skinny lad who was frequently bullied. As a young man, after suffering a bad beating when he intervened to help a woman who was being attacked, he decided he had to learn to defend himself. Before long, he was training fighters in a tiny shed, and promoting the earliest mixed-martial arts events in Ireland. And then, a cocky kid called Conor McGregor walked into his gym ...In Win or Learn, John Kavanagh tells his own remarkable life story - which is at the heart of the story of the extraordinary explosion of MMA in Ireland and globally. Employing the motto 'win or learn', Kavanagh has become a guru to young men and women seeking to master the arts of combat. And as the trainer of the world's most charismatic champion, his gym has become a magnet for talented fighters from all over the globe. Kavanagh's portrait of Conor McGregor - who he has seen in his lowest moments, as well as in his greatest triumphs - is a revelation. What emerges from Win or Learn is a remarkable portrait of ambition, discipline, and persistence in the face of years and years of disappointment. It is a must read for every MMA fan - but also for anyone who wants to understand how to follow a dream and realize a vision. 'For anyone interested in following their dream to the end of the line' Tony Parsons 'It kept me up well past my bedtime' Sean O'Rourke, RTE Radio One 'Remarkable' Irish Times 'Kavanagh is open and honest about his upbringing ...The journey hasn't been easy, but Kavanagh's inbuilt determination has carried him all the way' Irish Examiner
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  • Navigation Companion Second edition

    Tim Davison

    Product Code: BUPTA
    Paperback
    A compact, handy summary of the key things you need to know about navigation at sea: the perfect quick reference guide to keep onboard. The book covers all the navigation essentials: charts, compass, tides, standard and secondary ports, dead reckoning, estimated position, course to steer, lights, GPS, waypoints and buoyage in a highly illustrated format making it easy to understand at a glance - ideal for those moments when you need an answer, and you need it fast! Splash-proof and spiral bound, this little companion stands up to frequent use and serves as a great aide-memoire.
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  • Skills: Soccer - goalkeeping

    Product Code: BTXKT
    Paperback
    The Know the Game Skills series is the perfect introduction to a sport for every budding player. Each book aims to teach young players the basic skills of the game they need to start enjoying the sport - by giving plenty of simple practice drills and showing how the star players do it. Football: Goalkeeping aims to teach the basic skills needed to become a great goalkeeper. It teaches the young player how to: control the area and narrow angles handle the ball block shots clear the ball by punching or kicking come off the goal line set up counter attacks. Clearly illustrated and written by a professional coach, this book will give every player all the skills and confidence they need to enjoy football - from the playground kickabout to competitive matches.
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  • BHS Complete Horsemanship Volume One

    British Horse Society

    Product Code: BLAFJ
    Paperback
    A great foundation for any aspiring equestrian, providing safe, modern and current foundations to progress from in the equestrian industry. Filled with practical knowledge in horse riding, knowledge and care, the first volume in our foundation series is a must for anyone looking to learn the highest standards of equestrianism from the world leading British Horse Society education team. Recommended reading for the British Horse Society Stage 1 award in horse care and riding for those wishing to start their career in the professional industry.
  • Skills

    Luke Sellers

    Product Code: BIRBB
    Paperback
    The Know the Game Skills series is the perfect introduction to a sport for every budding player. Each book aims to teach young players the basic skills they need to start enjoying their sport - by giving plenty of simple practice drills and showing how the star players do it. Cricket: Fielding aims to teach the basic skills needed to become successful in the field. It teaches young players how to: understand the fielding positions catch the ball throw the ball help the bowler appeal for wickets. Clearly illustrated and written by a professional coach, this book will give every player all the skills they need to enjoy cricket.
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  • Hail, Claudio!

    Gabriele Marcotti

    Product Code: BGDVO
    Paperback
    A player for fifteen years. A manager for thirty. Leicester City's victory was more - much more - than just a 'miracle'. It was Claudio Ranieri. This is the inside story of the rise and rise of the butcher's son from Rome, whose hard work, passion for the game and ability to learn from his mistakes have earned him the respect of players, fans and owners worldwide. Between them, journalists Gabriele Marcotti and Alberto Polveros have known Claudio Ranieri since his early days as a determined central defender. During that time, they have closely followed his successes, his failures and his evolution - as a player, as a manager and as a person. From Ranieri's career as a dogged - if not gifted - player, to the skilful tactics, single-minded focus and risk-taking transfers that have set him apart as a manager at teams like Roma and Chelsea, this is the only in-depth insight into the man behind Leicester City's Premiership triumph.
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  • Ultramarathon Training

