From the boy in the future (Braidwood, NSW)

Keith Lyons @520507

When I was in primary school (the 1950s!) we had a favourite book, First Aid in English. One of the tests was to try to write appropriate sentences. One I remember very well was the question what is wrong with the following sentence? (It was about a teacher in a classroom.) “Whenever I open my mouth some fool speaks.”

I did volunteer the idea of a Friday Letter from Abbotstown and so I have asked Alan if it was OK for me to write the first one.

I was excited by the amount of volunteers we had to write the letter. This was the queue earlier today

I did want to write to you so I think I am somewhere to the left of this queue.

I have been reflecting on our day yesterday and thinking how fortunate I was to spend some time with you. There was so much knowledge in the room and I thought that if this could be connected then Ireland would be very fortunate.

This is a remarkable time in coaching and analysis. We are having to learn new words and to continue our learning we have to engage with them, I think. I see my role, and certainly that of Alan, Denise and Johnny, as to help with this.

One way I do it is to aggregate new stuff.

On Twitter, I use #cssia17 to keep a record of readings, videos and other media.

I use a platform called Storify to provide a weekly summary of these resources. So if you are busy, rather than keep an eye on Twitter you can check each Friday for the summary.

I try to keep an eye on other analytics stories too and I collect these on something called Scoop.It.

I collect all these links in case anyone might be interested but they serve as my own digital record library.

As I mentioned yesterday, this is a daily routine for me. I use whatever I find to update a wiki I am keeping for Sport Informatics and Analytics.

I love sharing and love writing letters. I understand that no one is obliged to read or reply but hope that you know that there is someone out there thinking about you and very keen to walk with you wherever your personal learning journey is taking you.

It is a small world

My very best wishes


Photo Credits

Abbotstown House

Farranfore Maine Valley AC

The Small Blacks (Nicolas, CC BY-NC 2.0)

Author: Keith Lyons‏

I have had the good fortune to be involved in rugby union from the 1970s. After retiring from playing in Wales and in England, I coached student rugby in England. I have also coached lacrosse and canoe slalom. I was a national coach for canoe slalom in Wales from 1998 to 2002. I was fortunate to be at the start of the use of video in sport and in the 1980s developed an interest in the observation and analysis of sport. In the 1990s I was performance analyst for the Welsh Rugby Union. I started the Centre for Notational Analysis in Cardiff in 1992. This later became the Centre for Performance Analysis in 1997.

I moved to Australia in 2002 to be the founding coordinator of Performance Analysis at the Australian Institute of Sport. I moved to the University of Canberra in 2009 as the founding director of the Institute of Sport Studies. I have had a link with the University to the present. I am a Fellow in Teaching and Learning and an Adjunct Professor in Sport Studies.

Since 2013, I have been involved in a critical friend project with the Rugby Football Union and the England and Wales Cricket Board. There are twenty-three high performance coaches in the project (11 rugby, 12 cricket). The aim of the project is to support each coach’s flourishing and wherever possible to connect coaches with shared interests.