About Coach Maitland

Gary Maitland is a visionary thinker. He is inspired to lead, support aspiring leaders and develop elite-minded athletes of all levels.

With a rich experience of working in education and sport, Gary believes that a teacher and a coach’s main responsibility is to create a love of learning.

“I work with teachers, coaches and athletes to support their professional development. I offer high performance coaching and mentoring with a particular focus on raising standards and self-evaluation.”

As an elite skill development basketball coach, Gary has trained a number of professional and top level amateur athletes. His comprehensive training programmes are individually tailored to meet the needs of each client.

“Specificity. When I work with athletes, it’s crucial that they know I’m not going to waste their time. I study my clients to ensure my sessions are purposeful and reflect the actions they are expected to perform in a competitive environment.”

Gary’s portfolio of effective leadership also includes working with brands and organisations such as Coca Cola, Jordan Brand, The Greenhouse Charity and Amaechi Performance.

As an educator, Gary has worked as an Assistant Headteacher in an alternative provision secondary school for 11 to 16 year olds. He has a holistic approach to developing young people and is an exceptional practitioner in behaviour management.



Gary speaks to audiences with an approach that engages and inspires.  His speeches address a number of topics covering education, leadership and the sport industry.

Gary customises his delivery to meet the needs and requirements of those who he shares his messages with.  He is passionate about supporting the development of others.
Please feel free to contact Coach Maitland to discuss how he can support you and your organisation.


It is essential for us in society to take ownership of our communication skills and apply ourselves in a positive manner.


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Don’t Be Fooled By Effort

  • June 20, 2015

We all want to see effort. Effort can be seen in the sweat dripping from the forehead of a person hard at work. Effort can be seen in a person who meets a deadline after handing in the latest report. Effort can be seen in the amount of phone calls or responses to emails that […]

The 5 Things All Children Need

  • February 25, 2015

Without question, children can be demanding.  Children of all ages; demanding.  It is true that our young people become more independent as they get older, however the demands are fundamentally still the same.  We all have a small number of basic needs as human beings that we desire to meet.  In fact, William Glasser has done a wonderful study on Choice […]

The Worst Thing You Could Say To Your Boss

  • April 20, 2014

What is the worst thing you could say to your boss? “I can’t…” It’s almost irrelevant what words complete the sentence. If you speak the words, “I can’t…”, a spotlight beams down upon you exposing your lack of resilience; you sound like you’ve already given up. The words “I can’t…” present a problem.  The words […]

3 Ways to be a Better Team Player

  • February 21, 2014

3 Ways to be a Better Team Player 1. Be enthusiastic Mid-19th century poet Ralph Waldo Emerson said “Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success”. To be a great team player, enthusiasm must be at the core of our relationships with members of our team. Enthusiasm can be shown through our body […]

New 3-Man Fast Break Drill

  • October 2, 2013

New 3-Man Fast Break Drill – Improve Your Fast Break, Conditioning, Passing, Finishing, and Rebounding Check out my article and video on this great drill on BreakthroughBasketball.com  




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