Thursday, 23 April 2015

Critical Thinking and Our Children's Need for Deep Practice


A visit to Baldi Middle School, located in an economically challenged neighborhood in Philadelphia, is a lesson in education that works. That's because all of Baldi's 1,200 students are engaged, empowered and energized.

The school's leadership, with support from parents and the community, has instilled a high-performing culture characterized by three traits: The children feel attached to their school's mission; the environment supports productivity and performance; and students are energized to sustain accelerated effort over time.  Read more...

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Overcoming Poverty’s Damage to Learning


In the weeks after 9/11, Pamela Cantor, a child psychiatrist specializing in trauma, was enlisted by the New York City Board of Education to lead a team studying the impact of the attacks on the city’s public school children.

What the researchers discovered surprised them. Many children in city schools exhibited symptoms of trauma — but the problems weren’t clearly attributable to 9/11 nor were they clustered near Ground Zero. Such symptoms were, however, concentrated in schools serving the city’s poorest children. And the students’ sense of threat or insecurity stemmed not so much from terrorism as from exposure to violence, inadequate housing, sudden family loss, parents with depression or addictions, and so forth.

“One-fifth of children met criteria for a full-blown psychiatric disorder, and 68 percent of kids had been exposed to a prior trauma sufficient to impair their functioning in school,” said Cantor. Read More...

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

We're back and this video is a MUST WATCH!

We're back in action and I apologize to everyone for the down time but things have been extremely busy as we have been working so hard with the development of Apex IFC. Posting will take place more frequently as our staff at Apex IFC will be collectively sharing material to make sure that we cover a number of topics around coaching, football, and player development.

To get us going again, I wanted to share a short video with you that I feel sheds great light on what makes a top level athlete - and yes, it's more than just skill, have a watch.

High school athletes, parents of high school athletes, maybe the best 3 minutes you could hear! Listen closely, guys and matter what sport you play!
Posted by Blair Hubbard on Friday, April 3, 2015

Monday, 11 August 2014

You'll want to check these out...

Hey everyone, 

Glad to see that many of you are still checking in, haven't had a chance to post in a while as it's been a crazy last few months with so much on the go.  Will be coming at you with new posts soon to update you on some very interesting events and the latest in player training and development.  

In the meantime remember this guy? 

Well we at Apex IFC have brought him to Ontario and he'll be presenting a few coaching clinics that you won't want to miss. Check out all the details here and I hope you can make it!


P.S. If you're looking for Part 2 here it is!

Monday, 19 May 2014

The next generation

Before heading back to school on Monday, it was the Gulu United youth who took to the field at St. Joseph’s College on Saturday.

With a number of the region’s top U12 and U14 players at a competition in Lira, just over 40 players joined the Gulu United coaches and Victor Satei for a session that focused on individual skills and plenty of time on the ball.  See more here!

Gulu United not too cool for school

This morning, it was back to the classroom for the Gulu United coaches.

After meandering through a few technical glitches, we were finally able to run our first classroom session, with Victor Satei and the Apex Football philosophy leading the way.  Check out more here.

Gulu United, the day in pictures

It was another great day with the Gulu United coaches and players on the pitch at St. Joseph’s College of Layibi. From coach training to player development to planning for the weeks and months ahead, there was lots happening under the hot sun on Wednesday.  Click here to see more!