Monday, 4 February 2019
Inneragility has been running since 2017. However we've only recently had the opportunity to develop a web site and move our plans forward. The web site will be our new platform to base these on.
When I starting blogging Blogger was one of the first platforms available for people wishing to blog without having to create a dedicated web site. I've found it an easy way to get started and would recommend it to anyone starting out. After publishing over 500 blogs here it's time for me to move on to our new site. I'll leave the blogs up for reference.
Thank you blogger and goodbye, my future blogs will be at inneragility.co.uk.
Wednesday, 16 January 2019
This new competition has been designed to give agility handlers in the UK an opportunity to compete on FCI style courses, judged under FCI rules at KC Premier shows.
The primary reason for introducing the tour has been on the back of feedback I've received every year from team members following an international competition...
Wednesday, 2 January 2019
Saturday, 22 December 2018
2018 has been a mixed year, with exciting highlights and sad times. Our lives move on and hopefully we become a bit wiser and more thoughtful.
One topic that I’ve felt quite moved by this year is the amount of homelessness I see as I travel about the county. In cities like Glasgow and Reading it’s shocking. I’ve noticed it more than ever this year.
With this upsetting situation in mind, Karen and I are donating to Crisis this Christmas, rather than spend money on cards. Hopefully it will give someone a more comfortable Xmas and possibly a new start.
I’d like to thank everyone involved with agility team GB this year, especially the two coaching teams including the support we receive from the Kennel Club. This team work hard all year to deliver professional support to the handlers and of course their dogs.
I wish all my family, friends and blog readers a great Xmas and a happy and relaxing New Year.
Saturday, 24 November 2018
Announcing the Agility Team GB squad is exciting news for some handlers and understandably disappointment for others.
Being called up for the national squad is a huge achievement. It takes a lot of commitment and dedication to win points at top level competitions in the UK and to maintain a high level of performance; plus the competition increases each year.
50 dogs and handlers have been invited onto this years squad. This is a large squad, although a similar number to the last few years. Approximately 10% will drop-out due to many reasons along the way which is natural and others on the Development Programme maybe there for the longer term.
The handlers on this years squad experience a combination of training, education and practice over the winter aimed at preparing them for the Performance Weekend in April (5 - 7).
Anyone who didn’t get called up this year but are interested in international competition, then my advice is to book into the PW; you never know, you maybe spotted for development for the 2020 squad. which will be a historic year in the agility diary as the UK host our first European Open.
Monday, 12 November 2018
I like the idea and functionality of this App and was happy to support it with a blog on goal setting.
I hope you enjoy.
Mark Laker's blog on goal setting
Thursday, 1 November 2018
Looking back at our performance has become more interesting with the increasing array of data available. Behind the highlights the emerging picture and trends often tell a different story than the one we see in the headlines.
One consistent comment I heard this year was: 'This is a completely different sport to the one we play at home'. We all compete with dogs, we share the same scoring system, a part from that everything else is a variation on a theme.
Different equipment specs; different surfaces; different rules; different ring size; I could go on. How we better prepare ourselves for these differences in the future was one topic dominating the Planning Day conversations.
Improving our performance is at the heart of everything we do in the Coaching Team. We are constantly looking to shave fractions of a second off each run. We're looking for ways to increase our clear round rate and gain the competitive edge; It's an ongoing focused endeavour.
Having data to support this focus helps...albeit if it's shining a spot light on information that's hard to acknowledge.
With all the enthusiasm and change in our sport, one necessity remains today as it did when the sport started at Crufts in 1978. You still need to go clear to stand any chance of winning a trophy.