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    Gotta Catch Em All

    Pokémon Go is taking over the world and has already been downloaded around 30 million times. But what does this mean for the world of sport, physical activity and coaching? I downloaded the app 5 days ago to see what it’s all about…


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    Posted Friday, July 22, 2016 - 14:08 by mrawson with comment(s)

    I can go higher

    I’m going behind the scenes again to chat to Kelly Montgomery who is the East London programme manager for Greenhouse Sports and directly manages a team of 12 coaches.

    I’ve known Kelly for many years, she and I were Sports Development Officers in neighbouring boroughs in London for a period of time so have a shared experience of what it is like working in London.


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    Posted Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 15:29 by mrawson with comment(s)

    Can you use coaches as a barometer of a sport?

    The term bellwether refers to the practice of placing a bell around the neck of a castrated ram (a wether) leading his flock of sheep. By following the sound of the bell the shepherd...

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    Posted Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 09:40 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    What happens when your athletes can’t think for themselves

    If you ever wanted an example of why it is important to develop athletes who can think for themselves then you just need to watch the first week of this year’s Tour de France.

    On two occasions the favourite Chris Froome rode away from the peleton ...

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    Posted Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 13:22 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    Coaching the dads as well as the kids

    Before writing this month’s new Research Summary I wasn’t that aware of the ‘fathering through sport’ concept.

    It’s the idea that some fathers use their children’s sporting experiences as a mechanism for fulfilling their fathering duties. So, a father might use some basic...

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    Posted Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 15:42 by mhopkinson with comment(s)

    The pitfalls of questioning

    While putting together one of our latest summaries of new journal publications I came across some interesting points about asking questions. These included:

    • Asking questions accounts for only 2% - 5% of what a coach does in a session.
    • If you broaden the definition of questioning coaches tend to ask more questions but they...
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    Posted Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 16:23 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    It makes sense but it’s no game. The challenge of moving to a games based approach to coaching

    Adopting a games based approach to coaching is a popular idea. It has the ability to create thinking players and moves away from a traditional approaches of the coach as the only person with all the answers.

    However games based approaches have never really broken in the mainstream. One of the reasons for this is while it may sound easy in principle it is actually very difficult to do....

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    Posted Friday, July 1, 2016 - 10:14 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    What can a coach learn from post goal celebrations?

    In 1992 researchers in Israel were curious as to whether you could read anything into the spontaneous behaviour of players after a goal was scored. They wondered if teams that celebrate together showed greater levels of cohesion and were therefore more successful.

    This was based on the theory that people who display a team orientation are more likely to contribute to the team, even at a...

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    Posted Monday, June 27, 2016 - 09:22 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    Where Tennis Plays a Role in Changing Lives

    This month I’m chatting to Christine Dransfield who is a full time tennis coach with Greenhouse Sports. She’s based in a school so her role is more than just tennis coaching. She coaches tennis during lessons, before and after school, as well as providing a mentoring role for many of the students at the school. “I deal with social, thinking and emotional skills alongside...

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    Posted Friday, June 24, 2016 - 14:45 by StcyJyne with comment(s)

    Learning shouldn’t be easy, it should be ‘Desirably Difficult’…

    This blog is written in response to those who I hear say ‘we need to make learning easier’, those out there who believe in the ‘one page summary’ and that everything of relevance must be captured within ‘simple’ tasks….

    Learning should actually be DIFFICULT the caveat being that learning should be ‘Desirably Difficult’, as phrase...

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    Posted Monday, June 20, 2016 - 16:24 by klindley with comment(s)