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    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)

    Using coaches to meet the demand for more activity

    New research has shown that almost 40% of adults in the UK would like to be more active to improve their health.However the biggest hurdles appear to be motivation and a fear that they are not fit enough (around a quarter of adults...

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    Posted Friday, October 3, 2014 - 12:00 by jmcilroy with 0 comment(s)

    How the quality of coaching has increased over the last 10 years

    I recently wrote a blog that showed how the number of people who believe coaching has improved their enjoyment of sport has increased over the last 10 years - 81% of participants who are coached believe this now compared to 53% in 2004.

    Figuring out why this has happened is a lot more...

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    Posted Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 09:48 by jmcilroy with 0 comment(s)

    What motivates paid coaches to gain another qualification?

    One of the things we discovered while conducting our latest analysis on coaching outside clubs was a link between payment and level of qualification – a higher proportion of paid coaches are qualified at level 3 or above.

    Traditional economic theory will tell you...

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    Posted Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 16:30 by jmcilroy with 0 comment(s)