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. 

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 #17 Ben Qualtrough

Ben Qualtrough the founder of the iCue Academy joins us to share his thoughts around developing people.

Ben's business helps provide youngsters age 2-16 with opportunities to grow as people and players through the medium of football.

Not only is it a developmental journey for the young participants but also for the iCue coaching team and Ben himself. A regular at Isle of Man Sport Coaching workshops and festivals Ben is very keen to impress the importance of lifelong learning.

Episode #18 PE Special!

In this very special episode we welcome three legends of Physical Education in Cliff Dunn, Neil MacGregor and Guy Smith.

These gents have featured indirectly on many other podcasts in our series as our previous guests make particular reference to them as key influences on their love for sport and the direction they took whether taking part in sport, coaching, working in sport or indeed stepping up and achieving in the performance sport arena.

We find out how the guys got into teaching PE. They share their philosophy which delves much much farther than physical education and seeks to equip young people with a plethora of essential life skills.

This episode shows just how much our teaching staff care about young people and how much time and effort they put in to providing a fun and nurturing environment that allows young people to thrive!

Episode #15 Get Involved with IOM Sport

Local sporting legends Andy Fox and Jon Whiting tell us what its like to be members of the Isle of Man Sport Committee.

Each member of the 8 person committee serves a four year term before interviews take place to induct new members into the committee.

From helping sports to access funding for facilities, participation and coaching projects this interview also explores the process for gifted and talented athletes to access Sport Aid support and the various services available for athletes to help them reach their ambitions.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Isle of Man Sport Committee should send in their application by the deadline of Monday 17th August. Applications are available from the Isle of Man Sport website


Episode #16 Brandon Cain

Snowboard Cross athlete Brandon Cain joins us for episode 16 of the podcast.

As you would expect from a snowboarder, Brandon is a real dude in addition to this he's a real grafter, driven & focused and an all round good guy!

Brandon takes us through his journey so far in performance sport, from being called up at GB try outs to facing near death after a hard fall and his subsequent mental and physical fight to get back to where was and beyond!

Be sure to check out Brandon's progress on his Instagram and Facebook pages @brandoncainsbx.

Episode #13 Sam Caine

Sam Caine plays a vital role in Manx Sport in a variety of environments. Sam was involved as a coach from the tender age of 16 at Union Mills football club's U11's and has gone on to coach in the IOMFA Development Centre as well as girls and senior ladies teams.

Sam took his coaching further as part of the MSR coaching staff and now delivers the Sure Sports Leaders Programme to help develop the coaches of the future.

As player Sam is no stranger to success having been part of the St Georges team which won multiple grand slams of titles and cups. Sam has also represented the Isle of Man at Island Games and played internationally as part of the Ellan Vannin team.

Episode #14 Tim Kneale

Olympian shooter and Commonwealth Games bronze and silver medallist Tim Kneale joins us to talk about his epic life in the world of clay target shooting.

Tim has experienced both the highs and the lows in performance sport from equalling the world record and winning Commonwealth medals to having his event taken out of the Olympics and the sad passing of his long time coach and good friend.

Tim is the epitome of what a professional sports person should be. He is a proud Manxman and brilliant role model to aspiring athletes hoping to take their sport to the highest level. 

Episode #11 Sport Aid and COVID-19

Meet Sport Performance Coordinator Chris Quine. Chris supports the Isle of Man Sports Aid recipients in their journey towards reaching their sporting potential.

This episode was recorded six weeks into the COVID-19 Pandemic and Chris explains how Isle of Man Sport are adapting to support athletes during this difficult period where sport has literally come to a standstill.

Episode #12 Isle of Man Sports Awards

Off the back of our first ever virtual Isle of Man Sports Awards we catch up with our sports woman and sports man of 2019, Yasmin Ingham and Joseph Reid.

Find out about their stellar year in 2019 and how they are adapting to life in lock down in the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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 - Shanaze Reade BMX

Three times UCI World champion BMX rider Shanaze Reade visited the Isle of Man for the launch of the 2020 Manx Youth Games.

During her stay, Shanaze and Stephen Dillon from IOM BMX caught up with Trevor Christian to talk about her experiences in BMX and what impact the Manx Youth Games cold have for the development of BMX on the Isle of Man. 

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