Isle of Man Sport Podcast


Launched in May 2019 the Isle of Man Sport Podcast is a series of informative and entertaining discussions covering a wide variety of sporting themes.  Guests include local sports people, coaches and administrators as well as visiting experts from further afield. 

Our inaugural episode welcomed Professor of Psychology, Author and Sports Coaching Consultant Damian Hughes, setting the bar really high from the beginning.  

Check out the episodes below and should you have any people you would like to hear on our podcast please send your suggestions to or call 688590.


Episode #9 - Manx Youth Games

Nearing its 20th year since its inception in 2002 the Manx Youth Games has had a huge impact on Manx sports culture. In this episode we hear from two gentlemen who are the brainchild of this inspirational sporting event. Gianni Epifani and Paul Bridson from Manx Sport and Recreation tell us how it all began and how it has helped to shape sport on the Isle of Man .

Episode #10 - Coming Soon!

Episode #7 - Jack Walton Liverpool County FA

Jack Walton is a regional coaching development manager with the FA. Having started out as Football Development Officer in the Isle of Man, Jack set off for pastures new to ply his trade in sport and coaching development in the UK.

Trevor Christian, Isle of Man Sport's Coaching Coordinator catches up with Jack over a brew and discuss Jack's career path from his early years on the Isle of Man to where he is now, with a good dose of coaching development thoughts and questions thrown in for good measure.


Episode #8 - Tom Gandy Professional Golfer

Tom Gandy returns to the Isle of Man off the back of a very successful season in the Europro Golf Tour.

Tom tells us of the joy of progressing up a tier to the European Challenge Tour as well as the agony of narrowly missing the European Tour by just one shot! Tom reflects on his introduction to the game as a junior and his journey through the amateur ranks before turning pro in 2017.

Be sure to follow Tom's progress next season via the European Tour website

Episode #5 - Women in Coaching

Isle of Man Sport catches up with four fantastic women coaches to find out about their journey through sport and into coaching.

The ladies explore their thoughts on coaching philosophy, CPD and people who inspire them to coach. 

Featuring Danaa Callow (Athletics), Tricia Quine (Judo), Heather Melvin (Swimming) and Claire Battye (Netball)

Episode #6 - Mentoring in Coaching 

Coaching Coordinator Trevor Christian catches up with local coach mentors Andy Fox (Athletics) and Juan Watney (Football) to find out what mentoring is all about, how it works and why they do it.

Mentoring has been around for a long time but presently more and more formal schemes and initiatives are taking place to help support and develop coaches.

Episode #3 - Dr Kate Hays

July 2019

In this episode Trevor Christian talks to Dr Kate Hays, Head of Psychology with the English Institute of Sport.

Kate shares her thoughts on performance psychology and how it plays an integral part of the coaching process.

Sports Psychology is often seen as a reactive problem solving profession, but Kate explains how modern performance psychology is a proactive service which is essential in preparing athletes to thrive in competitive environments.

You can follow Kate on Twitter @DrKateHays

Episode #4 - Andy Varnom

August 2019

In this episode, we welcome Andy Varnom the General Secretary of the International Island Games Association.

Andy shares with us his insights into the scope of the island games and the importance it plays in the sporting landscape for its member islands, from providing a stepping stone in preparation for Commonwealth Games to the legacy of improved facilities and the bringing together of diverse cultures from across the globe.

You can follow Andy on Twitter @AVarnom

Episode #1 - Prof Damian Hughes

May 2019

Professor of Organisational Psychology and Change, Damian Hughes is also a successful consultant to sports and business organisations as well as a best selling author. 

Damian chats with Trevor Christian about the importance an effective culture plays in the success of sports organisations and how getting it wrong can have disastrous consequences. 

Damian takes questions from members of the Isle of Man Sport Coaches Forum in this relaxed and entertaining interview.  

Check out Damian's books including the best seller "The Barcelona Way" to learn more about successful cultures!

You can follow Damian on Twitter @liquidthinker

Episode #2 - Phil Cringle

June 2019

Local Lad, IOM Sport Aid Recipient and Professional Rugby Player Phil Cringle is guest on this episode of the Isle of Man Sport Podcast.

Phil started his rugby journey at Castle Rushen High School and Douglas Rugby club before moving to the adjacent Isle to progress his playing at Kirkham Grammar School.

Phil went on to represent Scotland at U20 in World Cup and 6 Nations after which he cut his teeth in the professional game with the French second Division outfit Carcassonne.

Phil is now about to embark on his fourth season with London Scottish in the second tier of the English league system and has racked up over 50 appearances.

You can follow Big Phil on Twitter @philcringle