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THE SCIENCE

THE BRAIN WORKS BEST WHEN IT CAN WIRE AND REWIRE ITS CIRCUITRY.

This is a massive simplification of how the brain works. The brain is a big ball of electricity and switches. When we learn we channel the electricity by building sequences of electronic switches. Everything we know is wired into the circuitry of the brain. There are two ways to build these sequences of switches. One is to wire new skills into the brain. The other is to rewire what is already wired into the brain. To perform at any level we all need both. The ability to deliver predictable outcomes and the ability to adapt to take opportunities. For example, the player who invented basketball rewired skills of running and throwing a ball. They then helped others wire the rules of basketball into their brain. Scientists, inventors, explorers, disruptors, innovators, all wire the basics into the brain and step beyond this wiring to find ways to rewire what is wired. Then they help others wire what is found. As we age we can lose the ability to wire new skills. We can rewire the brain throughout our lives.

 
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WE ARE TOGETHER

​When sports are played to help everyone maintain the ability of the brain to rewire itself ... sports play a bigger role in building agile, inclusive, kind communities that change lives.

Levels of unkindness that often stem from an inability to rewire the brain are reduce as the ability to rewire increases. People who meet at our events maintain their ability to rewire the brain outside of our events. Kindness spreads and lasts.

A warm welcome is guaranteed. We are open to everyone. Players of no clubs or all clubs. We don’t run teams or squads. We are a club of clubs if you like. Every session is “pay as you go”. We have a “pay it forward” option so that those with more money pay for those who don’t. And we never let money stop someone from coming. There are always free tickets. ​We have sessions in St Albans, Hemel Hempstead, and Watford.

And overview of why we do what we do is on our homepage.

Please scroll down have a look at some frequently asked questions and /or contact us. We are always happy to chat

 

SECTION 2: QUESTIONS PLAYERS ASK

HOW DOES THE ABILITY TO THINK ON MY FEET TO ADAPT HELP ME TO WIN?

In the heat of intense competition, the best of the best often make great calls on when to trust the wiring of the brain and do what they know works for a predictable outcome. And when to trust their ability to rewire and experiment to find another way because the opposite is stopping predictable play. Many world champions of many sports win because they got this judgment right in pivotal moments of a very competitive game. You will be a better competitor when you have the ability to wire skills for predictable outcomes, rewire to adapt, and good judgement on when to switch between the two.

HOW DOES THE ABILITY TO REWIRE MY BRAIN HELP ME IMPROVE?

If we assume we have access to the best sports coaches, access to the best facilities, the best physios, and we have lots of time to practice, practice, practice, we will improve our ability to wire the skills into the brain and to deliver the predictable outcome our sports coaches want. But this was not enough for Kobe or Jordan, or other world champions of many different sports. They all needed the ability to adapt, to rewire their brains when their predictable skills were not enough. Yes, some players can rely on superior athletic ability to move through various sports performance pathways but they will always get to a point where being able to deliver predictable outcomes will no longer be enough to win. We all need to adapt to grow by rewiring what others have helped us to wire into the brain.

WHY DON'T WE KEEP THE SCORE?

Everything we know is wired into the circuitry of the brain. Rewiring what we know requires stepping beyond what we know and doing things before they make sense and before we know how to do them. We have found that when we keep the score players tend to always do what they know works. They tend to experiment less. So we don’t keep the score. The quest to rewire the brain means players still try hard, but less to win, more to experience to find other ways to play. To maintain the brain's ability to rewire itself.

DO I NEED TO WIRE MY BRAIN BEFORE YOU CAN HELP ME GET BETTER BY REWIRING?

Not necessarily. Some players prefer to wire new skills into the brain before we show them how to rewire. Others prefer to wire new skills with their club sports coaches and in parallel come to our sessions to personalise and rewire. Some players are so gifted at rewiring the brain they learn best when they are given just enough wiring to allow them to start to rewire through the flow and joy of curious creativity. It all depends on the player.

