Dominic Stevenson is a writer, professional communicator and an academy football coach at League Two and Lowland League football teams in Scotland. He has trained alongside international football coaches, and as a youth player, he captained teams to play across Europe and in Asia. He provides communications support for the Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA), and he is the PR Manager for the Yorkshire International Football Association.
Shot-through with the author’s personal experiences as a coach, player and all-round football obsessive, Dominic Stevenson’s Get Your Head in the Game is a timely must-read for fans, players, coaches - the whole kit and caboodle of anyone involved with football. Sharing the experiences of internationally renowned players, figures from top clubs, trailblazers of the women’s game (and many more besides), and offering legions of insights into how sport and the mind could be reconnected, this might just make the beautiful game yet more beautiful - and transformative. Stevenson’s context will strike a powerful chord with fans: “Football is the universal leveller. It speaks in a way that no language does. It is poetry without the pontification, a novel without the concentration, and it changes the world in minutes.” What’s more, football’s “community spirit, the sense of comradeship and the provision of a social lifeline for those who may otherwise be alone are enormous, and they have great potential to be positively exploited for the greater good of society.” Despite these huge positives, mental health “is still an issue that doesn’t get the exposure it deserves, in spite of well-meaning link-ups between football clubs and mental health charities”, and the testimonies from players under pressure feeling they’ve failed even after playing for top clubs, and those blighted by injury and abuse, cut to the core. Then there’s the lack of support from clubs, and heart-breaking accounts of suicide attempts. The book also covers football’s efforts to become truly inclusive, acknowledging that while steps have been made, the game still has a long way to go before racism, homophobia, sexism and transphobia have been totally kicked out. Concluding with a range of tips for improving mental health in the context of football, and confident that “the glory days of football are still ahead of us”, this book is a game-changer.
Opening with Wimbledon 2019, The Art of Tennis covers the excitement of the sport up to the profound silence of the Covid-19 pandemic-when no tennis was played for a year-through Wimbledon 2021. As play began to resume, there were many questions surrounding its return, and the author examines these and how the sport of tennis fights to prevail as the virus continues to redefine modern life. The book follows the latest comebacks from Roger Federer, Serena Williams, and Andy Murray and looks at how Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Alexander Zverev reached their first major finals. In the women's game, Barbora Krejcikova, Bianca Andreescu, and Sofia Kenin make big stage breakthroughs, and Naomi Osaka continues to rule on hard courts. In late 2020, the calendar looked different. The tours adapted as best they could, and some remarkable tennis took place in empty arenas. 2021 saw tournaments finding a way to coincide with the virus that is reshaping daily life. With thoughtful observations, author Dominic Stevenson comments on the many aspects of professional tennis, both on and off the courts, providing his own unique perspective on this beautiful sport.