|CONSULTANCY - POLICY REVIEW - FEASIBILITY STUDY/TEST - HEALTH CHECK YOUR CLUB - HISTORICAL & ORIGIN ANALYSIS - PATHWAY CREATION - VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT - WHY AMBIDIDDLEMOUS? - CONTACT - ABOUT ME|
|I could write page upon page of why you should employ me as a consultant, even then you might not find the service you require. You will know exactly what you want to achieve and I hope I am in a position to help. I think the best way forward for us both is a chat on the phone or an exchange of emails so we can both get an idea if I'm the man for the job. CLICK HERE TO CONTACT ME|
Representing your country at a sport can often
be regarded as the pinnacle of a sportsman's career. I've represented Wales at 6 different sports
(cyclo cross, triathlon, mountain biking, mountain running,
duathlon and marathon kayaking) and won a world
championship at another, quadrathlon (swimming, kayaking, cycling and
running). I've played
an important part in my local sports community in administration,
event organisation, coaching clubs and individuals. There are a significant number of business and social development life
experiences that I can draw on as a consultant. I love
working with kids and have four myself, all grown up now, three of
these have represented Wales, two are double internationals, two
have a PhD and one is a world white water rafting champion.
Between myself and my children we have 11 representative
international honours at 9 different sports and two of us have won
Although my achievements are mainly sporting, I understand play and how to have fun, play is sometimes underrated and the type of play we do is important for development of not only children and young adults but of the older generations too. I have seen people in their 90s playing and having fun. Play is not about being a child, it's about being a human being and it's about the quest for fun, it's a way of forging friendships.
I am currently researching and writing a book about play and would welcome the opportunity to work with play groups, schools, colleges or organisations whose focus is on play and recreation.
I love nothing better than to roll my sleeves up and get involved with a hard working and dedicated team. I'm not in consultancy for short term gain, I'm in it for short term fun and long term satisfaction.
For more about me please visit my personal website, click on the link below.
|Quite often an organisation will commission a feasibility study for a project they believe can happen for them. This will normally incur a fee and a report from a firm of consultants. We are not those type of consultants. We believe that whilst large multi million pound projects will need this kind of study. The run of the mill local council, sports club or organisation would be better served by investing in a feasibility test, rather than a study. Our field of expertise is in creating organisations / clubs and building a structure that will serve the community it is designed for, With a feasibility study we will test your project out for you in it's early stages, communicate with the desired market, test the market and design a pathway to grow the organisation for it's intended purpose. Please - CLICK HERE TO CONTACT ME|
HEALTH CHECK YOUR CLUB
|The club is a single entity, the larger the club, the more multi-dimensional it can be, two people belonging to the same club may never cross paths, however they are both links in a series of chains or systems that make up the club, and if the link is missing or broken it can have a catastrophic effect to the performance of the club. What makes a club fit together and perform at it's optimum level is the fine tuning of individual systems of a club. We will be happy to provide a quote for a full or part system health check for your club. Please - CLICK HERE TO CONTACT ME|
PATHWAY CREATION TO SPORTING EXCELLENCE
|Every child and every adult are different however we all have similarities and with common factors we can create a pathway from a child to adult in the sporting environment. As each sport and club are different, each pathway will need to be built around the personnel and facilities of a club. Once built, the pathway can be improved and strategically fixed so that personnel can be inter-changeable and the long term future of the pathway can be secured.|
|Volunteers are the backbone of every club. We can help recruit volunteers and set up a system of volunteer management for your club.|
|Some governments have taken poor advice on how they should legislate for play. For example the Welsh Government's current play policy encourages playworkers to place children in life endangering situations and children playing with fire is top of the play curriculum. We believe that a government's play policy should cater for all children and should focus on providing them with positive play opportunities with fun and positive outcomes as an agenda, rather than learning through negative 'survival' play such as risk and fire. We are currently developing a system named 'posiplay' which will allow all children within a play environment to enjoy play. Posiplay recognises that some children (not all) will take physical risks and that teaching a child how to self risk-assess will often avoid future injuries or harm coming to that child.|
HISTORICAL & ORIGIN OF SPORT ANALYSIS
|I bought a William Webb Ellis signature at auction and wanted to know more about him. In 2015 I started a webpage about how Webb Ellis invented rugby. 12 months later I'd written a book on why Webb Ellis did not invent rugby. To do this I had to analyse the history of Rugby Football & Rugby Union and create a complete new set of rules on the origin and evolution of sport to determine how Rugby started. It was a long but enjoyable journey. If you would like a historical or origin analysis please - CLICK HERE TO CONTACT ME|
"UNDERSTANDING THE ORIGIN AND EVOLUTION OF SPORT"
Volume 1 – RUGBY UNION - by Dai Richards
“The origin of Rugby Union explained”
When Richie McCaw raised aloft the William Webb Ellis trophy after the 2015 Rugby World Cup final few people would have thought about the schoolboy after whom the trophy was named. In t his recently published book ‘Understanding the Origin and Evolution of Sport – Volume 1 – Rugby Union’ (published by Rugby Relics Ltd, ISBN 978-0-9531714-1-5) sport historian Dai Richards looks at the origin and development of sport and in particular Rugby Union. He contends that the 1897 report by the Old Rugbeian Society on the origin of rugby football which named Webb Ellis as the founder of the game was incorrect in its conclusion and the history of this sport has been misrepresented from its earliest publications to present day. In depth analysis of sport in general and painstaking research have placed the origin of Rugby Union with the boys of Rugby School at around 1780.
Published in a limited edition of 2500, each signed by the author this book is a fascinating read for anyone interested in the history of sport.
ISBN: 978-0-9531714-1-5 - Price: £25.00 + p&p
In the early 2000s while I was chairman and head coach at
Multisport Racing (Triathlon) Club I ran a Saturday evening swim session at
the Neath Leisure Centre. The last 5 minutes of each session was
always free play for the kids and the 5 minutes previous to that
we played pool games. On one of those occasions I invented a
simple game for the small children's pool where I'd shout, bottom,
top, left or right. The kids had to run in the water to the wall
corresponding to my shout, bottom was the wall closest, top was the
wall furthest away and left, right are self explanatory. One of
the older and faster kids would always win or be close to winning
the bottom and top but every time I shouted right or left he would
lose. He couldn't tell his left from his right and off the top of
my head I coined the term ambididdlemous, based on the term
ambidextrous. I had no idea if there was a word for the inability
to tell the left from the right so when I returned home I googled
it and found there wasn't. Soon after I entered ambididdlemous on
the unwords website, where it got picked up and introduced to the public by Kimi from Dundee, through
a BBC Radio Scotland programme 'Call Kaye' (with Kaye Adams).
Elaine submitted it to be entered into the Collins English language
dictionary on 18 July 2012 and it's still pending approval.
Fingers crossed it will get there in the end.
"Finally ... my affliction has a name! In future whenever anyone asks me for directions in the street I will answer "Sorry, I am unable to help you - I suffer with acute ambididdlemous syndrome" - C Farnham (from Collins Dictionary comments)
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