About Us


    Who have you been coached by in your life?

    BLUE = male coach  RED=female coach

    When we looked at who plays sport and who they are being coached by we found that male and female participants will have a different experience of coaching as they grow up.

    For boys and men their experience is almost wholly with a male coach. For girls and women the options are greater. Two thirds of girls are coached by women but as they...

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    Posted Monday, June 29, 2015 - 09:12 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    How coaching makes a difference

    People often ask ‘does coaching make a difference?’ or ‘how can we tell coaching makes an impact?’

    One of the ways to answer this is to ask the people on the receiving end, the participants. This is exactly what we did in 2004 and 2015 (in surveys of 10,000 people and 2,000 people respectively). As you can see from the interactive graphic below the percentage of...

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    Posted Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 16:45 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    Technology in Action
















    by Steve Bentall, sports coach UK Coaching Network Manager

    In previous blogs I’ve been...

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    Posted Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 09:19 by jdriscoll with comment(s)

    Coaches are doing more CPD than ever

    Our latest research has found the very promising statistics that 84% of coaches had undertaken some form of continuing personal development (CPD) in the last 12 months. This figure is higher than 2014 when 76% of coaches had undertaken CPD. The results show that although the...

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    Posted Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 09:38 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    What will happen now more coaches are starting later in life?

    Our latest research has shown that since 2008 the average age at which people start coaching has increased from 26 to 30. This has been caused primarily by fewer young people under 24 coming into coaching and staying involved (down from 50% to 40%). The effect of this change will only become clear over a longer period of time but it is possible to foresee a knock-on impact on retention.

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    Posted Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 11:41 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    Improving the flow of information from research to practice

    We know there is some excellent coaching research that happens in the UK but often it lies hidden in academic journals or stays in the world of academia. Our ambition is to act as a bridge between the two worlds of research and practice.

    One of the first things we wanted to do was reduce the myriad of coaching research into a manageable set of themes for coaching. We knew we couldn...

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    Posted Monday, June 8, 2015 - 09:41 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    Knowing Stuff Used To Be Important

    By Steve Bentall, Coaching Network Manager

    Now we can just find stuff out. This was the message that opened my first session at this years UK Coaching Summit in Cardiff. The theme of this year’s Summit was ‘The Future of Coaching’ and I chose to attend a number of sessions that would embrace this theme across the two days.

    So back to my first...

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    Posted Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 17:44 by jhook with comment(s)

    Women in Coaching

    by Mike Dale, Managing Editor (Magazines)

    Women in coaching was a central theme to day two at the UK Coaching Summit in Cardiff, culminating in the announcement of Project 3000.

    The major initiative, which aims to recruit...

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    Posted Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 23:42 by jhook with comment(s)

    The Future of Coaching

    By Mike Dale, Managing Editor (Magazines)

    Society is changing. We’re living longer, busier and more demanding lives, but we’re also tech-savvy, health- and image-conscious. The challenge for coaching is how to adapt to these trends.

    This subject made for a fascinating debate on the first morning of the 10th UK Coaching Summit, co-hosted by...

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    Posted Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 17:45 by jhook with comment(s)

    As a coach who should you turn to for advice?

    A consistent finding in our research is that coaches learn by interacting with other coaches. We have found that they do this a lot and it makes a real impact on their coaching. While reading a piece of research on youth coaches two other rarely considered options sprung to mind.

    Meet the parents

    Generally the perception of parents in youth sport is that they can be a...

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    Posted Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 09:32 by jmcilroy with comment(s)