CAN EVERYONE REWIRE THE BRAIN?

Well yes, it is how the brain works best. Although the brain's ability to rewire itself reduces over the years it’s doesn’t go completely. But, it is possible to hardwire what is in the brain to the point where we reject everything that doesn't make sense to us. We reject everything we can't understand. This stops us from seeing opportunities to rewire the brain.

WHY CAN'T I USE MY SUPERIOR ATHLETIC ABILITIES?

You can but at other clubs. Not ours. If you solely rely on being bigger, faster, stronger, and better than opponents you will lose every time you come against someone who is bigger, faster, stronger, and better than yourself. Our coaches help you to develop the "Think Power" to beat players who are better than yourself by learning how to think your way past, not power your way past all players of all abilities. If Michael Jordon and the Chicago Bulls had to maintain “Think Power” we are pretty sure we all do.

HOW DO I JOIN?

You pick a session and turn up and play. We don’t run trials, squads, or teams because we want to create an ever-changing environment that encourages everyone to modify and reconfigure the circuitry of the brain. Having different players each week helps with this.

CAN YOU HELP ME WITH MY MENTAL HEALTH?

We are not mental health experts. What we do is help people use the brain the way science says is the best way. The increased ability to modifying and reconfigure the circuitry of the brain makes it easier for us to adapt ways of thinking that are not working for us. This gives us all the potential to use difficult and dark times to grow. We are confident that helps us avoiding becoming mentally ill.

I KNOW MY BODY IS SLOWING DOWN BUT I WANT TO KEEP PLAYING SPORT. CAN YOU HELP?

Yes. Getting old is as an opportunity to rely less on our ability to force or overpower what is in our way and instead use our brains to think of other ways. The brain doesn't slow.

AM I TOO OLD TO REWIRE MY BRAIN?

Although the brain's ability to rewire itself reduces over the years it’s doesn’t go completely.  Even when we have hardwired large parts of the brain there are always other parts we can rewire. Even if parts of the brain are shutting down we can rewire other parts. The brain is amazing.

CAN YOU HELP ME WITH MY ANGER?

It is our experience that anger can often come from a place of believing we are stuck as we are now and we hate being as we are now. The more we believe we can rewire the brain the less we feel stuck as we are now. The less angry we feel because we know we can adapt to find a way forward.

 

SECTION 3: QUESTIONS WE ARE ASKED ABOUT COMMUNITY

HOW DOES AN AGILE COMMUNITY LIFT PERFORMANCE?

In an agile community, everyone will connect and flow around challenges. They will adapt to take opportunities. They will adapt social structures so people are included. A more structured and well-planned community will be predictable. They will push through challenges or fail. They take opportunities if they fit what they do. They will reject people who don't fit in. And, because change is one of life's few certainties it is a matter of time before the resistance to change makes them obsolete.

COMPETITION IS ABOUT DOMINATING THE OPPOSITION, HOW CAN THAT HELP BUILD KIND COMMUNITIES?

When coaching is limited to always practicing the coach's instructions training can get boring. To motivate players coaches often inflate the importance of winning. This can break the link between competing and self-improvement and this makes players bad competitors. The late Kobe Bryant, one of the most competitive players ever explains the link using his Mamba Mentally. The mamba mindset uses winning and losing to find ways to step beyond what we know we can do to look for new ways to be better. Winning is a way of measuring his ability to step beyond what he knew he could do. Competing and self-improvement are linked. If that link is broken it becomes about winning for the sake of winning. We get angry at those who stop us from winning. We give up when we lose. Self-improvement stops. We become losers. The way sport is coached limits the role sports and games can play in building kind communities.

WHY IS AN AGILE COMMUNITY MORE INCLUSIVE THAN A MORE INFLEXIBLE COMMUNITY?

