Coaching in the UK

Royal seal of approval for UK Coaching’s research journal

Wed, 28 Feb 2018

HRH The Princess Royal

HRH The Princess Royal launches UK Coaching's new research journal. Photograph: ©UK Coaching


Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, launched UK Coaching’s new research journal at the organisation’s inaugural ‘Applied Coaching Research Conference’, which took place in Manchester on the 27 February 2018.

The Patron joined coaching practitioners and researchers from across the sport and physical activity sector at the Museum of Science and Industry for the afternoon journal launch.

Over three million people dedicate 200 million hours each year to help others achieve their sport and physical activity goals. With the title of ‘Applied Coaching Research Journal’ the publication has been designed to identify key topics of interest and bring them to the forefront of the coaching community. All coaching audiences will read about the positive impact their coaching has on individuals, communities and on society, as well as to see and share best practice.

Mark Rawson with a copy of new research journal

CEO of UK Coaching Mark Gannon presents copy of new research journal to delegates at the Museum of Science and Industry. Photograph: ©UK Coaching


The first volume, ‘Transforming Lives Through Coaching’, was shaped by a part-independent Editorial team of Paul Greaves (Lecturer of Sport, Sheffield Hallam University), Louisa Arnold (Coaching Lead, Kent Sport), Wayne Allison (Coach Inclusion and Diversity Manager, The FA and UK Coaching Board Non-Executive Director) and Beth Thompson (Head of Insight and Learning, UK Coaching).

Key articles like ‘Promoting the Health Benefits of Being a Coach’ by John MciIroy – which discusses the dual impact of coaching; how sport and physical activity benefits not just the participant but the coach too – and ‘Personal Reflections of Coaching Behind Bars’ by Clare McGregor (Coaching Inside and Out) – an inspiring story, which sees the author discuss her experiences of mind coaching in prison settings and demonstrate the impact of coaching on some of the most vulnerable members of society – give a flavour of the types of learning on offer. 

Beth Thompson, Head of Insight and Learning at UK Coaching, said:

“Firstly, I would like to thank Her Royal Highness for taking the time to launch this innovative research journal.

“I am pleased with how it bridges the gap between academic research and coaching practice, presenting good, solid research that is of equal value to the practitioner, the system manager, the researcher and the policymaker.

“Not only does this journal give coaches working at all levels of sport and physical activity straight-talking, relevant and applicable research but it also provides researchers working across the sector an opportunity to share and celebrate their research.”

Paul Greaves, Lecturer of Sport at Sheffield Hallam University, said:

“The principle of the publication was to make it easier for practitioners to read about thought provoking, inspiring and relevant bits of coaching research. Our aim as an Editorial team was to turn that into a reality; translating such information in an accessible way that supports the coaching community, as well as identifying key gaps that need further investigation.

“I take great pleasure in encouraging all coaches, coach developers, researchers and others to read the first instalment which shows how coaching can transform the lives of the coach and the participant. Enjoy!”

Access Vol.1 Applied Coaching Research Journal – Transforming Lives Through Coaching.

For future volumes of the journal, UK Coaching is inviting people to submit articles with a variety of relevant coaching topics. If you are interested in submitting an article, or would like to be involved in the journal in the future (as an author, reviewer or editor) then please email the Research team at [email protected]

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