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    Children are full of surprises

    We recently conducted a survey with 1,500 coaches and one of the interesting things to emerge from the analysis was the various impacts children have on the life of a coach – and often how it comes about by surprise.

    Taking this in chronological order (of the coach rather than child) we find:

    A common reason to stop coaching is that the coach has become a parent....

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    Posted Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 10:27 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    I’m not bowling, I only came for a beer after the game!

    With the start of the cricket season upon us, I began to think about the challenges that I will be faced with as the captain of my club’s 2nd XI. The different motivations of players, the barriers to participation that confront others and somewhere in the middle there is me, an individual who has to keep that band of merry men (and women) happy!! 

    If we use language taken...

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    Posted Monday, April 25, 2016 - 11:48 by StcyJyne with comment(s)

    Always Something More

    In a contrast from the previous blogs in this series, this month I’m taking a look at coaching in the performance environment as I chat to Lesley Tischler who is currently coaching at Surrey Storm.

    I’ve known Lesley for a few years now. She was a regular at talent coach breakfasts that have been run in London in the past and is one of the most motivated and passionate...

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    Posted Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 11:06 by StcyJyne with comment(s)

    That was me flying

    In the latest part of the London’s Coaching Women series, Steven Bentall, our Coaching Network Manager for London once again goes behind the scenes to talk to the women who are behind the coaches working with some the 8.6m people in the Capital.

    This month I’m talking to Katie Couchman who is the learning and development manager for...

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    Posted Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 13:57 by mrawson with comment(s)

    What does it mean to be a coach?

    Often research on coaching will focus on areas of future improvement and in doing so may miss the positivity of what coaching brings to both the participant and the coach. This year we asked 1,500 coaches what it means to them to be a coach and the most commonly used words are shown in the Word Cloud above (the more common the word the bigger it is shown).

    To add some more background to...

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    Posted Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 16:55 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    It’s amazing what you can achieve with quality coaching

    Today Victoria Pendleton faces a very different challenge when she takes part in a horse race at the most competitive of environments – the Cheltenham Festival.

    We have followed this over the year and whatever happens today it is an amazing achievement to go from a novice rider to compete in this race in only a year. As we mentioned earlier in the year part of this is that...

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    Posted Friday, March 18, 2016 - 11:45 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    We all agree that gender equality is a good thing, but…..

    If there is a ‘compelling business case’ for gender equality, why do we still have such distinct under representation of women in coaching? To mark International Women’s Day, 2016, I thought I would have a look at the arguments and try and provide some solutions which could help the aims of the...

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    Posted Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 10:47 by mrawson with comment(s)

    The Force is strong among Coaches

    Last week I started to go through all the data of from our new survey of coaches and one figure hat jumped out was the 100% increase in coaches from Scotland who are Jedis. That may only be a jump from two people to four, but as a proportion of the total sample (0.6%) it suggests that coaching certainly attracts Jedi (when you consider that the 2001 census suggested Jedis accounted for only 0....

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    Posted Monday, March 7, 2016 - 10:47 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    Coaching from the top of a Double Decker Bus

    I am reading 'Good Ideas – How to Be Your Child’s (and Your Own) Best Teacher' by the excellent Michael Rosen. One of his many wonderful analogies covers the different view you get of life from the top of a double decker bus, travelling down streets and areas that you know well and see most weeks. However, from this different vantage point, you see things very differently...

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    Posted Friday, March 4, 2016 - 17:18 by StcyJyne with comment(s)

    Everyone has got it in them to do what I do

    Following my previous blog where the focus was support from behind the scenes, this time I’m chatting with Abigail Boswell, a self-employed personal trainer, triathlon coach at London Fields Triathlon Club and instructor for Our Parks UK.

    Prior to doing all of this Abigail worked in marketing and gradually became...

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    Posted Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 14:39 by StcyJyne with comment(s)