    Wolfgang Olbrich

    Product Code: BBXGC
    Paperback
    The main section of the book gives fun runners and ambitious runners alike a knowledgeable introduction, enabling them to draw up a structured training plan for the ultra distances. Runners are provided with plans for 50km 100km, 24hr and multi-day races and shown how to achieve these performances. They are given information on nutrition, equipment, orthopedic problems, typical injuries and mental training, thus providing an optimal preparation for successful ultra running. The book also gives an understanding of the fascination of this sport, bringing the scene to life with brief biographies of 10 top runners as well as selected running anecdotes.
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  • The Runner's Expert Guide to Stretching

    Paul Hobrough

    Product Code: CDHQT
    Paperback
    The ultimate stretching guide, designed to help runners of all abilities run further, avoid injuries and achieve better times. Stretching is an incredibly important aspect of running and yet it is frequently overlooked or poorly executed. This book details and explains all the stretches that can ease pain, build strength and enhance running performance. Written by the globally respected physiotherapist, Paul Hobrough, who works with Olympic and World Champion athletes, The Runner's Expert Guide to Stretching will help runners to understand their bodies, identify weaknesses and develop a natural defence against injury. With easy-to-understand explanations of anatomy and physiology, and a comprehensive directory of running stretches, runners of any age or ability will find an ideal range of stretches, clearly organised by body part, as well as a detailed strength and conditioning programme. With more than 2 million of us running at least once a week in the UK alone, this is the go-to guide for every runner.
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  • Crack Climbing

    Pete Whittaker

    Product Code: CDCXD
    Paperback
    The ability to climb cracks is at the core of a climber's craft. Crack Climbing by Pete Whittaker provides a single point of reference for all crack climbing techniques, regardless of the grade you climb. Pete is widely regarded as one of the best crack climbers in the world, having made dozens of cutting-edge first ascents and hard repeats, including the first ascent of Century Crack (5.14b) in Canyonlands, Utah. In this book, Pete has drawn on years of experience to demonstrate the many different techniques and to give you an understanding of when, why and how to use them. Develop these skills with confidence and your climbing standard will improve. The book is split into easily accessible sections on techniques for different widths of cracks, including finger cracks, hand and fist cracks, offwidth cracks and chimneys. Pete looks at the basics, including the hand jam - the essential technique in any crack climber's repertoire - right through to advanced techniques such as the sidewinder and the trout tickler. Step-by-step practical information and how-tos are supplemented with tips and tricks from Pete alongside illustrations by Alex Poyzer and photographs. Additional chapters cover how to tape up, as well as essential gear and equipment. Pete has also interviewed some of the world's top crack climbers so that you can learn from the best. Gain insights from Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold, Barbara Zangerl, Peter Croft and more. Master the craft and advance your climbing. It's time to jam!
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  • Train Happy

    Tally Rye

    Product Code: CCYKI
    Hardback
    Let go of the 'exercise rules' and learn to love working out and moving your body in a multitude of ways! Personal Trainer and Broadcaster Tally Rye is on a mission to change the way we think about exercise, encouraging you to approach it with a mindset of self-care rather than the traditional self-punishment narrative. Join Tally as she helps you to ditch diet culture and all its associations with fitness. Gain knowledge and tools that enable you to navigate your path to a health first, holistic approach to fitness which includes insights from leading experts in body image, mental health and intuitive eating. As you read you will discover the wonderful physical and mental health benefits of regular activity and then start to feel their effects as you follow Tally's 10-week training plan. The plan is designed to slot into your life in a sustainable and flexible way, providing resistance workouts, bodyweight workouts and weekly challenges to keep mixing it up which can all be done in the comfort of your own home. Through personal insight, and as a Trainer, Instructor and host of the podcast Fit And Fearless with BBC 5 Live, Tally wants to help you build a positive and intuitive relationship with fitness, food and your body that is sustainable for the long term and ultimately help you to Train Happy.
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  • Strength Training for Football

