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 selected six books which I think you will find useful as a coach and have certainly helped me reflect and challenge my coaching.
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 by parents to spend time on a one-to-one basis with their children around managing their emotions during games. So I set out to discover more about how to support young athletes.
Rachel Hooper: Rowing Coach
I was recently asked how much I get paid to coach. When I responded that the hours I give are voluntary I was met with a shocked reaction and the question ‘so you just do it because you love it?’.
That’s exactly why I do it. Not specifically because I love coaching, but because I love sport and the impact it can have on people’s lives.
By Esther Jones: sports coach UK Coaching Advisor
I was always very keen on sport and being active and dreamed of one day being at the Olympics, and owning a GB tracksuit. My sporting hero was Daley Thompson. At this time there were no disabled role models (this was before Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson gained world-wide recognition) and I certainly had not heard of the Paralympics!!!
By Keith Antoine
How did I get into disability athletics?
By Dave Turner: sports coach UK Development Lead for Children and Schools
For my latest blog I thought it would be nice to write about how I personally became a coach and the huge positives this has brought me over the past few years. Now this might sound like a sales pitch at first! But please bear with me as I hope to use this blog to also dispel a few of those myths about coaching that seem ever present.
By John Driscoll: Executive Director, sports coach UK
I’m at the edge of a crowd watching a film of Watkins and Grainger winning gold at London 2012. The room is quiet – we all know the outcome - but the film brings back all the tension of the moment. As I wipe away a tear, I sense the tall woman standing next to me tremble with emotion. She’s seen the same clip many times, but it still has that effect.
As part of Liz Burkinshaw’s ‘I Love Coaching’ month, I thought I’d take this as an opportunity to write my first ever blog....so here goes!
Sport and in particular coaching have always been a major part of my life. It started by being brought up by my Mum to be a Leeds United fan (some would question their ability to play a sport...) I was also involved in athletics and hockey to a decent level and later in life discovered netball – the sport that saw me get into, and love, coaching.
By Jon Woodward: sports coach UK Coach Education Advisor
Will Smith, in his previous guise of the Fresh Prince and accompanied by DJ Jazzy Jeff, rapped about how parents just don’t understand. Whilst it was aimed at parents not understanding teenagers growing up, can this be applied to parents understanding sport? I would hope not.
By Rachel Hooper: Coach Education Advisor at sports coach UK
I recently read a tweet from a university fresher that read: ‘Mature Students. Why do you ask so many questions? #geeks’.
Having been a mature student myself, I knew exactly what the tweet was referring to. I was the one at the front wanting to ask more questions and getting frustrated when others were talking at the back. I was interested in the subject and I wanted to learn more about it.