Previous research we have conducted has shown that reflection is one of those things that is easier said than done. So when we recently found some research from the Netherlands that taught coaches a simple approach to aid reflection we thought it might be worth sharing.
Firstly coaches were asked to imagine their ideal ‘good coach’, this was either someone they knew or... Read more
Posted Monday, November 24, 2014 - 13:05 by jmcilroy with comment(s)
One of our recent Research Summaries looked at how do you motivate players in the off-season? The research followed the attempts of coaches at one university to set up a programme that would keep players motivated to practice when they were away from the university.
They divided the off- season into phases, and players had the chance to earn points for a variety of accomplishments... Read more
Posted Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 10:16 by jmcilroy with comment(s)
By John Driscoll, sports coach UK Executive Director
"When you’ve been fighting for it all your life
You’ve been working every day and night
That’s how a superhero learns to fly
Every day, every hour - turn the pain into power."
The lyrics of the Script’s Superheroes could have been written to... Read more
Posted Monday, November 17, 2014 - 11:37 by jhook with comment(s)
Are you a Coachpreneur? 10 Coaching Lessons from The Apprentice
Andy Grant, sports coach UK Coach Education Team,
With the recent return of The Apprentice on BBC TV for its tenth series it seems an appropriate time to look at what lessons for coaches can be learnt from the show. For those not familiar with it, the premise of the show... Read more
Posted Monday, November 17, 2014 - 11:02 by agrant with comment(s)
I recently did a piece of work analysing over 1,200 coaching sessions. On this occassion I was interested in the level of person the coach was working with (beginner, recreational player, competitive club player etc) and the different age groups (from young children right up to adults).
The interesting finding to emerge was that coaches tend to specialise in a certain level of... Read more
Posted Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 08:46 by jmcilroy with comment(s)
By Ashley Bruce, sports coach UK Coaching Advisor
"You can't be what you can't see", an insightful quote from well known tennis coach, Judy Murray at the recent Women in Sport conference held on 8 October 2014 at the University of Stirling.
The conference was opened by Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games... Read more
Posted Monday, November 10, 2014 - 08:12 by jhook with comment(s)
“DO NOT run along the corridors!”
Nigel Hetherington, Freelance Sports Education Trainer
According to school accident statistics more injuries occur in corridors than in any other place so it’s obvious that the solution is to ban running in schools, right?
“Walk!!”... Read more
Posted Friday, November 7, 2014 - 16:00 by agrant with comment(s)
By Kevin Till
Q: How do we group young people in sport?
A: By age, into chronological annual-age groups. In the UK we commonly use the 1st September as the... Read more
Posted Friday, November 7, 2014 - 10:55 by jhook with comment(s)
In the natural world there are certain animals known as keystone species. These are animals that have such an influence on the world around them that if you remove them from the system it falls apart. Imagine an African Savannah without elephants and you end up with a forest. Read more
If the sporting world were an ecosystem then coaches would be a keystone species - take away coaches...
Posted Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 15:30 by jmcilroy with comment(s)
The Developmental Model for Sport Participation (DMSP) has been around for over 15 years and describes concepts deemed important for the development of athletes (either in terms of performance, participation and/or personal development).
In a new research article Jean Cote and Matthew... Read more
Posted Monday, October 27, 2014 - 09:07 by jmcilroy with comment(s)