    Darren Krein

    Product Code: CBYAC
    Paperback
    Strength training is vital in the development of high school and college football players, as many of them are still physically maturing. Luckily, Strength Training for Football gives strength and conditioning coaches the tools needed to help players excel on the field. The book provides a biomechanical analysis of football and a physical and performance analysis of the 6 groups of football positions. This allows coaches to create an effective training programme for each based on positional demands and differences. A comprehensive text, it includes 12 detailed protocols to test players' strength, power, speed, agility, endurance and anaerobic capacity. These protocols allow to reliably and objectively test their athletes and evaluate their performance. Also included are 10 total body, 20 lower body and 25 upper body resistance training exercises. As well as 15 anatomical core resistance training exercises. Written by experts chosen by the NSCA, this essential guide provides 79 sample resistance training programmes. It also includes tools for designing your own training programmes based on the season, position and level of athlete. Strength Training for Football is your go-to guide for to creating football-specific resistance training programmes to help the athlete optimise strength and successfully transfer that strength to the field.
  • Sports Injuries Guidebook

    Robert Gotlin

    Product Code: CBIZF
    Paperback
    "Injuries are inevitable in sport. When they happen athletes and coaches need to have access to quick support. With Sport Injuries Guidebook, 2nd Edition you are given the information needed to identify injuries and respond quickly. Dr. Robert Gotlin, medical consultant to the New York Knicks, New York Yankees and New Jersey Nets has assembled a team of top specialists in medicine to create this authoritative guide. It covers more than 130 common sport injuries including concussions, rotator cuff tears, bone breaks, ligament sprains, muscle strains and many more. Chapters feature injuries for all regions of the body and include anatomical drawings of the injured area. As well as, descriptions of common causes, identification cues, explanation of symptoms, immediate treatment options and guidelines for returning to action. This new second edition also features new chapters explaining how and why injuries happen. And the different types of injection therapies and when they might be most beneficial. There is also information on preventing injuries occurring in the first place with proper conditioning, body maintenance and nutrition. With high-quality illustrations and a user-friendly format, Sport Injuries Guidebook, 2nd Edition arms you with the first-aid information needed to quickly and safely handle the most common injuries in sport. "
  • Passage Planning Companion

    Alastair Buchan

    Product Code: BZLXN
    Other
    A compact, handy summary of the key things you need to consider when planning a passage by sea and when managing your ship on that passage: the perfect quick reference guide to keep onboard. The book covers the timetable for developing a passage plan and goes through all the elements you should consider: port information, routeing, weather, tides, timings and safety. It then takes you through ship management on the passage: the crew briefing, roles, routines, pre-sail checks, watch keeping and much more. Splash-proof and spiral bound - allowing you to lay it out flat on the chart table - this little book stands up to frequent use and will be a valued companion as you plan and execute your passage.
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  • The Incomplete Book of Running

    Peter Sagal

    Product Code: BZOJE
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    Peter Sagal, the host of NPR's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! and a popular columnist for Runner's World, shares "commentary and reflection about running with a deeply felt personal story, this book is winning, smart, honest, and affecting. Whether you are a runner or not, it will move you" (Susan Orlean). On the verge of turning forty, Peter Sagal-brainiac Harvard grad, short bald Jew with a disposition towards heft, and a sedentary star of public radio-started running seriously. And much to his own surprise, he kept going, faster and further, running fourteen marathons and logging tens of thousands of miles on roads, sidewalks, paths, and trails all over the United States and the world, including the 2013 Boston Marathon, where he crossed the finish line moments before the bombings. In The Incomplete Book of Running, Sagal reflects on the trails, tracks, and routes he's traveled, from the humorous absurdity of running charity races in his underwear-in St. Louis, in February-or attempting to "quiet his colon" on runs around his neighborhood-to the experience of running as a guide to visually impaired runners, and the triumphant post-bombing running of the Boston Marathon in 2014. With humor and humanity, Sagal also writes about the emotional experience of running, body image, the similarities between endurance sports and sadomasochism, the legacy of running as passed down from parent to child, and the odd but extraordinary bonds created between strangers and friends. The result is "a brilliant book about running...What Peter runs toward is strength, understanding, endurance, acceptance, faith, hope, and charity" (P.J. O'Rourke).
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  • Optimist Racing

    Steve Irish

    Product Code: BZLDT
    Paperback
    The Optimist is the most popular junior sailing class worldwide, with thousands of young people actively racing them and hundreds attending the major events in the class. It has been the nursery for most of the top racing sailors in the world including all the Team GBR gold medallists at the last 2 Olympics (Sir Ben Ainslie, Hannah Mills, Saskia Clark and Giles Scott) - the same will be true for most other countries. Optimist Racing is written for those sailors, parents and coaches who are looking for success in this competitive class. In it you will learn what it takes to win, including how to achieve blistering boatspeed through technique and tuning, perfect boat handling and tactics as well as covering the mental and physical requirements for success. There is also a section for parents and coaches describing how they can best support their young sailors. Originally written by Ben Ainslie's Optimist coach, Phil Slater, this new edition has been completely updated by top international racing coach, Steve Irish, who can be found coaching Optimist and other sailors worldwide. This book is the up-to-date handbook for sailing an Optimist fast.
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  • Eddie Jones