Agile communities are more inclusive because everyone adapts to each other’s needs. Someone who is different gives everyone else an opportunity to step beyond their current wiring and see potential ways to rewire the brain. Adapting and changing is what is done. It's in the DNA of the community.

WHEN I GO TO A COMMUNITY SPORTING EVENT THERE ARE ALWAYS PEOPLE WHO TAKE IT TOO SERIOUSLY AND IT TAKES THE FUN OUT OF IT AND I STOP GOING. DO YOU STOP THIS?

Yes. We have direct experience of this happening in swimming, basketball, netball, walking basketball, walking football. Pickleball. You name it. We stop this by having coaches run sessions for fun, fitness, and kindness, for everyone to get lost in the creative curiosity of it all. Yes, it’s true the over competitive don’t like this, but they can go and play somewhere else. The funny thing is that how we coach is copied from the best competitors who have lived.

HOW DO YOU BUILD AGILE INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES?

We build agile inclusive communities that make a difference by using sports, arts, and travel to lift everyone's ability to rewire the brain. To be more agile. More able to adapt.

 
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POINT OF DIFFERENCE

Our coaches are mainly taught how to help everyone develop new skills by rewiring their current skills

 
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​By watching scientists unravel the mysteries of the brain, we have unearthed an aspect of the brain that is little utilised by those who coach sports and physical activities.

The science says we all learn by wiring and rewiring the brain. Wiring new skills into the brain and is a process of narrowing on to what is required and practicing it. It’s doing as instructed to do as others do. Rewiring skills is a process of personalising what is wired. It's seeing a bigger picture and trying other ways. We don't necessarily know that those ways will work but we evaluate and see where they take us. It's thinking on our feet learning as we go and teaching ourselves by rewiring skills we already have.

Science says wiring and rewiring the brain is the best way to grow the brain.​

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WELCOME

THERE IS ROOM FOR OTHER WAYS TO IMPROVE AT SPORTS & PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES

HERE IS OUR DIFFERENT WAY


If we take the science of the brain it is clear that the brain is a big ball of electricity with billions of switches. It works by wiring and rewiring its circuitry. 


Wiring is typically achieved by us doing what someone who knows more than we do telling us the correct way. They correct our mistakes until we correctly wire new skills into the circuitry of our brain. 


Sports coaching is dominated by approaches based on wiring new skills into the brain. This stops players from improving by rewiring what is wired.


The absence of rewiring makes everyone wire the same things. Those who struggle to wire the same skills are then labelled as disrespectful, disruptive, not good enough. It's always the fault of players.


We change this by providing an alternative way to improve at sports that helps players rewire what is wired. Rewiring requires us to step beyond the edges of what is wired. To think on our feet as we do things before we know what will happen. To get lost in the connected flow of creative curiosity as we play for fun, fitness, and kindness. 

It works from beginner to pro and for all ages. Sessions go at the speed of the players. Everyone quickly improves because it is easier to adapt what we can already do than learn to do a new skill without thinking.  

We all need to wire and rewire the brain. With us, we can now all do both.

Pick a sport, pick a session and come on down. 

Below is our help centre. We have bite-size videos, some text-based slides, and answers to some frequently asked questions. At the end you can ask any questions.

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WELCOME

THERE IS ROOM FOR OTHER WAYS TO IMPROVE AT SPORTS & PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES

HERE IS OUR DIFFERENT WAY

When we see the brain as a big ball of billions of electric switches that we flick on and off as we learn it is possible to see that there are two ways for us to acquire new skills. The first is to programme or wire new sequences or circuits of electric switches. The other is to rewire what is already wired. We all need the ability to learn by wiring and rewiring the brain.

When we wire new skills we repeat what we need to do. We succeed by making fewer mistakes. We want and need coaches to correct our mistakes. With the wired way as the correct way ... improving by rewiring is to deliberately make mistakes, deliberately deviate from what is wired, to find new ways to improve.  


