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    'We are family'

    When we discuss coaching talent and the pathway, invariably parents are raised by a number of coaches as a ‘challenge’. I often reply ‘parents do the wrong thing for the right reasons’; what do I mean by that. Well parents want to support their child, they want them to achieve, be successful and take away any risk, uncertainty and pain for their child.  As...

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    Posted Friday, October 6, 2017 - 13:17 by cchapman with comment(s)

    Top tips for parents in sport

    Parents in Sport Week is upon us again and always a fantastic time to reflect on the dedication of parents across the country in supporting their children to take part in sport and physical activity; a big thank you to them is perhaps the first place to start.  As an athlete who was once ferried to training and...

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    Posted Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 10:13 by dturner with comment(s)

    Parent Power: In support of Parents in Sport Week

    In support of Parents in Sport Week, I thought it would be interesting to interview a couple of parents whose daughters have come through the England Hockey talent pathway.  Even though the specifics are different, they both share some interesting and very connected reflections. Roger’s two daughters (Holly and Lauren) have come through the National Age Group programme and into the...

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    Posted Monday, October 2, 2017 - 12:49 by abradshaw with comment(s)

    National Fitness Day - a coach's perspective

    As part of UK Active's National Fitness Day - 27 September 2017 - gym operators and physical activity providers across the UK offer a wide range of free taster sessions to...

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    Posted Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 15:57 by jwright with comment(s)

    Guest Blog: Athletics And Mental Health: When Sport Triggers Unhealthy Behaviours

    About the author: Kim Travis is EDCare’s Director of Marketing. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organisational Leadership from CSU and a seasoned marketing professional with over 25 years of healthcare experience in marketing and operations. Before EDCare, Kim spent several years implementing, growing and managing...

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    Posted Monday, August 14, 2017 - 17:59 by with comment(s)

    Guest Blog: How coaches can create sensory environments for autistic children participating in sport

    About the author: Now working as a writer, Jackie Edwards, started her career in finance and banking, but after becoming a mother, refocused and decided to spend more time with her family and especially her son, who, like his mother has autism. When she's not writing, she volunteers for a number of local mental health charities and also has a menagerie of pets to look after.

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    Posted Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 13:16 by with comment(s)

    Building a stronger PE and School Sport Network for 'Successful Futures'

    Cardiff Metropolitan PE Conference Wales 2017 - #PECWales2017

    Building on the insight and recommendations of Professor Graham Donaldson in his published report Successful Futures: Independent Review of Curriculum and Assessment Arrangement in Wales (February 2015),...

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    Posted Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 12:18 by with comment(s)

    Emma Doyle: Coaching Female Athletes - empower and engage

    “Well she was a big ball of energy,"...was how several delegates described the delivery style of Emma Doyle during her expertly facilitated workshop offered to coaches from across Wales at the Sport Wales National Centre. A joint partnership between Tennis Wales and Sport Wales Community and Elite Sport teams, led to an inspiring and captivating event. With over 50 delegates in...

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    Posted Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 12:02 by with comment(s)

    Guest Blog: Shining a light on mental health awareness

    We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. Sport and physical activity has been proven to have a positive effect on our mental health. We also know that being coached improves the satisfaction of those taking part in sport and physical activity. Yet, a recent survey from...

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    Posted Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 12:56 by cblain with comment(s)

    Move it or lose it - maintaining good mental health

    At UK Coaching we are a signatory of the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation. The charter outlines five action points which we must adhere to, including: 'Promote positive public health messages using diverse role models and ambassadors to...

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    Posted Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - 12:22 by cblain with comment(s)