Manisha Tailor – Lead phase football coach at QPR and founder of Swaggarlicious

May 18, 2020

Mental Health in sport and society; The impact of bullying; Behaviour Patterns; Learning to learn; Fear of failure; Overcoming adversity; The gender and ethnicity imbalance in sport and so much more is covered in this amazing conversation with Manisha.

Manisha shares a fantastic quote and clearly demonstrates how she has lived by it.

“If the flower doesn’t bloom then you change the environment in which it grows”

Without giving too much away see below for a little more about our special guest.

Manisha Tailor MBE is a former Deputy Headteacher, having worked in primary education for 19 years. She qualified as a Headteacher in 2011, but shortly after this embarked upon a career change due to personal circumstance. This led her to the next chapter in her life, setting up her company, Swaggarlicious Ltd and building a career in football, stemed from her childhood passion.

Manisha became a young carer 22 years ago, along with her family caring for her twin brother who suffered a mental breakdown as a result of bullying and trauma. This inspired her to develop work around mental health for adults and children, publishing a teaching resource titled, Child in Mind, that promotes open dialogue around mental health through pictures, poems and stories. Manisha recognises the important role sport can play as a vehicle for positive mental health, developing relationships and both physical and emotional literacy.

Alongside this, she works fulltime at QPR’s academy as Lead Foundation Phase Coach, overseeing the U9-U11 age groups in addition to coaching in the Youth Development Phase.

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Show Notes:


Success Quote or saying:

“If the flower doesn’t bloom then you change the environment in which it grows”
Quick fire questions:

The books that you would recommend are? (Click to purchase)

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dwek
Soccer Tough: Books I & II Paperback by Dan Abrahams
The Gold Mine Effect: Crack the Secrets of High Performance by Rasmus Ankersen

What is the most useful and or valuable Technology you use (apps, equipment etc…)?
My laptop and tablet. I show clips to players using Hudl

How do you relax and re energise yourself to enable you to perform at your best?
Go to the gym to get ‘me time’. Reading anything to do with learning before I go to bed

In one sentence – What advice would you give to your teenage version of yourself?
Have the humility to know where you are in order to get to where want to be

Who has made a big impact on you?
• Chris Ramsey (QPR)
• Alex Welsh
• Matthew Joseph (FA)
• Pete Augustine (Coach Developer)

Whos’ Sport Story would you be really interested in hearing?
• Hope Powell
• Kate Howey

Coaching questions I would like to pose:
1 What adverse experiences have you had that you can recall the positive learning you gained?
2 What do you need to put in place to ensure you develop and maintain a positive mental health?

Contact details:
Twitter      @Swaggarlicious_

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