The bad news is the ability to wire new skills goes down with age. The good news is that the ability to improve by rewiring stays with us our entire lives. Provided we keep rewiring to improve.

Sports coaching is dominated by approaches based on wiring new skills into the brain. We can all get to a point where we no longer want anyone to correct our mistakes. But, if we always do what is wired ... we will always do what is wired.  The absence of rewiring makes everyone wire the same things. When we struggle to wire the same skills we can be labelled as disrespectful, disruptive, not good enough, and we can give up. We can disengage from sports and physical activities determined to never let others correct our mistakes again.


Our coaches help everyone to use sports and physical activities to maintain their brains ability to rewire itself. It reengages everyone with the idea they can improve by making mistakes. It works from beginner to pro and for all ages. Sessions go at the speed of the players. Everyone quickly improves because it is easier to adapt what we can already do than learn to do a new skill without thinking.  

​Pick a sport, pick a session and come on down. 

Below is our help centre. We have bite-size videos, some text-based slides, and answers to some frequently asked questions. At the end you can ask any questions.

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REWIRING WHAT IS WIRED REQUIRES US TO GET LOST IN THE CREATIVE CURIOSITY OF LIFE

What we know is wired into the circuitry of the brain. We see what is wired. To rewire we need to be able to see beyond the edges of what is wired to find other ways to try. To think on our feet as we do things before they make sense. Before we understand how. To get lost in the creative curiosity of it all.

We need to be able to navigate dynamic, disruptive, ever-changing environments without trying to order and plan and instead see, feel, connect and flow through it. 

Rewiring requires us to step back from what is wired and see a bigger picture of what is beyond the edges of what is wired. Only then can we see different ways.

We understand what is wired. Rewiring requires us to try things before they make sense and before we understand how to do it and being good at thinking on our feet and seeing where it takes us.

Being good at thinking on our feet is creating micro-pauses in which to make micro-decisions that switch between the narrow and the bigger picture, the mechanical and the flowing, the known and the imagined, the selfless and the selfish and build their own unique unplanned sequences of micro-decisions that use the whole brain.

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LIFE SKILLS

TO REWIRE WHAT IS WIRED

Our coaches help everyone to use sports and physical activities to step beyond the edges of what they know by thinking on their feet to connect and flow in creative curiosity as they co-create something they have never done before. They do this by helping everyone to...  

  • Navigate dynamic, disruptive, ever-changing environments without trying to order and plan and instead see, feel, connect and flow through it. 

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  • Step back and see a bigger picture of what is going on around them.

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  • Try things before they know what will happen and see where it goes.

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  • Be good at creating micro-pauses in which to make micro-decisions that switch between the narrow and the bigger picture, the mechanical and the flowing, the known and the imagined, the selfless and the selfish and build their own unique unplanned sequences of micro-decisions that use the whole brain.

 
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WELCOME

THERE IS ROOM FOR OTHER WAYS TO IMPROVE AT SPORTS & PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES

HERE IS OUR DIFFERENT WAY


When we see the brain as a big ball of billions of electric switches that we flick on and off as we learn it is possible to see that there are two ways for us to acquire new skills. The first is to programme or wire new sequences or circuits of electric switches. The other is to rewire what is already wired. We all need the ability to learn by wiring and rewiring the brain.


The bad news is the ability to wire new skills goes down with age. The good news is that the ability to improve by rewiring stays with us our entire lives. Provided we keep rewiring to improve.

When we wire new skills we want and need coaches to correct our mistakes to master a defined and known skill. When we improve by rewiring we deliberately deviate from what is wired, to find new ways to improve that we can't yet see.

When we only wire new skills we tend to only see what is broken and what needs to be corrected. We can struggle to see that what is not working is also an opportunity to find others ways to improve.

