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    Who completed our survey?

    Last week we closed our annual research of coaches (called the Coaching Panel). This year we had a best ever response rate with over 3,700 coach completing the survey – thank you to all those who completed.

    So who completed the survey? Here are some findings about the coaches

    Traditionally coaching surveys have tended to include a higher number of coaches with...

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    Posted Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:39 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    Why psychological well-being is so important to talented young athletes

    I recently wrote a summary of research looking at psychological well-being of young people in talent development environments. The most interesting thing that struck me was the reason the researchers gave for conducting this type of work.

    With talented young athletes...

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    Posted Friday, January 16, 2015 - 09:52 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    Understanding your communication style can improve your coaching effectiveness

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I recently put together a summary of new research from America about communication preferences of coaches and athletes. One...

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    Posted Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 09:01 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    How to Build a RAINBOW

    Nigel Hetherington, Freelance Sports Education Trainer

    Twitter: @Nigel_BH

    As coaches can we be forgiven for having egos and taking the credit for the great performances of our teams and players?  Or, should coaches be altruistic at all times and not seek any egocentric success? 

    Coaching can be a thankless task, particularly for...

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    Posted Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 09:53 by agrant with comment(s)

    New year; new skills?

    By Amanda Allman, sports coach UK Development Lead Officer

    Around one in five Brits will make a New Year’s resolution to exercise and improve their fitness; and an estimated 6 million people will resolve to learn a new skill for personal development or hobby.

    So to help people in your region keep their New Year’s resolution in 2015 we have...

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    Posted Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 12:47 by with comment(s)

    Quiz for coaches – find out what the general public really think of you

    By Michael Hopkinson, sports coach UK Research Consultant

    I did loads of quizzes over Christmas and to varying degrees of success.
    I now know the tango is the dance of love, Sebastian Vettel holds the record for the most consecutive F1 race wins (nine in case you’re wondering) and Joan Collins is slightly older than Esther Rantzen.

    Granted, none of...

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    Posted Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 12:23 by with comment(s)

    Coaching and Safeguarding in 2015

    By David Turner sports coach UK Coaching Children Lead

    Name the most inspirational coach of your childhood and one thing is almost certain...However great that coach was, they didn’t have to worry about the range of new concerns in safeguarding...

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    Posted Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 10:37 by jhook with comment(s)

    Quiz for coaches – find out what the general public really think of you

    By Michael Hopkinson, sports coach UK Research Consultant

    I did loads of quizzes over Christmas and to varying degrees of success.

    I now know the tango is the dance of love, Sebastian Vettel holds the record for the most consecutive F1 race wins (9 in case you’re wondering) and Joan Collins is slightly older than Esther Rantzen.

    Granted, none of...

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    Posted Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 10:27 by with comment(s)

    Running shoes are for life, not just for Christmas

    By Amanda Allman, sports coach UK Development Lead Officer

    When the clock struck midnight on December 31 around nine million adults would have made a new year’s resolution to start exercise or improve their fitness.  So, as a coach you can expect new faces in your sessions.

    New members are great news for the health of any club but it also represents...

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    Posted Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 08:21 by with comment(s)

    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)