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    12 things we’ve learnt this year about coaches and the impact they make on sport

    At this time of year it’s good to look back and think about what you’ve achieved. We put our heads together in Research and came up with 12 things we’ve learnt this year:

    1. The quality of coaching is improving. In the last 10 years the percentage of participants who think that coaching improves their enjoyment of sport has increased from 53% to 81%.
    2. The...
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    Posted Monday, December 22, 2014 - 09:41 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    Why Paul McGinley was a good choice for coach of the year

    When Paul McGinley won Coach of the Year at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards it was a great example of the variety of coaching at the high performance level.  I know some people might say he’s not a coach but our research has shown that high performance is a very different environment where different rules apply.

    It reminded me of some work we did at a few years...

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    Posted Monday, December 15, 2014 - 09:29 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    How long can you keep coaches interested online?

    I was reading a journal article from a few years back about using social media to communicate sport science research. The aim of the project was to test if coaches would read research summaries of academic articles if they were posted online and advertised on a Facebook fan page. Previous research has found...

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    Posted Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 13:05 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    Surprised parents

    When people talk about coaches as parents it is probably important to note that there are two distinct groups here: parents who coach because of their children; and coaches who have children.

    Our research has found that around half of all coaches fall into the latter category, in other words they coach and they have children but the two are not necessarily connected. In contrast when...

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    Posted Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 14:28 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    Balance begins with the letter A

    By Nigel Hetherington, Freelance Sports Education Trainer @Nigel_BH

    As a child did you ever imagine rummaging through the whole of Santa’s gift sack - there would have been so many things to play with at Christmas!  However, if you were lucky enough, you...

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    Posted Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 10:37 by agrant with comment(s)

    Wanted: Male Coaches

    By sports coach UK Diversity & Inclusion Lead Sarah Milner @scohen_leeds

    Probably something you may not read very often?!

    Am I even allowed to write that?!

     Did you know that the coaching workforce in the UK is made up of 69% men and 31% women? When you look at the percentage of qualified coaches, men make up a whopping 83% of that...

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    Posted Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 15:40 by with comment(s)

    Coaching adult recreational sport

    By rugby coach, Paul Farrington @PAfarrington

    Having coached Touch Rugby for the past 10 years, working with both recreational adult and England International players at Touch World Cup level, I have recently seen this minority sport (but one of Australia and New Zealand’s largest) becoming the sport of choice for the RFU and RFL to deliver adult...

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    Posted Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 12:51 by with comment(s)

    Whacking a Coaching Myth, Sopranos Style

    By sports coach UK research Consultant Michael Hopkinson @mhopcoach

    I’ve recently started watching the Sopranos again, right from the beginning. If you haven’t seen it I can’t recommend it enough.

    Anyway, as I was making my way through Season 2 this week an episode that really stood out was Boca. It’s based on Tony’s daughter’s...

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    Posted Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 11:53 by with comment(s)

    Intuition in coaching

    When the ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky was asked for the secret of his success, he replied: ‘I don’t know; I just go to where the puck is going to be.’ Now, you can believe that one of the world’s greatest ice hockey players had some sort of clairvoyant talents, or you can look for other answers. Researchers in a recent journal article preferred the latter and pointed...

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    Posted Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 09:03 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    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)