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    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)

    How to become a Louis Van Gaal

    When Louis Van Gaal made his last minute substitution on Saturday night and Holland won the match I was happy. Not just because I have the Dutch in the office ‘Dress up your Desk for the World Cup’ game but also because it shows the first line of our latest Research...

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    Posted Monday, July 7, 2014 - 11:44 by jmcilroy with 0 comment(s)

    What I learnt from my mentee - Fixed and Growth Mindset in the real world?

    By Kurt Lindley, sports coach UK Development Lead Officer

    We often make the overarching statement that mentoring is a two way relationship, reciprocal in learning and one which allows growth for both parties. But how true is this.....

    I have been formally mentoring within the talent and performance environment for the past 12-18 months and I can definitely say I...

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    Posted Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 14:08 by jhook with 0 comment(s)

    Coaching disabled people: Listen to the participants....

    All coaches should be able to welcome disabled people into their club sessions: You just need your knowledge and experience of differentiation and be able to provide a confident and positive welcome to everyone that comes along.

    We thought it might also help you to know what disabled people’s experiences of sport and being coached are. Surely that would help? We asked Leeds Met...

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    Posted Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 13:56 by scohen with 0 comment(s)

    Getting the Message Across

    By John Driscoll, sports coach UK Executive Director for Public Affairs

    Three weeks on from this year’s UK Coaching Summit, two of the keynote speeches still stick in my mind. They came at opposite ends of Day Two, neither of the speakers knew what the other would say, yet the first was an uncanny curtain-raiser to the second.

    Even more interestingly,...

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    Posted Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 13:52 by jhook with 0 comment(s)

    Coaching female returners? Coaches be Aware

    This is an issue that is not talked about but may well have a great affect on adult female participation. More coaches need to be aware of bladder weakness in women.

    You might be surprised how many women are let down by their pelvic floors when they exercise. Over 1 in 3 women regularly experience bladder leaks and in a survey of 2000 women conducted by...

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    Posted Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 13:45 by jhook with 0 comment(s)

    Cycling and coaching – what the stats tell us

    Since the Tour de France is starting just down the road from our office on Saturday I thought I it would be a great excuse to write a cycling related blog! So I had a look at the Active People Survey to see what I could find out about cycling and coaching.

    Cycling is a strange sport from a coaching point of view. Less than 2% of cyclists receive coaching which is one of the...

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    Posted Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 16:25 by jmcilroy with 0 comment(s)

    Is sport too expensive?

    Our Research Consultant Michael gives you a taster of what’s to come in our latest research with participants.

    If you believe what you read in the papers Fabio Capello’s contract with the Russian national team is worth a cool £6.7 million per year. Given they said his England contract was only worth slightly less, he’s done pretty well...

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    Posted Monday, June 30, 2014 - 14:03 by jmcilroy with 0 comment(s)