About

We do what we do because too often people limit their potential through a lack of understanding of what’s possible and how they can continue to improve when time is tight.

We love keeping things simple and have spent an ‘unhealthy’ amount of time looking at the evidence behind ability and where it comes. We’ve created a very bespoke and user friendly approach and our passion is to share what we’ve learned to allow people to work on their skills every day to meet the challenges of a fast-moving world.

Tony Stanger - Director Stanger Pro

Tony Stanger

Tony represented Scotland 52 times at Rugby Union and is their joint record try scorer of all time.  He was part of the victorious British Lions Tour to South Africa in 1997 and scored arguably the most famous try in Scottish rugby history to win the Grand Slam in 1990.

He has a 1st class Honours degree in applied sports science and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Edinburgh and worked for 7 years as a professional coach for Leeds Rugby Academy and London Irish RFC. He has vast experience in the world of elite sport and was most recently Head of Talent at the Scottish Institute of Sport – a job specialising in understanding how to maximise the potential of limited talent pools.

He has a strong family focus and loves challenges and the life experiences they offer. When he’s not working (and sometimes when he should be!) his hobby is using what he knows about talent to maximise his golfing potential.

Bid Stanger - Director Stanger Pro

Bid Stanger

Bid Stanger is a very proud Kiwi, like most New Zealanders she has a real passion for sport.  A successful junior athlete who found the transition to senior level challenging and difficult she is intrigued by what more can be done to help people reach their potential.

Using what she has learned over the past decade her focus is to improve the quality of volunteer coaching and the challenges faced at participation level.  Her passion to motivate young people in developing a lifelong approach to sport and physical activity is high on her agenda.  She is actively involved in coaching a range of sports, both team and individuals and is a big contributor in supporting the learning of other coaches and support staff in her community.

An ever-willing club volunteer she is also a Team Manager and is currently working with National Performance Age Group squads within Scottish Swimming.

She juggles her role at Stanger Pro with supporting her 3 sporty kids along with sneaking in as much outdoor physical activity as time permits.

  • And what we do works....

    "Thanks Stanger Pro, really interesting and insightful, pitched just perfectly! Athletes & parents found the sessions incredibly useful and it's great to see parents so receptive and interactive too - A huge success!"
    Active East Lothian
  • And what we do works....

    Tony led a training programme with six Regional Academy Managers to develop their talent philosophy. This two-day programme was extremely informative, challenging and critically led to practical interventions to enhance their talent systems
    Rugby Football Union
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    "Tony thanks for the very thought provoking “how to” motivational session our Communications, Marketing and Corporate Affairs teams found the session really worthwhile".
    Skills Development Scotland
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    "A really interesting, engaging, thought provoking session which encouraged us to think about how we support the range of communities & individuals we work with to use good questions to help develop understanding to ultimately unlock everyone’s potential to succeed".
    Edinburgh Leisure
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    "Tony thank you for the mentoring support over the past six months, I can honestly say that the tasks set and the principles behind them are all tying together in my mind, I feel much more confident discussing the minefield of talent" - Trevor Christian
    Isle of Man Sports Institute
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    "Thanks for an excellent presentation it has helped us to see ‘mindset’ as the way forward, which we will now further develop in our individual thinking and in school developments."
    Newton Primary & Nursery
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    "Tony has provided a pivotal role in us developing our Coaching capability. Stanger Pro's bespoke approach has cemented coaching as a key attribute for Martin Currie's Leaders & Senior management".
    Martin Currie Investment Management Limited
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    "Tony thanks for the motivational presentation we have received a lot of really positive feedback!"
    Santander – Red Box Business Festival – Glasgow
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    “Working with Stanger Pro has been hugely beneficial in the development of our talent system from grassroots to international level all underpinned by an evidence based principles. In a short period of time we've been able to make significant progress putting in place a foundation for further development. “ Kevin Pringle, Chief Executive
    Basketball Scotland
  • And what we do works....

    Tony delivered a cross-selling workshop for our Management Team at our company strategy day, as well as delivering a motivational presentation on ways we can enhance the skills of our people to ultimately help us grow the business - both great sessions.
    Campbell & Kennedy
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    "Tony thank you for taking the time to present to us, it really was an inspirational and actionable presentation. Feedback from attendees has been incredibly positive, we all took a great deal from it indeed - lots of good food for thought!".
    Borders Tennis Academy
  • And what we do works....

    Coaches, Athletes and Parents found the workshop very thought provoking and it really opened their eyes to the importance of better understanding talent. It’s set the foundations for us to move our Club forward and implement crucial changes which will support our athletes.
    Biggar RFC
  • And what we do works....

    Stanger Pro's session was extremely well prepared and very much tapped into our key messages and both challenged and stimulated some new thinking and self-exploration - Mike Whittingham, Director of High Performance & SIS
    Scottish Institute of Sport
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    "Thanks for your contribution throughout the camp over the past few days, feedback has been extremely positive from coaches & swimmers" - Ally Whike Performance Director
    Scottish Swimming – Youth Development Camp
  • And what we do works....

    "Tony Stangers mental resilience motivational talk was excellent. I feel it would be beneficial for the players to receive this talk to aid their responsibility".
    Ulster Badminton
  • And what we do works....

    Without a doubt this session addressed the challenges we face as a team. Our whole team agreed there were distinct advantages to using positive and world class behaviours and this would make work more meaningful and decrease the trauma and stress of what we do every day.
    NHS Lothian
  • And what we do works....

    Tony's Understanding Talent presentation was a huge success at our conference. His talk focused on why he believes talent isn't something people are necessarily born with, but can be developed throughout a young person's life by the right coaching techniques.
    Snowsport UK – Snowsport England
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    "The talk was great! I particularly valued Tony's ability to talk from the perspective of a parent as well as an 'expert'. His concrete examples of the kind of conversations that encourage learning from experience, be it in training or comps were very insightful!"
    Swim Parent
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    Stanger Pro thanks for delivering a very engaging motivational and practical session to our senior managers - all the feedback on the day and since has been very positive about your sessions, they were pitched at the right level.
    Natural Power

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