Where Mel Marshall & Gareth Southgate Pass Knowledge From Pool To Pitch (& Back)

Adam Peaty, of Great Britain. Can swimming teach football a trick or two? Photo by Patrick B. Kraemer

UK Sport puts leaders together in a cross-sport exchange of knowledge and cutting-edge ideas. Adam Peaty’s coach Mel Marshall is one of those who sits at the table with the man newly appointed England football manager. The swim coach is hopeful for the home of the beautiful game, saying: “He [Southgate] is constantly searching for the scenarios and situations that produce excellence. No use looking in a book for some of this stuff because by the time its published the world has moved on. The development of performance sport is fast moving. The trick is to ask what next and be at the crest of the wave. What makes someone their best, what kinds of things are available to make that happen. Gareth is someone who goes after that.”

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UK Sport puts leaders together in a cross-sport exchange of knowledge and cutting-edge ideas. Adam Peaty’s coach Mel Marshall is one of those who sits at the table with the man newly appointed England football manager. The swim coach is hopeful for the home of the beautiful game, saying: “He [Southgate] is constantly searching for the scenarios and situations that produce excellence. No use looking in a book for some of this stuff because by the time its published the world has moved on. The development of performance sport is fast moving. The trick is to ask what next and be at the crest of the wave. What makes someone their best, what kinds of things are available to make that happen. Gareth is someone who goes after that.”

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