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    Guest blog: Organisational resilience - should I use the word love?

    The purpose of a recent study undertaken by our university was to explore the conditions and considerations for facilitating organisational resilience in a professional sport context.

    Developing a resilient environment and culture is important in order to maximise both performance and well being in increasingly complex and competitive circumstances. It can also be linked to a positive...

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    Posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 10:51 by mrawson with comment(s)

    coaching continues to have a very positive impact on participants

    Our Research Consultant Michael talks about his latest work on year two of a four year research project.

    The 2015 Participant Survey reinforces many of the positive messages we identified in the first year’s research. In short, coaching continues to have a very positive impact.

    However, this year we went a little deeper and spoke to some people by phone. What we...

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    Posted Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 09:30 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    Fix the System

    ...or, If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got.

    By Sarah Milner, Diversity and Inclusion Lead

    At the recent sports coach UK Coaching Summit in Cardiff the Chair of Sport Wales Professor Laura McAllister stated: ‘By simply doing more of the same, coaching and participation will fall...

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    Posted Friday, July 24, 2015 - 15:31 by mrawson with comment(s)

    Nine ways to introduce coaches to #TechWorld

    Steve Bentall, a Coaching Network Manager for sports coach UK, continues with his second blog on #TechWorld and how the use of technology can enhance coaching at all levels.

    In our previous blog Erki Tarro and I were looking at coaches taking the leap into #TechWorld which...

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    Posted Monday, July 20, 2015 - 10:49 by mrawson with comment(s)

    Coaching a phenomenon – exciting or terrifying?

    To mark the start of the Open, our Research Consultant, Michael Hopkinson, looks at talent coaching, the rise of Jordan Spieth and his coach Cameron McCormick:

    Around this time last year people outside of golf started to take notice of Jordan Spieth. He’d finished second in his first ever Masters, aged just 20, and American golf writers were...

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    Posted Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 09:14 by mrawson with comment(s)

    Five ways to help new players into your team

    When players come into a new team they have a multitude of worries. How will they fit in with their new teammates? What is expected of them? When will they break into the first team? We recently found new research from Canada that suggested you could apply...

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    Posted Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 10:59 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    Guest Blog: School’s out - summer clubs are in!

    Guest Blog: With schools just about to break up for the summer holidays, Michelle Baker from The Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code provides us with important information to consider when coaching children outdoors...


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    Posted Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 17:34 by mrawson with comment(s)

    What one thing would make coaches feel better supported?

    Over the past eight years or so of surveying coaches we have often asked them what could be done to make them feel more supported. This year we looked at all these ideas and came up with a shortlist that we then asked coaches to choose from. 3,500 coaches answered the question and the most popular option was…

    Access to a more experienced coach from time to time...

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    Posted Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 13:59 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    Taking the Leap into #TechWorld

    Steve Bentall, Coaching Network Manager (London).

    In my previous blogs I’ve been looking at the concept of digital natives and the onset of technology in coaching. I’ve mused about things I’ve heard...

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    Posted Monday, July 6, 2015 - 16:05 by mrawson with comment(s)

    Coaching on the Tour de France

    I recently read David Walsh’s book Inside Team Sky which was an enlightening journey around France with a professional cycling team. On this occasion things were not going so well for Team Sky and by the first rest day it was time to re-assess the situation.

    As all the riders went out for a training ride, team principle Dave Brailsford rode with them and one-by-one riders...

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    Posted Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 15:28 by jmcilroy with comment(s)