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    Sports coach in my pocket

    Our Research Consultant Michael talks about the opportunities new Apps provide for coaches

    A couple of weeks ago I had a chat with some colleagues about technology, specifically how we thought things like coaching apps fit in our definition of coaching and the wider coaching family.

    Unsurprisingly we found it very difficult to pinpoint a position, but I revisited the...

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    Posted Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 10:34 by jmcilroy with 0 comment(s)

    How coaching improves enjoyment of sport

    Sometimes you can be so close to something that you don’t notice how it is changing. It’s only by taking a step back that you see the whole picture. A good example of this is to look at how many people think coaching improves their enjoyment of sport.

    This has been a standard question in research we have conducted with people who are coached but I can’t remember ever...

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    Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 11:28 by jmcilroy with 0 comment(s)

    Parents as coaches

    This weekend on Twitter there were a few virtual eyebrows raised by the statistic '20% of coaches became involved through their children's involvement in sport'. Most people think it would be higher so I thought I'd clarify the point. 

    The first thing to say is that this does not mean that the other 80% of coaches are not parents of children at the club. Instead the...

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    Posted Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 17:49 by jmcilroy with 0 comment(s)

    The rise of the Smartphone/Tablet in coaching

    The rise of Smartphones, Tablets and other wireless devices in coaching (especially among paid coaches) is something we reported on a few years ago. It makes sense, coaches learn most on the job (or court or pitch) and having access to...

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    Posted Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 09:09 by jmcilroy with 0 comment(s)

    Coaching Disabled People: What Coaches Need to know

    All coaches should be able to welcome disabled people into their club sessions. However, what does that mean in practice? What can you do to ensure this is the case?

    sports coach UK asked the same question. So we commissioned Leeds Metropolitan University to do some research on what disabled people’s experiences of sport and being coached are.

    We then took this research the...

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    Posted Monday, August 4, 2014 - 09:01 by scohen with 0 comment(s)

    The Multi-skills Coaching Podcast

    The Multi-skills Coaching Podcast

    Andy Grant, sports coach UK Assistant Head of Coach Education (Interim)

    Twitter @andygrantfc

    With the Commonwealth Games taking place in Glasgow this summer and the consequent focus on a multitude of different sports and athletes, this Podcast and blog provided an opportune moment to...

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    Posted Friday, August 1, 2014 - 11:54 by agrant with 0 comment(s)

    Things might get Messi if you focus on Multi-Skills

    Lionel Mess FIFA World Cup 2014 Golden Ball WinnerNigel Hetherington may be one of the most knowledgeable multi-skills coaches you are likely to meet. I had the pleasure of chatting with Nigel when we both took part in the recent Online Coaches Hangout. Nigel is...

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    Posted Friday, August 1, 2014 - 11:05 by agrant with 0 comment(s)

    New publications from Research

    This has been a busy week for the Research Team as we published two new reports and a Webinar.

    The first report was on the impact of coaches and coaching on participants. This was a new avenue of research for us as we tend to spend our time talking to those doing the coaching rather than those being coached! The results confirmed what we’ve always thought, that coaching makes a...

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    Posted Friday, August 1, 2014 - 09:32 by jmcilroy with 0 comment(s)

    Life after Games: Reflections of a Retired Athlete

    As the XX Commonwealth Games draws to a close in Glasgow, I have to admit, I am a little relieved. Not because yet another great sporting event is over, but because I don’t think my emotions can take much more.

    Year in year out it is the same; hundreds of athletes from around the globe come together to experience what it is like to be part of an exclusive event that most people...

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    Posted Friday, August 1, 2014 - 09:30 by jhook with 0 comment(s)

    Coaching and the Language of Learning

    By sports coach UK Coach Education Advisor Jon Woodward

    My 3 year old daughter and I were driving the other day and she was intently playing with my iPhone listening to music and playing games. Questions arose from the back seat:

    “I can’t find the Frozen app – where is it?”

    “Why is Frozen not downloaded on your phone?”...

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    Posted Friday, August 1, 2014 - 09:25 by jhook with 0 comment(s)