    Mike Colman

    Product Code: BZJBW
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    The first biography of the enigmatic coach who has completely transformed the England rugby team. After Eddie Jones began coaching England's rugby team, they won 22 of their next 23 matches. The side that limped out of the 2015 World Cup was thoroughly revitalised. But who was the unconventional figure responsible for this change of fortune? And, given recent setbacks, will Eddie be able to inspire England to bring their best to the 2019 World Cup? From his school days playing alongside the legendary Ella brothers to his masterminding of Japan's jaw-dropping World Cup victory over South Africa, Eddie Jones has always been a polarising figure, known for his punishing work ethic. Constantly controversial, never complacent, Jones has truly shaken up English rugby. Drawing on over a hundred interviews with former teammates, players, administrators, coaching colleagues and Jones himself, veteran rugby writer Mike Colman brings a rare level of insight to his biography of this singular man.
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  • Rebound

    Cindy Kuzma

    Product Code: BZHYU
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    Written by a leading mental skills coach and contributing editor to Runner's World (US), this is a practical guide to building the psychological resilience that athletes need to recover from injury and rebound stronger. Injuries affect every athlete, from the elite Olympian to the weekend racer. In the moment, a traumatic crash, a torn muscle, or a stress fracture can feel like the most devastating event possible. While some athletes are destroyed by the experience, others emerge from their recovery better, stronger, and more confident than ever. The key to a swifter, stronger comeback is the use of mental skills: psychological tools that enable an athlete to take control of their recovery and ultimately use the experience to their advantage. Injury and other setbacks are inevitable - but with training, overcoming them skillfully and confidently is possible. This book will provide a clear, compelling explanation of psychological recovery from injury and a practical guide to building mental resilience. Weaving together personal narratives from star athletes, scientific research, and the specialized clinical expertise of mental skills coach Carrie Jackson Cheadle, it will contain more than 45 Mental Skills and Drills that athletes can use at every phase of their recovery process. These same strategies can help athletes who aren't currently injured reduce their vulnerability to injury, and enable any individual to reach new heights within their sport and beyond.
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  • Swimming Games and Activities

    Jim Noble

    Product Code: BZBQJ
    Paperback
    Tried and tested by teachers for over 15 years, Swimming Games and Activities is packed with games and ideas for teaching children the basics of water competence. With over 200 graded games and activities, it provides enjoyable ideas to stimulate children of all ages and includes: - confidence-building games for non-swimmers and beginners - more challenging activities such as sculling, treading water and diving to help more advanced swimmers develop their skills - practical advice for teachers on lesson planning, using music, running a gala, teaching survival skills and testing a child's progress.
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  • Training Secrets of the World's Greatest Footballers

    James Witts

    Product Code: BXVLT
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    Looking at every area of the game and with exclusive contributions from elite players, leading coaches and sports scientists from the world's leading clubs - including Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Chelsea, Paris St Germain and Bayern Munich - this expert guide reveals how sports science ensures the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale deliver super-star performances every time. A brilliant combination of locker-room secrets and practical advice, this is a book that will interest both players and fans.
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  • Dottir

    Katrin Davidsdottir

    Product Code: BYYEZ
    Hardback
    Dottir is two-time consecutive CrossFit Games Champion Katrin Davidsdottir's inspiring and poignant memoir. As one of only two women in history to have won the title of "Fittest Woman on Earth" twice, Davidsdottir knows all about the importance of mental and physical strength. She won the title in 2015, backing it up with a second win in 2016, after starting CrossFit in just 2011. A gymnast as a youth, Davidsdottir wanted to try new challenges and found a love of CrossFit. But it hasn't been a smooth rise to the top. In 2014, just one year before taking home the gold, she didn't qualify for the Games. She used that loss as motivation and fuel for training harder and smarter for the 2015 Games. She pushed herself and refocused her mental game. Her hard work and perseverance paid off with her return to the Games and subsequent victories in 2015 and 2016. In Dottir, Davidsdottir shares her journey with readers. She details her focus on training, goal setting, nutrition, and mental toughness.
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