A question I’ve always wondered about is how many people receive coaching each week? Although you can find data from the Active People Survey produced by Sport England it will only tell you about adults. However we know that coaches often work with both adults and children throughout their... Read more
Posted Monday, May 20, 2013 - 16:37 by jmcilroy with 0 comment(s)
What do you get for £2.5 billion these days? A quick scan through the internet will tell you:
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 14:34 by jmcilroy with 0 comment(s)
About this time last year I was driving past the football stadium of the University of Louisville thinking to myself how can a university stadium be bigger than most Premier League grounds in England? This sums up university sport in America which is so much bigger than elsewhere. Even when it comes to research on coaching we find it is heavily influenced by the experience of coaches in... Read more
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 11:33 by jmcilroy with 0 comment(s)
If you’re interested in coaching youth sport a new book to look out for in July is Rick Albrecht’s ‘Coaching Myths: fifteen wrong ideas in youth sport.’
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Posted Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 09:28 by jmcilroy with 0 comment(s)
One group we know next to nothing about is unqualified coaches. So earlier this year we set out to conduct research on coaches we consider ‘outside the system’. However it didn’t take long for us to realise that the term ‘outside the system’ means different things to different people!
During the fieldwork (undertaken by the University of Edinburgh) we found... Read more
Posted Monday, April 22, 2013 - 09:13 by jmcilroy with 0 comment(s)
Some figures we often quote show that 20% of coaches get involved in coaching through their children’s involvement in sport while 56% start through an ex-player route. However things start to get interesting when you look at the differences in individual sports as is shown by the graphics below.
In netball the 20% parental route is the sameas the average but the ex-... Read more
Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 14:14 by jmcilroy with 0 comment(s)
I recently came across a report looking at factors contributing to the retention of sport officials in Canada (thanks to the ever useful SIRC newsletter). The study of over 1000... Read more
Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 09:54 by jmcilroy with 0 comment(s)
In the final set of our Word Clouds about good children’s coaching we look at what parents think makes a good coach. As you can see above ‘knowledge’ and ‘experience’ stand out – this is probably what the coaches referred to when they emphasised ‘skills’ as... Read more
Posted Friday, April 12, 2013 - 10:04 by jmcilroy with 0 comment(s)
Yesterday we showed you a Word Cloud of key words coaches use when they describe a good children’s coach. Today we’ve reversed the it and have produced a word cloud of key words coaches use to describe a bad children’s coach.
The words are what you would expect to see -... Read more
Posted Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 09:32 by jmcilroy with 0 comment(s)
Recently we’ve been experimenting with different ways of presenting data and above is another attempt – the Word Cloud. We asked a number of children’s coaches what they thought makes a good coach of children aged 7-11. The Word Cloud then presents this data in a picture with the words used most often... Read more
Posted Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 16:23 by jmcilroy with 0 comment(s)