Our coaches help everyone to improve at sports and other physical activities by rewiring what is wired. It reengages everyone with the idea we can and should deviate from what we think is the correct way. We can all adapt what we do to find other ways to improve that we can't yet see. It works from beginner to pro and for all ages. Sessions go at the speed of the players. Everyone quickly improves because it is easier to adapt what we can already do than learn to do a new skill. Especially as we get older.

​Pick a sport, pick a session and come on down. 

Below is our help centre. We have bite-size videos, some text-based slides, and answers to some frequently asked questions. At the end you can ask any questions.

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SCIENCE INDICATES THAT THE ABILITY TO WIRE NEW SKILLS INTO THE CIRCUITRY OF THE BRAIN REDUCES AS WE GET OLDER


AND THE ABILITY TO ADD SKILLS BY REWIRING STAYS WITH US OUR ENTIRE LIVES, AS LONG AS WE PRACTICE IT

IF WE DON'T PRACTICE 

REWIRING WE CAN BECOME TRAPPED IN OUR CURRENT WIRING

If we don't maintain our ability to rewire what is wired we can wire ourselves to think we know all we need to know. We can wrongly think we have reached our potential. We can think there is no value in what doesn’t make sense, no value in what we don’t understand. No value in those who are different from ourselves. We can be unkind.  Maintaining the ability of the brain to rewire itself could be the most important life skill of the 21st century. This is why we provide opportunities for everyone to practice rewiring their brain. This is why we are called Lifeskills21.club

 
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ABOUT US

The latest science says the brain works best when it can wire new skills into its circuitry and rewire what is wired. 


The ability to wire new skills reduces as we get older. The ability to add skills by rewiring stays with us our entire lives, as long as we practice it.


Wiring new skills into the brain is a process of narrowing on to what is required and practicing it. It’s doing as instructed to do as others do. Rewiring skills is a process of personalising what is wired. It's seeing a bigger picture and trying other ways. We don't necessarily know that those ways will work but we evaluate and see where they take us. It's thinking outside the box. Thinking on our feet learning as we go.

Coaches who wire are good at helping obedient young players to quickly learn a sport and good at selecting teams to implement specific strategies. Coaches who rewire are good at helping the disruptive, the creative, and those who know how to play find new ways to improve. They are also good at creating agile teams that adapt when what is wired stops working.

Here is where it goes out of balance. Sports coaches are taught how to help players wire new skills into their brains. Learning by rewiring is largely ignored. Shut down even. This limits sports coaches to helping the obedient young. 


We address this by providing coaches who are trained to help players rewire what is wired. Rewiring is where it gets exciting for us all. All ages. All abilities. It's where we step beyond what is wired to do more than is wired. It is how we add to what we can do. It's personalising what others have wired to make it work better for our unique self. It's how we make our potential exponential. 


When rewiring coaching connects to wiring coaching everyone gets to use the brain the way science says is the best way.


More background is below.

 

THE SCIENCE OF THE BRAIN IN MINUTE

The latest science says the brain works best when it can wire new skills into its the circuitry and rewire what is wired.

 

HOW WE WIRE AND REWIRE

Wiring new skills into the brain is a process of narrowing on to what is required and practicing it. It’s doing as instructed to do as others do. Rewiring skills is a process of personalising what is wired. It's seeing a bigger picture and trying other ways. We don't necessarily know that those ways will work but we evaluate and see where they take us. It's thinking outside the box. Thinking on our feet learning as we go.

 

IF WE LOSE THE ABILITY TO REWIRE

If we don't maintain our ability to rewire what is wired we can wire ourselves to think we know all we need to know. We can wrongly think we have reached our potential.

 

IMPACT OF AGE

The ability to wire new skills reduces as we get older. The ability to add skills by rewiring stays with us our entire lives, as long as we practice it.

 

DO THE YOUNG NEED TO WIRE BEFORE THEY REWIRE

We all need wiring and rewiring to differing levels at different times of our lives. For example, some of us need to reach our potential to wire new skills before we start rewiring. Others need just enough wiring to get at rewiring. It’s based on individual preferences.


