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    As a coach who should you turn to for advice?

    A consistent finding in our research is that coaches learn by interacting with other coaches. We have found that they do this a lot and it makes a real impact on their coaching. While reading a piece of research on youth coaches two other rarely considered options sprung to mind.

    Meet the parents

    Generally the perception of parents in youth sport is that they can be a...

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    Posted Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 09:32 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    Fausto Coppi - The makings of a champion

    As the riders make their way around Italy in the Giro D'Italia I have been reading a book about one of Italy's greatest cyclists Fausto Coppi. He was the Campionissimo - the champion of champions - and his rise to fame is a great case study of what it takes to develop talent.

    First of...

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    Posted Monday, May 18, 2015 - 12:53 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    Benefits of exercise

    By Dr William Bird, GP specialising in physical activity. Chair of physical activity alliance and advisor to Public Health England

    There are some widely known positive effects of exercise;

    Improvements in;

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    Posted Friday, May 15, 2015 - 09:34 by jhook with comment(s)

    The future of Coaching? Gender Equality

    A sports psychologist I was talking to recently told me that the simplest way to effect change is to the take the following path:

    • Raise awareness
    • Take responsibility
    • Take action

    This is even more pertinent when you are asking people to effect cultural change. The culture we are looking to change is the demographic of coaches in the UK. Currently...

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    Posted Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 07:52 by scohen with comment(s)

    Why it is important to consider coaching role in market segmentation

    Last week I presented our research on market segmentation of coaches and questions from the audience proved a great opportunity to refine my understanding of the research.

    Our market segmentation research splits the coaching population into 12 different 'types' of people based primarily on different...

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    Posted Monday, May 11, 2015 - 09:06 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    Learning in Three Dimensions

    By Will Roberts, Youth Sport Trust

    My own coaching journey began as a teenager. Both my parents were teachers with their own coaching experience and so I guess it felt inevitable. Nonetheless, I found I really enjoyed coaching and as a bonus felt that it helped me become a better player. I became pretty obsessed with this side of sport, working on how I could make a...

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    Posted Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 09:15 by jhook with comment(s)

    My journey into high profile coaching

    Lead Talent Development Coach at England Hockey, Demy Dowley, discusses her journey into high profile coaching

    "I am a teacher. Coaching has gradually taken over my life and is now my full time career but I still consider myself...

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    Posted Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 10:42 by shussain with comment(s)

    COACHING DANCE, Part 1 – Taking the First Steps

    By Nigel Hetherington, Freelance Sports Education Trainer

    In Part I of this article I explore the rationale behind the ‘Coaching Dance’ and how and why, as coaches, we might benefit from proactively adopting this approach.  In Part II I expand the article to cover real case studies from coaches and teachers fully engaged in the process with a focus on...

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    Posted Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 08:04 by jhook with comment(s)

    As the season draws to a close

    By sports coach UK Coaching Network Manager Colin Bennett

    It's the end of another season. You take stock of all that has happened, all the players/athletes you coached, motivated, encouraged to improve and develop. All the session plans you wrote, pondered over, evaluated, run….wished you hadn't run, all the games - win, lose or draw…all the hours...

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    Posted Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 07:57 by jhook with comment(s)

    Judge coaches on their ability and effectiveness not on their gender

    Performance Athletics Coach and Paralympic Specialist Alison O'Riordan discusses the challenges she's faced in a male dominated industry

    "Coaches should be judged on their ability and effectiveness not on their gender. ...

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    Posted Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 15:32 by shussain with comment(s)