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    How can we make sport science more accessible?

    I recently read an article about sports science knowledge of coaches in Turkey. One of the most interesting questions they asked was what would be the ideal sources of knowledge for coaches. This is different to the question we usually ask about what sources coaches actually use.

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    Posted Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 14:09 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    Complexity in the coaching system

    One of my favourite books is Alice in Wonderland. While analysing the result from a recent survey of 3,7000 coaches it struck me how coaching is its own Wonderland. In essence some of the results are a muddle.

    To give two examples:

    • The most valuable piece of CPD is being used less and less often.
    • The most impressionable participants are taught by the least...
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    Posted Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 14:01 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    Girls Who Can: It Starts With a Coach Who Can

    Girls Who Can:  It Starts With a Coach Who Can

    This month, in recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8th our regular guest blogger, Nigel Hetherington, is delighted to introduce Greta Hart Montgomery, a fellow Coach and Sport Educator, as author of this months blog.

    Greta Hart Montgomery, Sports Education Trainer


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    Posted Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 22:23 by agrant with comment(s)

    My Top Five Talent Books

    Guest Blogger from Mental Muscle Company and Talent Coach Breakfast Club Deliverer Paul Miller

    I have been coaching managers and leaders on how to improve theirs and their team’s performance since 2000. During that time I had been heavily involved in coaching boys and girls how to play Basketball.  I was increasing asked by parents to spend time on a one to...

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    Posted Monday, March 2, 2015 - 20:21 by jhook with comment(s)

    What do the new Units mean for sports qualifications?

    By sports coach UK Coach Education Advisor Anne Baker

    Coach Education qualifications and training are undergoing the biggest change since the start of the UKCC over ten years ago.

    Ten years on, with the recognition that qualifications are a starting point on a coach’s journey, governing bodies of sport are considering the development of the coach from...

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    Posted Monday, March 2, 2015 - 20:06 by jhook with comment(s)

    Why Cancer Prevention Must Start in Childhood

    By guest blogger Michelle Baker of the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund

    A recent study by Cancer Research UK warns that the UK is facing a cancer “crisis”. The leading cancer charity reveals that ‘one in two’ people will now develop cancer within their lifetime, a figure which is up from the previous prediction of ‘one in three...

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    Posted Monday, March 2, 2015 - 19:54 by jhook with comment(s)

    This Girl Can Coach, Can’t She?

    By sports coach UK Research Consultant Michael Hopkinson

    Mindful of International Women’s Day on 8 March, here’s a little game for you. The quotes below are from an international-level female whose role includes preparing one of the world’s top teams for their biggest games. The question is: Is she a coach, or not?


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    Posted Monday, March 2, 2015 - 19:45 by jhook with comment(s)

    Why am I not Normal?

    By sports coach UK Coach Education Advisor Rachel Hooper

    I was recently asked to speak at the Women in Sport Insight Series Conference about my journey as a coach. When preparing my presentation I focussed on the current research that shows only 17% of all female coaches are qualified, and this is mainly at levels one and two. I questioned what is was that has led me to...

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    Posted Monday, March 2, 2015 - 19:25 by with comment(s)

    Why there are more than just paid coaches and volunteers

    Traditionally we talk about coaches as either volunteers or being paid. However there has always been a suspicion in our surveys that there is a bit of a grey area in between. So this year we came up with a new wording for surveys and gave coaches four options:

    • I'm a volunteer
    • I volunteer but get paid for some of the coaching I do
    • I get paid for coaching part...
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    Posted Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 09:05 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    The value of coach education

    New research published this week in America showed that young American football players are less likely to get hurt or sustain head injuries when playing for coaches who have been trained in teaching proper tackling fundamentals.

    Those who played for...

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    Posted Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 14:27 by jmcilroy with comment(s)