To make this real, we have players who have had years of wiring how to play their sport and a switch to rewiring helped them discover new ways to improve that they didn’t know was there. Equally, we have young players who rewire how to catch a ball into basketball.

 

WHEN REWIRING HELPS OLDER PLAYERS

Rewiring helps players draw on what their bodies can do today. 


Ambitious young players rewire to play at a higher level than their wired skills allow.


Professional teams can rewire to find ways to improve that they can't see now. 

 

DOES REWIRING HELP WITH MENTAL HEALTH?

A rewiring coach is not trained in mental health. They are not trained to help someone fix their brain if it is not working as well as it should. But we do know that the ability to rewire does help the brain perform in the way science says it works best. A good brain is more likely to find a way to recover from mental illness.

 
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WELCOME

THERE IS ROOM FOR OTHER WAYS TO IMPROVE AT SPORTS & PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES

HERE IS OUR DIFFERENT WAY


Yes, we improve by coaches correcting our mistakes to master a defined skill. It's not the only way. A different way is to think on our feet as we do things before we know what will happen to find new ways to improve that we can't yet see.

Our coaches help everyone to be good at thinking on their feet as they navigate dynamic, disruptive, ever-changing environments without trying to order and plan and instead see, feel, connect and flow through it. ​


Our coaches help everyone to be good at thinking on their feet as they create micro-pauses in which to make micro-decisions that switch between the narrow and the bigger picture, the mechanical and the flowing, the known and the imagined, the selfless and the selfish and build their own unique unplanned sequences of micro-decisions that use the whole brain.​

It works from beginner to pro and for all ages. Sessions go at the speed of the players. Everyone quickly improves because it is easier to adapt what we can already do than learn to do a new skill. Especially as we get older.

​Pick a sport, pick a session and come on down. 

Below is our help centre. We have bite-size videos, some text-based slides, and answers to some frequently asked questions. At the end you can ask any questions.

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TO GROW A GOOD BRAIN

In the heat of intense competition, the best of the best often make great calls on when to trust their predictable skills to deliver a predictable outcome. And when to do the unpredictable by thinking on their feet as they do something before they know what will happen, often when the competition is stopping the predictable from working. Many world champions of many sports win because they got this judgment right in pivotal moments.  The best of the best know that having athletic and technical superiority is not always enough to meet all challenges over an extended time period. This is why they keep looking beyond the edges of what they know.

The Late Kobe Bryant called it his Mamba Mentality. 

Michael Jordan called it “think power”.

To grow a good brain we all need the discipline to correct mistakes to master known skills. And the life skills to think on our feet as we step beyond the edges of what we know and do things before we know what will happen to find ways to improve that we can't currently see.

 
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WELCOME

THERE IS ROOM FOR OTHER WAYS TO IMPROVE AT SPORTS & PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES

HERE IS OUR DIFFERENT WAY


The dominant way to improve is for coaches to correct mistakes to master a defined skill. It's not the only way. 


The opposite of teaching to master known skills is growing the life skills to think on our feet as we do something before we know what will happen to find improvement we can’t currently see. It involves the ability to navigate dynamic, disruptive, ever-changing environments without trying to order and plan and instead see, feel, connect and flow through it. The ability to create micro-pauses in which to make micro-decisions that switch between the narrow and the bigger picture, the mechanical and the flowing, the known and the imagined, the selfless and the selfish and build their own unique unplanned sequences of micro-decisions that use the whole brain.

Our coaches help everyone step beyond a reliance on others to correct their mistakes and think on their feet as they do things before they know what will happen ... to find ways to improve that they can't currently see.

It works from beginner to pro and for all ages. Sessions go at the speed of the players. Everyone quickly improves because it is easier to adapt what we can already do than learn to do a new skill. Especially as we get older.

​Pick a sport, pick a session and come on down. 

Below are some answers to some frequently asked questions. At the end you are welcome to us any questions.

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