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    How coaching can help design fitness Apps

    I recently read a review of research that has been conducted into devices for monitoring physical activity. One of the conclusions the authors came to was

    ‘Co-operative work between engineers, computer scientists, and...

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    Posted Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 11:39 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    The evidence shows Coaching Delivers

    Over the last few years there has been an explosion of data about coaches, who they are, and what they do. However what seems to be lost in all of this is perhaps the most important finding – that coaches do a very good job!

    I was recently looking through this research for a presentation and came up with four examples of how coaching delivers:

    1. People who use a...
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    Posted Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 09:44 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    70:20:10 - Formal education isn’t bad, bad formal education is bad

    Over the past few months I have heard the 70-20-10 rule of learning mentioned in multiple conversations. Often without the depth of understanding for its philosophy or origin. And with it has come a demise of the 10% (is formal education really that bad).

    Therefore I thought I’d put my views out there (based on reading and experience - not an...

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    Posted Friday, May 13, 2016 - 13:18 by klindley with comment(s)

    London's Coaching Women

    sports coach UK Coaching Network Manager, Steven Bentall has been writing a series a blogs featuring some of the women who instruct, lead, coach or manage some of the 8.6 million people in the Capital. Here’s a handy summary of the blogs to date:


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    Posted Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 11:26 by StcyJyne with comment(s)

    My Life is Sport

    This month I’m chatting with sport enthusiast, coach, instructor and business owner Marnie Wills. Originally from Australia, Marnie moved to the UK in 2005 and established her own sports education business in 2014. Initially a PE teacher, her goal was to start sports specific fitness holiday camps for children. This quickly developed into a niche offering of early years fundamentals...

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    Posted Monday, May 9, 2016 - 16:22 by sbentall with comment(s)

    Social Media tips for coaches

    I recently read an article in the ITF Coaching and Sport Science Review by Mauricio Córdova about five tips for tennis coaches to start using social media. While two are more around professional tennis coaches improving their career prospects there were another three which are worth sharing more widely....

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    Posted Monday, May 9, 2016 - 15:39 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    Guest Blog: First ME TIME Leaders lady completes Lifeguard Qualification in Luton

    We are so proud of Nazia Qamar who is the first of the 16 ladies on our Me Time Leaders/Active Luton programme to pass her National Pool Lifeguard Qualification including Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and Emergency First Aid.

    Nazia is currently studying Outdoor Education at Chichester University and is keen to start using the qualification...

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    Posted Monday, May 9, 2016 - 13:58 by StcyJyne with comment(s)

    Women in Coaching Panel Event

    On April 28 I attended a panel discussion hosted by Leeds Beckett University at Headingley Carnegie Stadium. The topic of conversation was 'The Lives and Careers of Women as Sports Coaches' and the panel comprised of women coaches from grass root to high performance level who were more than qualified to speak on matters.

    Dr Leanne Norman, Senior Research Fellow in Coaching at...

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    Posted Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 18:02 by StcyJyne with comment(s)

    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)