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    Podcasts: The 'C' System of Coaching Children, Relative Age Effect, Highlights from Youth Physical Development Model

    Children's Lead at Sports Coach UK, David Turner, recorded the following three podcasts for Sport Scotland. The suite deals with a range of topics and starts with the The ‘C’ System of Coaching Children.  NB If you're using Internet Explorer, please update the browser to the latest version to hear these podcasts.

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    Posted Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 22:08 by dturner with comment(s)

    Guest Blog: What coaching pathway are you on?

    About the author: Matt Blandford is a MRes Sport Science student at Portsmouth Uni, researching elite cricket coach development.

    About the blog: Matt shares this thoughts from his research on what it takes to become an elite coach; highlighting three main trajectories. Does one fit your journey?

    Elite coaching pathways are far more than the series of coaching...

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    Posted Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 16:01 by cchapman with comment(s)

    Guest Blog: We are more together

    About the author: Wendy Russell is a hockey coach for Brighton & Hove Hockey Club. In 2015 she was awarded Disability Coach of the Year at the UK Coaching Awards for her work creating the only deaf hockey club in the country (at the time), which involved developing 40 new...

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    Posted Monday, March 20, 2017 - 17:55 by with comment(s)

    Four ways coaches can help more women get active

    As a coach you may have been inspired by the #ThisGirlCan celebration of active women. Sports Coach UK wants to support the campaign by providing coaches with practical ideas to help women overcome the fear of judgement, which stops them from joining in.

    Here are four essential ways ...

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    Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 17:22 by LBurkinshaw with comment(s)

    Your turn to get more women coaching

    Fewer women regularly participate in sport (31.9% of women as opposed to 40.5% of men), which is why Sport England launched #ThisGirlCan, to celebrate active women and girls, and to ecourage ...

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    Posted Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 14:53 by scohen with comment(s)

    Guest Blog: Coaching: A Sacred Trust

    About the author: Tom Sexton was born in Philadelphia in 1939 and was raised in Oaklyn, New Jersey. He graduated from Camden Catholic High School in 1956 and immediately entered the United States Marine Corps. Tom began teaching Latin and English in Pitman High School in New Jersey in 1964 and began coaching cross country in 1965. Two years later he began teaching at...

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    Posted Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 17:22 by with comment(s)

    Developing players who can think for themselves

    Anyone who wants to know why it is important to develop players who can think for themselves should have a look at the England/Italy rugby game at the weekend. Faced with unexpected tactics the England players struggled to get a grip on the game, even asking the referee for advice and receiving the soon to be famous reply ‘I’m the referee, not your coach.’

    England ran...

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    Posted Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 12:33 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    First impressions count

    Previous research has shown that a coach’s reputation precedes them and participants react differently based on stories they might have been told about a coach. Now our latest research has also shown the importance of the first impressions people make about...

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    Posted Friday, February 24, 2017 - 15:41 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    Nutrition and hydration for physical activity

    This is not a diet.

    Try these 5 ways to eat healthy and stay hydrated:

    1. Eat two small meals instead of one
    2. Plan time to eat so you don’t rush meals
    3. Keep a food diary – there’s an app for that
    4. Drink small amounts often – think water first
    5. Follow a healthy eating plan 80% of the time

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    Posted Monday, February 20, 2017 - 11:37 by sajaib with comment(s)

    Do you ever hide behind a session plan?

    The phrase ‘hiding behind a session plan’ emerged from focus groups we conducted recently with adults who are new to sport and physical activity. It struck me as a good way to summarise the...

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    Posted Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 13:08 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

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