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It makes sense but it’s no game. The challenge of moving to a games based approach to coaching

Adopting a games based approach to coaching is a popular idea. It has the ability to create thinking players and moves away from a traditional approaches of the coach as the only person with all the answers.

However games based approaches have never really broken in the mainstream. One of the reasons for this is while it may sound easy in principle it is actually very difficult to do.  

Finding the balance between competence and personality when coaching men and women

In 2013 we commissioned Loughborough University to look at adult recreational sport and the role of coaching. The research interviewed seventeen participants and three coaches and came up with four recommendations, two of which included that coaches require interpersonal skills but also competence in the sport they coach.

Our coaching survey provides a picture of coaching in 2016

This year we surveyed 1,500 coaches about their coaching lives and what it means to be a coach. The results showed coaching provides an extremely positive experience for both those being coached and the coach themselves. It is primarily a volunteer activity that takes part in the not-for-profit sector, but like a lot of grassroots sport it suffers from a lack of money drifting down to those in the local club.

How better presentation of age information could reduce the Relative Age Effect

The Relative Age Effect is well documented in sport and often leads to bias in assessing talent among young people. New research published in the Journal of Sports Science presents interesting evidence of how this could be reduced, based mainly on how age information is provided to coaches and scouts.