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    Is a fitness trainer a coach?

    Although we have never asked people the question above when we conducted research with the general public we found the answer was both yes and no!

    On the one hand people would happily talk about a personal trainer when asked to talk about their coaching experience – so yes a personal trainer is a coach in their eyes.

    But when you go into detail about how the general public...

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    Posted Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 16:43 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    What’s in a Talent Seminar?

    Paul Connolly, Coaching Advisor for sports coach UK, blogs on our Talent Seminars and the feedback recieved so far:

    The concept of bringing coaches together from a variety of sports to network and share to develop a community of practice is well known. That’s why after a successful run of Talent Breakfast events in the past, we decided to create our...

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    Posted Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 15:27 by mrawson with comment(s)

    Money in sport for women: a long term vision

    Sarah Milner, sports coach UK Inclusion and Diversity lead, blogs on the gender ineqaulity and discrepancy in prize funds in sport:

    With the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio just around the corner I thought I would take a moment to look at how the discrepancy in prize funds that still exist between men and women in elite...

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    Posted Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 13:24 by mrawson with comment(s)

    Can you make someone a good coach?

    What makes a good coach? This is a question that is endlessly debated, mainly around what ‘good’ actually means or how could you measure it.

    Just as beauty is the eye of the beholder so you could argue that a coach is good if the person facing them (the participant) thinks so. Our research has shown that people in the same session may often have different things...

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    Posted Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 11:52 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    Will coaching eventually become more data management than man management?

    Our research consultant Michael looks at some technology stories that could affect coaches

     The Guardian recently published an interesting article about technological advancements in football. It cited the Women’s World Cup Final as a landmark moment...

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    Posted Friday, August 14, 2015 - 09:48 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    Guest Blog: The other giant leap for mankind

    Ben Oakley, Head of Childhood, Youth and Sport at The Open University, looks at Jonathan Edwards and his world record breaking triple jump.

    The other giant leap for mankind: how this athlete set a world record that’s still standing 20 years later.

    In the late evening Scandinavian sun at the...

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    Posted Friday, August 7, 2015 - 12:57 by mrawson with comment(s)

    Why grassroots football coaches are better than the Premier League

    As the Premier League kicks off this week I’m sure we’re in for another season of coaches behaving badly. This is probabaly the result of working in a highly stressful, results orientated job where your every move is scrutinised and talked about. However the danger is that this becomes the way people view all football coaches which our research suggests would do grassroots coaches...

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    Posted Friday, August 7, 2015 - 09:40 by jmcilroy with comment(s)

    Looks or skill?

    I read an article recently that described how decisions to provide funding online can be influenced by looks.

    An analysis of activity on Kiva (a website that allows people to invest small sums in low-income entrepreneurs around the...

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    Posted Monday, August 3, 2015 - 17:01 by jmcilroy with 1 comment(s)

    Guest blog: Organisational resilience - should I use the word love?

    The purpose of a recent study undertaken by our university was to explore the conditions and considerations for facilitating organisational resilience in a professional sport context.

    Developing a resilient environment and culture is important in order to maximise both performance and well being in increasingly complex and competitive circumstances. It can also be linked to a positive...

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    Posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 10:51 by mrawson with comment(s)

    coaching continues to have a very positive impact on participants

    Our Research Consultant Michael talks about his latest work on year two of a four year research project.

    The 2015 Participant Survey reinforces many of the positive messages we identified in the first year’s research. In short, coaching continues to have a very positive impact.

    However, this year we went a little deeper and spoke to some people by phone. What we...

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    Posted Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 09:30 by jmcilroy with comment(s)