On a recent school visit, I met the author Declan Gane, who has written a wonderful book, full of top tips from sports stars all about the art of leadership in sport. I was so impressed, I asked Declan if he would kindly share some of those tips with readers of my website….




CAN I BE CAPTAIN?- Introduction by the author, Declan Gane

When I was coaching my son Louis’s team I used to hear, “Can I be captain?” after every skills focus session, just before we played a training match. Loads of kids always wanted to be in charge and skipper the team. Some were naturals, but others I used to see learning, so week by week they got better and better at inspiring and motivating their teammates.

I wrote ‘So You Want To Be Captain?’ to help Louis and all of the future captains out there. It is a great little handbook for wannabe sports stars, packed full of tips from some of the best captains in the world. I’m sure Jamie Johnson has a copy tucked away inside his kit bag…


To celebrate the current Ashes 2015 series, here’s what the famous batsman Sir Geoffrey Boycott OBE has to say:

“Be your own man/woman and make your own mistakes, you cannot captain by taking advice from everyone. You choose a couple of players to discuss cricketing decisions with but then make your own mind up. Be honest with your players – don’t ‘flannel them’. Be positive and quietly confident.”

Best of luck,




 Fact File:Sir Geoff is a former Yorkshire and England cricketer who established himself as one of England’s finest opening batsmen. He began playing for his home county in 1962 and only two years later played in his first Test of the summer against Australia. Over the following 18 years he scored 8,114 runs in 108 Test matches. He was the first England cricketer to pass 8,000 Test runs and is still England’s 4th all-time run scorer. Sir Geoff captained England twice in 1978 and following his retirement in 1986 has become an often outspoken cricket commentator on both radio and television. 


Declan Gane is the author of ‘So You Want To Be Captain?’

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