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    What shall we work on first, your strengths or your weaknesses?

    By sports coach UK research Consultant Michael Hopkinson

    I was recently lucky enough to attend a talk by Dr Ken Hodge at York University. Dr Hodge has worked extensively with the New Zealand rugby team, the All Blacks, studying what is known as motivational climate.

    Motivational climate is the environment the coach creates via their interpersonal approach...

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    Posted Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 08:14 by with comment(s)

    Easy tips to aid reflection

    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...

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    Posted Monday, November 24, 2014 - 13:05 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    How to keep players motivated in the off-season

    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...

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    Posted Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 10:16 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    A year in the making

    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...

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    Posted Monday, November 17, 2014 - 11:37 by jhook with comment(s)

    Are you a Coachpreneur? 10 Coaching Lessons from The Apprentice

    Are you a Coachpreneur? 10 Coaching Lessons from The Apprentice

    Andy Grant, sports coach UK Coach Education Team,

    Twitter: @andygrantfc

    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...

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    Posted Monday, November 17, 2014 - 11:02 by agrant with comment(s)

    Coaches tend to work with the same type of participant rather than age

    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...

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    Posted Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 08:46 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    You can't be what you can't see

    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...

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    Posted Monday, November 10, 2014 - 08:12 by jhook with comment(s)

    “DO NOT run along the corridors!”

    “DO NOT run along the corridors!”

    Nigel Hetherington, Freelance Sports Education Trainer

    Twitter: @Nigel_BH

    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?


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    Posted Friday, November 7, 2014 - 16:00 by agrant with comment(s)

    Relative Age Effect

    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...

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    Posted Friday, November 7, 2014 - 10:55 by jhook with comment(s)

    Coaches as the Keystone member of the sporting world

    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.
    If the sporting world were an ecosystem then coaches would be a keystone species - take away coaches...

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    Posted Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 15:30 by jmcilroy with comment(s)