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    Guest blog: Clicking for success: gameplay as coach learning

    Ben Oakley from The Open University outlines the background behind their new interactive game ‘Medal Quest’ which asks the game players ‘Can you guide a budding athlete from childhood potential to championship success?’

    It was a compelling challenge; how do you design an online game that compresses knowledge of...

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    Posted Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 11:22 by mrawson with comment(s)

    What is the role for coaching around doping?

    In a new journal article in Springer Plus researchers conducted a literature review on research on doping. One criticism they raised was that existing research tends to be athlete-centred and as such fails to consider context or culture.

    They argue that taking this broader (macro-level) view of the...

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    Posted Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 12:55 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    A sporting legacy

    The following ‘blog’ started out as a letter to my local newspaper. I wrote the letter because I couldn’t make the funeral of a local coach, however, after speaking with a colleague I was encouraged to turn this into a blog with the hope it would relate to other people and show how grass roots coaches do have a wide reaching effect and how they can and do make a difference,...

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    Posted Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 13:22 by StcyJyne with comment(s)

    Climate change and coaching

    The title of this blog may seem a bit odd, really what do coaches have to do with climate change? As we consider the future of coaching there have been plenty of trends discussed from an aging population to the rise of technology. However very little attention is paid to the weather, or to be more precise climate (and how it is changing)

    When you look at the data you can see that...

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    Posted Friday, August 12, 2016 - 10:04 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    Fantasy Football Coach – a new coaching offer?

    Sanchez or Hazard? Zlatan or Aguero? Or both? Apparently building your team around ‘Zaguero’ is already a “thing”.

    Yes, it’s that time again, fantasy football is back, so it’s time to choose, re-choose, change your mind, search the net, ask your friends, submit your team….then start all over again. And if you’re like me, play your...

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    Posted Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 11:57 by mhopkinson with comment(s)

    Guest Blog: Getting the most from your athletes…

    My experience as a high performance coach has been across sports ranging from Olympic and Paralympic skiing to GP2 single seater motor racing. And both individual and team sports including Rugby League and Football.

    The main benefits of goal setting I see are:
    1. Clarity for the body and mind on a daily basis
    2. Commitment to the journey and the work needed to be successful...

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    Posted Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 10:37 by StcyJyne with comment(s)

    Good relationships keep people in sport

    New research published by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) reveals that a successful “commitment interaction” instigated by a health club can be an effective way of improving retention.

    Speaking about the report, Jay Ablondi, IHRSA’s executive vice president of global products said.

    ‘Results show that any type of...

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    Posted Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 09:01 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    This blog may sacrifice short-term performance success

    There we go, I said it!  This blog may indeed sacrifice short-term performance success!  But it will more than make up for that in long term development, performance, well-being, injury prevention and participation.  So what is most important to you when coaching or teaching children or when you watch your own children play?

    Many models of child development through sport...

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    Posted Monday, July 25, 2016 - 14:29 by mrawson with 5 comment(s)

    Gotta Catch Em All

    Pokémon Go is taking over the world and has already been downloaded around 30 million times. But what does this mean for the world of sport, physical activity and coaching? I downloaded the app 5 days ago to see what it’s all about…


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    Posted Friday, July 22, 2016 - 14:08 by mrawson with comment(s)

    I can go higher

    I’m going behind the scenes again to chat to Kelly Montgomery who is the East London programme manager for Greenhouse Sports and directly manages a team of 12 coaches.

    I’ve known Kelly for many years, she and I were Sports Development Officers in neighbouring boroughs in London for a period of time so have a shared experience of what it is like working in London.


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    Posted Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 15:29 by mrawson with comment(s)