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... Read more
Posted Friday, June 24, 2016 - 14:45 by StcyJyne with comment(s)
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... Read more
Posted Monday, June 20, 2016 - 16:24 by klindley with comment(s)
In 2013 we commissioned Loughborough University to look at adult recreational sport and the role of coaching. The research interviewed seventeen participants and three coaches and came up with four recommendations, two of which included that coaches require... Read more
Posted Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 11:07 by jmcilroy with comment(s)
In our recent survey of 1,500 coaches we found that 35% stated they would like more training on coaching disabled people.
This reminded me of some research we commissioned in... Read more
Posted Monday, June 13, 2016 - 13:29 by jmcilroy with comment(s)
Before you even start to think about designing your own e-learning course there are a few things you need to think about. But let’s first take a look at the definition for e-learning… “What is e-learning?”
If you search the Internet you will probably be faced with a few different definitions, “education via the Internet” and “Internet enabled... Read more
Posted Friday, June 10, 2016 - 13:03 by StcyJyne with comment(s)
As Euro 2016 kicks off tonight there will be several sets of supporters looking forward to their first time in the Big Time (or a long-awaited comeback). One of these is Iceland, the smallest nation to ever play in a major football tournament and they have an interesting coaching story to tell.
Barney Ronay has... Read more
Posted Friday, June 10, 2016 - 09:18 by jmcilroy with comment(s)
1530 - Some final thoughts
The UK Coaching Summit 2016 has come to an end here in Manchester and again there have once been some key themes running across all of today's sessions.
Working in partnership and collaborating with others will lead to success but this needs to be underpinned by the right workforce. The coaching workforce is going through a phase of... Read more
Posted Monday, June 6, 2016 - 16:00 by sbentall with 21 comment(s)
This year we surveyed 1,500 coaches about their coaching lives and what it means to be a coach. The results showed coaching provides an extremely positive experience for both those being coached and the coach themselves. It is primarily a volunteer activity that takes part in the... Read more
Posted Monday, June 6, 2016 - 15:19 by jmcilroy with comment(s)
The Relative Age Effect is well documented in sport and often leads to bias in assessing talent among young people. New research published in the Journal of Sports Science presents interesting evidence of how this could be reduced, based mainly on... Read more
Posted Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 09:24 by jmcilroy with comment(s)
As a coach you not only have to be skilled in the technical and physical aspects but also psychological. In the early stages of training and throughout, it is vital to be positive, filling your team with only positive thoughts will prepare them mentally for a tough session but attack the session as a challenge to themselves. Help your team block out the feeling of pain and discomfort and... Read more
Posted Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 15:50 by StcyJyne with comment(s)