Al hosted a live remote podcast for Barnes Film Festival in June with the founder of Vue Cinemas, Tim Richards. They discussed his previous career as a Wall Street Lawyer, the qualities of a successful entrepreneur and the importance of cinema in the digital age.
This week Al chats to rugby coach Warren Abrahams. Originally from South Africa, Warren began a rugby career before focusing on coaching in the UK. Since then he has coached for London Irish, Harlequins and England Sevens to name a few. They spoke about Warrens childhood, growing up during the apartheid in South Africa, and how personal experiences had major influences on his coaching technique.
Al spoke to Parenting Coach & Baptist Church Minister Richard Shorter. Richard is the founder of Non-Perfect Dad, where he pulls on 20+ years of working with families to provide quality coaching for parents. He has previously provided coaching for sports teams such as Manchester United, Saracens, Bath & England Rugby to name a few, as well as independent schools and local authorities. Being a parent of 3, Richard discussed how techniques such as setting clear boundaries, constant evaluation and 2-way communication have helped him navigate parenthood.
Earlier in the year, Al spoke to Mary McBain, who wrote and starred in the BAFTA-nominated short film, Spaghetti, which sheds light on the importance of consent. Shot by an all-female crew in 2019, the piece cleverly uses dark comedy and food as an analogy to explore the sensitive topic. Mary and Al discussed the current state of sex education in schools, dating in a digital age and the importance of communication and consent.
Back in February, Al sat down with performance coach educator and The Magic Academy founder, Russell Earnshaw. Having studied at Cambridge University, played Premiership rugby with Bath, and winning the European Cup, he turned his attention to coaching, for both Commonwealth Games and World Cups. He founded The Magic Academy in 2018 to provide sports coaches with mentoring, coaching leadership and supporting team development. They spoke about helping younger generations build crucial life skills, such as creativity, awareness, decision-making and more.
This week, Al had a call with Lee Parkinson, AKA Mr P - Teacher, & co-host of 2Ps in a Pod - the most popular education podcast in the UK, with 300k followers. Lee has been teaching at Davyhulme Primary in Manchester for 12 years. Alongside his teaching, he became an Apple Distinguished Educator, using technology to transform learning. He puts pedagogy at the heart of everything he does & aims to get more schools working ‘smarter, not harder.’ They discussed the growing role of technology in education & how it can be used effectively in education.
Golden Nuggets: Episode 2 – Lawrence Dallaglio OBE
Al chats to Lawrence Dallaglio about the purpose of being selfless and your impact on society. Lawrence is one of Englands most celebrated rugby players. After retiring from the game having won both the Rugby World Cup and Sevens World Cup, 85 caps for England and countless other achievements, he is now a BT Sports presenter and founder of Rugby Works, a long-term skills development charity based on rugby, aiming to get teenagers into sustained education, employment or training. Lawrence spoke to Al about his Italian upbringing, family values, his rugby career and his purpose, demonstrated through his charitable actions.
During the midst of the Coronavirus lockdown, Al gave Stuart Lancaster a call to chat about his life, career and what it takes to become a leader.
Stuart Lancaster is currently working at Leinster rugby club as a professional 1XV rugby coach. He was England Head Rugby Coach between 2011-2015. He also runs leadership courses through udemy.com, regularly presents on webinars and provides free resources on LinkedIn.