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    I joined sports coach UK after 10 exciting years at the RFL working as a National Player Development Manager.  I have had the pleasure to work with, and learn from, a great number of players and coaches who have helped me develop and grow as a coach.

    I have always been interested in creating the optimum environment for players to develop, improve and ultimately excel.  I have...

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    Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 14:21 by cpearce with 0 comment(s)

    Paul Miller: My top five

    By Paul Miller:

    Mental Muscle Company

    Talent Coach Breakfast Club Deliverer

    I have been coaching managers and leaders on how to improve their own 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 increasingly asked...

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    Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 13:54 by cpearce with 0 comment(s)

    Could having five similar interests with your players improve performance?

    An article in the Atlantic Magazine last week had the interesting headline ‘kids get better grades when they share similarities with teachers’. It discussed new research from Harvard University on social perspective-taking: in...

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    Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 09:41 by jmcilroy with 0 comment(s)

    What do you mean you’re tired?

    Our Research Consultant Michael has found some interesting guidance on the issue of tiredness among players.

    I’m tired today. Really tired.

    If I said that in the office everyone would probably laugh. Some might even say they’re feeling tired too.

    One thing’s for sure, there wouldn’t be a national outcry of the sort we saw last week during...

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    Posted Monday, October 20, 2014 - 10:32 by jmcilroy with 0 comment(s)

    We need a new sterotype of a coach

    If there is one piece of film I could erase from history it would be the football scene from Kes. Not because I dislike the scene or the film but because of the legacy it left for coaching.

    Once again (45 years later) this raised it's head at the start of an...

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    Posted Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 14:52 by jmcilroy with 0 comment(s)

    How Coaches Can Support World Mental Health Day

    by Sport in Mind- www.sportinmind.org

    Research shows us that 1 in 4 people in the United Kingdom will be affected by a mental health problem this year. If we take a second to think about it… that means for every Sunday league football match that takes place across the country at least 5 of those players that take to...

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    Posted Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 09:38 by with 0 comment(s)

    A Coaching Plan for England

    By Christopher Corfield Head of Policy at sports coach UK

    I’m Christopher and, alongside being a committed and long suffering follower of lower league football, I have what is often described as a ‘unique’ role working as Head of Policy across Sport England and sports coach UK.

    I know what you’re thinking, what does a Head of Policy do,...

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    Posted Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 09:35 by with 0 comment(s)

    Teaching Grandmother to suck eggs????

    By sports coach UK Inclusion Development Lead Officer Sarah Milner

    As a coach or a tutor you always provide a warm, positive welcome to your participants or delegates, don’t you? If this is the case then don’t bother reading on.....however.....

    As a coach or a tutor we are all guilty of rushing as we all have plans to follow and objectives to meet....

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    Posted Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 09:30 by with 0 comment(s)

    Learning from the best as Europe wins again

    By sports coach UK Research Consultant Michael Hopkinson

    As the dust settles on Europe’s latest Ryder Cup win, team captain Paul McGinley has received well-deserved praise for the way he masterminded this latest impressive victory.

    Ryder Cup captaincy is always a position that’s intrigued me from a coaching perspective. We can’t really say the...

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    Posted Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 09:26 by jhook with 0 comment(s)

    Did I tell you the one about the Cheetah’s coach?

    Did I tell you the one about the Cheetah’s coach?

    Nigel Hetherington, Freelance Sports Education Trainer

    Twitter: @Nigel_BH

    Imagine taking a cheetah away from its mother as a young cub; having a great sprints coach teach it to do the most technically proficient block start; then dropping it back into it’s...

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    Posted Monday, October 6, 2014 - 22:31 by agrant with 0 comment(s)