Wigan Warriors' Matty Peet picks his top coaching podcasts during lockdown

Wigan’s defence coach Matty Peet is making the most of the lockdown, listening to a wide range of sports podcasts to try and look for ways to improve.
Wigan defence coach Matty PeetWigan defence coach Matty Peet
Wigan defence coach Matty Peet

He said: “We’re constantly looking for the one per centers to get better and podcasts are a great way of opening your mind and listening to how other people do things.

“Every so often I’ll hear something, maybe they’ll mention something they’ve read, and it sets me off on a different trail then and I discover something new.”

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Here, he picks out eight podcasts which he thinks aspiring coaches of any sport - or anyone with a passion for understanding the game - may learn from...

The Take Flight podcast has featured Shaun Wane and Sean O'LoughlinThe Take Flight podcast has featured Shaun Wane and Sean O'Loughlin
The Take Flight podcast has featured Shaun Wane and Sean O'Loughlin

Champion Minded - Allistair McCaw

Peet says: “This is a very good podcast, particularly about mindset, motivation and leadership. He also released a book by the same title.”

Magic Academy - John Fletcher & Russell Earnshaw

Peet says: “I met Russell at a conference a few years ago and found him very interesting, and this is probably the best podcast for coaches who are open to thinking outside of the box and creating a good learning environment.”

This podcast is recommended by Matty PeetThis podcast is recommended by Matty Peet
This podcast is recommended by Matty Peet

The Talent Equation - Stuart Armstrong

Peet says: “This is particularly relevant for any youth development coaches or anyone working within the scholarship and academy systems.”

The Rugby Coach’s Corner

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Peet says: “This fortnightly podcast is excellent, it’s just different coaches sharing their ideas and it’s good to hear how other coaches work and think about the sport.”

Leaders not Captains - Beau Robinson

Peet says: “He is a former Wallaby but he doesn’t just interview sports people, he talks to people from businesses and the military, which offer different perspectives.”

Way of Champions - John O’Sullivan

Peet says: “This has some really good content. He speaks to some of the top minds in sport and has recently dealt with different ways to cope with the lockdown.”

Mantality - Stevie Ward

Peet says: “The Leeds captain addresses issues around mental health and society, it’s very interesting. Our own Oli Gildart has recently launched a podcast but sadly the lockdown put the brakes on it, for now, after just one episode.”

Take Flight - Mark Whittle

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Peet says: “First, let me declare an interest – Mark is my cousin! But he’s done a series of great, insightful podcasts including speaking to Shaun Wane and Sean O’Loughlin – if you’ve not listened to them, they’re worth checking out.”

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