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    The Multi-skills Coaching Podcast

    The Multi-skills Coaching Podcast

    Andy Grant, sports coach UK Assistant Head of Coach Education (Interim)

    Twitter @andygrantfc

    With the Commonwealth Games taking place in Glasgow this summer and the consequent focus on a multitude of different sports and athletes, this Podcast and blog provided an opportune moment to...

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    Posted Friday, August 1, 2014 - 11:54 by agrant with 0 comment(s)

    Things might get Messi if you focus on Multi-Skills

    Lionel Mess FIFA World Cup 2014 Golden Ball WinnerNigel Hetherington may be one of the most knowledgeable multi-skills coaches you are likely to meet. I had the pleasure of chatting with Nigel when we both took part in the recent Online Coaches Hangout. Nigel is...

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    Posted Friday, August 1, 2014 - 11:05 by agrant with 0 comment(s)

    New publications from Research

    This has been a busy week for the Research Team as we published two new reports and a Webinar.

    The first report was on the impact of coaches and coaching on participants. This was a new avenue of research for us as we tend to spend our time talking to those doing the coaching rather than those being coached! The results confirmed what we’ve always thought, that coaching makes a...

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    Posted Friday, August 1, 2014 - 09:32 by jmcilroy with 0 comment(s)

    Life after Games: Reflections of a Retired Athlete

    As the XX Commonwealth Games draws to a close in Glasgow, I have to admit, I am a little relieved. Not because yet another great sporting event is over, but because I don’t think my emotions can take much more.

    Year in year out it is the same; hundreds of athletes from around the globe come together to experience what it is like to be part of an exclusive event that most people...

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    Posted Friday, August 1, 2014 - 09:30 by jhook with 0 comment(s)

    Coaching and the Language of Learning

    By sports coach UK Coach Education Advisor Jon Woodward

    My 3 year old daughter and I were driving the other day and she was intently playing with my iPhone listening to music and playing games. Questions arose from the back seat:

    “I can’t find the Frozen app – where is it?”

    “Why is Frozen not downloaded on your phone?”...

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    Posted Friday, August 1, 2014 - 09:25 by jhook with 0 comment(s)

    Am I Really Sporty?

    By sports coach UK Development Lead Officer Nicola Beattie

    I have recently started playing in a netball fun league. Netball is a sport I only ever played at school making it approximately 16 years since I have played! So I guess you could class me as an adult returner to netball.

    When my hockey team decided they wanted to do something different over the summer...

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    Posted Friday, August 1, 2014 - 09:20 by jhook with 0 comment(s)

    Why are there more female coaches working outside clubs?

    Last week we presented a Webinar featuring some of our latest research and promised to answer any questions that came up. The first of these is answered below. You can also find the presentation here or listen to the...

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    Posted Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 09:15 by jmcilroy with 0 comment(s)

    Creating an ethical climate in clubs

    I recently read a new article about ethical and abusive coaching behaviour. The researchers surveyed almost 20,000 students in America and the results will probably surprise few people:

    Strong ethical leadership from coaches can enhance student-athlete satisfaction with their college choice and...

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    Posted Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 15:52 by jmcilroy with 0 comment(s)

    Coach preferences for short term and long term planning

    It will surprise no one that as a coach develops so the information they look for changes. However how can you explain this to a wider audience in a straightforward way? The graph above provides a useful example as nowhere is this better demonstrated than with topic of planning.

    The blue line represents an interest in short term planning (eg planning a session) and shows the percentage...

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    Posted Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 09:09 by jmcilroy with 0 comment(s)

    Coaching as a Unique Selling Point for clubs

    I recently read a new article from the journal Managing Leisure which looked at the issue of attracting and retaining club members. Whilst reading this it struck me how coaching could be sold more as a Unique Selling Point for sport.

    Although the research was conducted with cycling in...

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    Posted Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 09:32 by jmcilroy with 0 comment(s)