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    Could social media motivate your friends to take up sport?

    New research from VisitBritain shows that content posted on social media (and especially photos) motivates others to want to visit a destination. Perhaps not surprisingly when you see your friends having fun somewhere cool you...

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    Posted Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 14:26 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    Who is a coach?

    As the world of sport shifts towards more flexible activities is it time to change how what we think of as a coach?

    This is one of the questions we are asking now as part of new research on how and why people play sport and who helps them do it.

    Early results suggest the traditional club coach is...

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    Posted Monday, November 23, 2015 - 15:05 by jmcilroy with 1 comment(s)

    The difference between elite and typical coaching

    As Eddie Jones takes over as the England rugby coach we now have two of the biggest sports (rugby and cricket) with an overseas coach. The temptation is to see this as a reflection of coaching throughout the country (that foreign coaches are better trained) but there are two pieces of research we have done that would argue against this type of thinking.

    • When we looked at...
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    Posted Friday, November 20, 2015 - 09:40 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    Extreme nurture or slow cooked children in sport – does it matter?

    Early specialisation in sport can be an emotive issue. Is it a good thing, is it a bad thing or is it not as simple as all that?  Well if you’re someone who needs the answer in the first paragraph then I’ll say it’s usually not good news for a child’s later development in sport, though there are some notable exceptions like gymnastics.  If that’s not...

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    Posted Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 12:58 by StcyJyne with 1 comment(s)

    Guest Blog: “It took you how long?” An appreciation of the ‘training journey’ as a consideration for coaching behaviour!

    Whatever the weather or hurdles experienced along the way, players, athletes, parents and participants arrive for training. Each of them will have their own stories of the challenges they faced to get there on time. But why is this worthy of consideration by the coach? How could it be viewed to ensure harmonious relationships between all involved? This ‘harmony’ has been shown as...

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    Posted Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 15:49 by StcyJyne with comment(s)

    Guest Blog: Coaching, Playing and Innovating……Change is Good!

    At the sports coach UK Level 4 Coaches Conference there was a real buzz in the room as the conference allowed elite level coaches from many sports  to be able to share knowledge and swap experiences. I was delighted to be able to attend the first of hopefully many cross-sport elite coaching events showcasing the value of continual professional...

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    Posted Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 14:58 by StcyJyne with comment(s)

    Guest Blog: Reflection Using Photos

    A friend of mine likes to ‘take the mickey’ out of my PhD research. ‘You can’t call that research’, he tells me; ‘it’s just a notebook about “what I did down the club today”’. I try to ignore him, because the fact remains that reflective practice, by which I mean critical reflective practice, is bloody hard work. It’s hard for...

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    Posted Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 15:15 by StcyJyne with comment(s)

    Some good sport news and a blog within a blog

    On my way home tonight – only a one hour journey – I heard three sport stories on the radio. All three related to different sports and all three were extremely negative. Corruption, cheating, fraud, you name it. They all painted what we love in a very bad light.

    And that was just the news section. When it got to the sport stories I turned it off after hearing about another...

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    Posted Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 09:56 by mhopkinson with 1 comment(s)

    Re-thinking Gamification for sport and physical activity

    I recently game across an interesting article that makes you stop and think about Apps, gamification in sport and physical activity, and future sustainability.

    Apps represent a promising opportunity for...

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    Posted Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 10:39 by jmcilroy with 1 comment(s)

    The Power of Coaching

    I have been prompted to write this blog by my colleagues after sharing an email I received that brightened my Monday morning and reminded me why we volunteer and why we coach.

    ‘X and I were discussing yesterday what an important role Club Hockey- and more specifically YOU- have played in her life and how you have helped to shape her into the driven,...

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    Posted Monday, November 2, 2015 - 14:15 by StcyJyne with 2 comment(s)