The Value of the Sporting Narrative

What value do stories play in sport? Making sense of the sporting narrative and being able to translate and challenge these ideas in our coaching is a critical part of player development.

Tradition plays a huge part in the systems with which we operate as coaches. Breaking the norm and creating a new narrative can be a catalyst for change. Joining us for this intriguing conversation will be Al Smith, Co-founder of myfastestmile.

This is a LIVE & FREE Masterclass Discussion, so book your place, join the conversation and ask your questions.

Regular Player Development Hosts Dave Wright & James Vaughan will host Al in a fascinating discussion which will reflect and challenge the systems we work within, the challenge of removing ego from your approach and the  importance of stories as a means of sense making and building relational value in complex human systems.

About Al Smith

Before founding myfastestmile, Al spent 14 years in the UK Sport World Class system supporting the performance development of a range of GB Olympic sports. Following two Olympic cycles developing a sports science support programme with the GB Rowing Team, Al spent the London Olympic cycle as a cross-sport training science consultant with the UK Sport Research and Innovation Team before moving into a system wide role supporting Olympic and Paralympic sports with the development of their performance pathways for future champions. Al now works as a co-creator at myfastestmile, supporting performers, coaches and organisations in the development of performance systems that help people be their best.

Al Smith

James Vaughan

Dave Wright

Adam Wright


The Player Development Project is changing the way players and parents think about football. We’re going to have a generation of young players who are psychologically prepared for high level football, and life.

The Player Development Project brings knowledge, expertise and the latest research to the global coaching community. This movement can only enhance coach education and improve outcomes on the training pitch, helping coaches develop better players.