Sports MindSHiFT


sms_logoThe complete approach to coach, leader & player development. I believe there are three critical dimensions to coaching and leading at any level of sport; knowledge, leadership and mindset. The knowledge piece is about skills, drills, fitness, structure, formation and tactics. It focuses primarily on the skills development in a player and team. It is very important part of coaching and generally what people look for in a coach. It draws on a coach’s experience, knowledge and learning of the game they are coaching, and focuses on developing a player’s skill and ability level. The other two areas that I believe are underutilized and under prioritized in developing and equipping coaches is leadership and mindset. To be the complete coach, all three are critical.

Developing coaches and leaders in sport who have a great understanding and application of these three elements is critical to the ongoing success and significance of sport around the world.  When a person develops a greater capacity to think and act more positively, transformational change, healthy team and organisational shifts, innovative thinking and cultural change will always be a natural outcome.

3_dim_coachingA coach can learn skills, knowledge and tactics from experience and through the many coaching courses available today. When you look through most coaching courses, the curriculum is 99% skills, drills, structure and tactics learning. Very little, if any at all, of the learning focuses on the other two elements of what it takes to be a great coach, leadership and mindset.

Sports MindSHiFT is focused on these two critical elements. I have coached football (soccer) for many years, with kids, young people and adults, but my success in coach and player development has been primarily due to my focus on leadership and mindset. I look to others to help me in the areas of technical, skills based coaching.

Sports MindSHiFT focuses on 6 key core competencies in both leadership and mindset, specifically relating to coaching, leading or managing sports teams. These sessions can be done individually as a once off training event, or as the complete course.


Leadership development: covering these 6 core competencies 

1/ Decision making 2/ Communication 3/ Leading Teams 4/ Strengths based teams 5/ Culture creation 6/ Conflict management

Mindset Development: covering these 6 core competencies 

1/ Behaviour awareness 2/ Thinking skills 3/ the Growth Mindset 4/ Empowered beliefs 5/ Language that leads 6/ Mental toughness

cover_squsports_mind_shift_book (click to download free pdf version)

“Sports Mind Shift is a brilliant book that makes you realise and understand how powerful your mindset can be when you use it the right way. I would recommend it to not only aspiring young athletes but also sports coaches.” Petr Sestak, Football Goalkeeping Coach. (


BBFC_logo“Sport has the potential to provide many positives influences on one’s life. This book provides a road map which will help readers find those benefits. Brett’s deep knowledge has its foundations in many years of real life experience combined with focused learnings. His insights into what makes young people tick and his easy style enable him to communicate messages to benefit all aspects of life. This is an important resource which I recommend to anyone seeking to be the best that they can be.” Peter Burgess, President Bonnet Bay FC

 Rockdale-Ilinden-Logo-Final-e1493946045403“Brett’s approach to the problem solving is enlightening and insightful, as it is delivered with simplicity and with a powerful messages reinforcing the need to develop a mindset that embraces fluid growth where meeting challenges is a good thing; belief in the concept that greater effort leads to achieving desired results; and that acceptance of constructive feedback will promote learning and growth.Paul Vergotis, Rockdale City Suns FC