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    Coaching and Moral Dilemmas in Sport

    Guest blogger Doris Matosic from the University of Birmingham talks about her research on coaching and moral dilemmas

    Sport coaches play a major role in creating effective training environments that help shape athletes’ sport experiences. To help us understand the effects of the training environment on athletes’ experiences, I have been conducting research on this...

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    Posted Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 13:25 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    Could major controversy be the best thing to happen to women’s golf in years?

    Last week’s Solheim Cup saw an epic comeback from the USA to snatch the title from under the noses of Team Europe.

    But after the dust had settled, no-one was talking about the score, or the key players, or the moments that swung the tie in America’s favour.

    All anyone talked about was what happened on the 17thhole during Sunday’s final fourball match. Alison Lee...

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    Posted Friday, September 25, 2015 - 14:28 by mhopkinson with comment(s)

    Young people are more active if they have control over their actions

    I recently read that researchers from the University of Georgia (UGA) found students who don't feel in control of their exercise choices, or who feel pressured by adults to be more...

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    Posted Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 09:10 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    World Cup Warm Up #5 rugby coaching philosophies around the world

    I recently read about new research with coaches in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa* which found some very different philosophies about how they foster players, succeed in coaching and develop values.

    • New Zealanders felt they cared about their players, both on and off the field. They viewed them as people and rugby players. They also viewed payers and coaches as equal...
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    Posted Friday, September 18, 2015 - 08:45 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    World Cup Warm up #4 The best recruiting agents for rugby coaching? Children.

    With World Cup kick-off jsut two days away we expect the interest in rugby to be on the up over the next months. This could mean an increase in the need for coaches so we looked at our research to ask the question - where would you find them?

    The first thing to say is that these new coaches are likely to be a bit older than the average coach. Our research has found...

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    Posted Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 09:00 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    World Cup Warm Up #3 Will coaching be more data management than man management?

    Our research consultant Michael looks at how technology could affect coaches in rugby and football

    Technology changing players is something researchers from the University of Bath identified when investigating the technologies used in professional rugby union. They warned against...

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    Posted Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 09:00 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    Add colour to your coaching conversations

    Chris Chapman, Talent and Performance Development Lead Officer, blogs:

    In the modern coaching world of apps, websites and spreadsheets there is no shortage of ways of collecting data.  In fact the biggest challenge is not what data and information to collect but not to collect too much that you can't use it!  In the talent...

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    Posted Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 20:48 by mrawson with comment(s)


    Nicola White, Development Lead Officer, blogs:

    Young people want unmissable experiences when they take part in sport. For more young people to take part in sport regularly, they need coaches to understand and engage them. Check out his short animation that includes some suggestions and ideas based on the Youth Insights from Sport England to...

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    Posted Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 19:55 by mrawson with comment(s)

    Sisters are doing it for themselves

    Observing Siblings as Coaches, and how this can relate to coaching groups and teams

    Whilst on holiday this summer, as most families do, we spent a huge amount of time in and around the pool. Having 2 young children, this involves a lot of time ‘coaching’ them to improve their technique, having fun and, in the case of my youngest...

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    Posted Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 19:46 by mrawson with 1 comment(s)

    Guest Blog: A grandstand view of leadership

    Catherine Baker set up Sport and Beyond to help people become better at what they do.  Throughout her career, Catherine has had one foot firmly rooted in the corporate world, and the other in the world of sport.  Catherine and her team are passionate about seeing more female leaders in the world of sport. More than this though they want to help...

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    Posted Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 19:37 by mrawson with comment(s)