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Understanding Your Environment

Understanding Your Environment

Coaching is a people business, an interaction between individuals to help them progress, grow and develop. To maximise your coaching and skills, you first need to understand your context

Read our guide to understanding your environment

Holistic Thinking

Coaches Should Develop the Whole Person

Explore how developing the whole person provides an opportunity to help people work on their life skills, and is what coaching is all about

EXPERT OPINION

The 'C' System Explained

Find out more about the 'C' System, a highly effective framework that encourages the development of the whole child

VIDEO

The Talent and Performance Take on Holistic Development

Discover more about the importance of developing all aspects of an athlete's biological, psychological and social make-up

EXPERT OPINION

Maximising Potential: Strategies for Developing a Successful High-Performance Team

Dive in to Dr Steve Ingham's keynote presentation on the secrets of his success as a world-leading performance scientist

EXPERT OPINION

How to Build a High-Performing Team

Explore the roles of 'diverse thinking' and 'psychological safety' in helping to create a highly effective, innovative and productive team

EXPERT OPINION

Maximising Potential: Insights from High Performance Teams

Learn more from Dr Steve Ingham's review of his keynote, in which he shares some of the key insights, tensions, philosophies and concepts that underpin exceptional performance

VIDEO

Foundations of a Great Team and Culture

Gain insight from The Magic Academy's Russell Earnshaw as he considers the critical questions that coaches must ask themselves to help them build a strong team culture

VIDEO

Coaching Craft: Developing a Coaching Culture

Benefit from from Grant Downie OBE's insights into developing high-performing teams, derived from his wide-ranging experiences and wisdom

WEBINAR

Developing Independent Learners

Developing Independent Participants

Learn more about the importance of encouraging the people you coach to take ownership and responsibility of their own learning and development

GUIDE

Curious Coaches' Club: Creating an Athlete-centred Environment

Learn from elite coach Mel Marshall as she considers how to develop an empowering environment that fosters greatness

WEBINAR

Characteristics of High-quality Learning and Development Environments

Learn more about learning and development environments

RESEARCH

Talking Talent: Understanding the Who

Discover how using biopsychosocial theories and concepts as thinking tools can help you understand your players' needs and wants

VIDEO

Understanding Self-Determination Theory

Dive into this quick reference guide on intrinsic and extrinsic human motivation and how to fulfil basic needs of relatedness, autonomy and competence

GUIDE

Self-Determination Theory: A Person-Centred Approach

Learn how setting the right coaching environment and the right social conditions within the environment hold the key to driving motivation to compete and excel

GUIDE

Coach Logic: Using Video to Empower Players in Coaching’s Brave New World

Find out more about the Coach Logic platform, which offers athletes a chance to watch themselves in action and work with you on what they see

EXPERT OPINION

How to Empower the People We Coach

Discover how you can ensure that participants feel empowered to develop a long-term love of sport

EXPERT OPINION

Self-Determination Theory, A Guide for Coaches

Explore the concepts of autonomy, competence and relatedness further in this guide to self-determination theory

GUIDE

The Psychology of Motivation

Consider the topic of motivation, particularly self-determination theory and achievement goal theory

GUIDE

Talent Identification and Development

Identification and Development of Talent

Benefit from Professor Kevin Till's insights in a discussion on the role that coaches have in athlete development

PODCAST

Identification and Development of Talent – Coach Considerations

Explore what talent identification can look like for a coach

PODCAST

Talking Talent: How to Locate Potential

Discover a method for locating athletes with the potential to perform at a high level with Dr Ross Tucker

PODCAST

Talking Talent: How to Identify and Develop Talent

Learn from Dr Ross Tucker's thoughts and experiences on the identification and development of talent

VIDEO

Embrace Inclusivity to Identify Fresh Talent

Consider why high performance sport must be prepared to diversify to continue drawing in players with the best potential

EXPERT OPINION

Understanding the Pyramid Model

Explore the Pyramid Model, which has drawn criticism from some quarters of the coaching sector

GUIDE

Talent In Five: The Talent Equation

Find out more about what contributes to the development of talent

VIDEO

Talent In Five: Relative Age Effect

Find out more about the Relative Age Effect and how it can have an impact on a person's development

VIDEO

Remembering the Person Behind the Athlete

Discover the keys to being a successful talent pathway coach

TIPS

Talking Talent: Selection for the Big Event

Find out more about selection and the management of players during this team transition

VIDEO

Clicking for Success: Game Play as Coach Learning

Discover an interactive game that challenges players on whether they can guide a budding young athlete from childhood potential to championship success

EXPERT OPINION

Developing a Football-Specific Talent Identification and Development Profiling Concept

Learn more about identification and development and performance profiling

RESEARCH

Age and Stage of Development

Implications of Relative Age Effect on Performance, Participation and Development

Discover the impact of Relative Age Effect on short-term and long-term development

TIPS

Understanding Côté’s Developmental Model of Sport Participation

Learn about Côté’s model, which connects specific age ranges with each stage

GUIDE

Fundamentals of Movement and the Youth Physical Development Model

Learn more about the model and enjoy an explanation of the differences between the male and female versions

EXPERT OPINION

Leeds Rhinos Late Maturer Programme

Find out about the reasons for its development; the approaches it takes, and how they believe it benefits the players, community and wider game

PODCAST

Talking Talent: Relative Age Effect (Dr Jean Cote)

Watch Dr Jean Cote of Queen's University, Ontario, talk about the relative age effect in sport and the interplay of social effects

VIDEO

Talent In Five: Relative Age Effect

Enjoy an explanation of the Relative Age Effect (RAE) and how it can have an impact on a person's development

VIDEO

Male and Female Youth Physical Development Model

Explore this contemporary model, based on evidence that shows that youth participants are responsive to training throughout childhood and adolescence

INFOGRAPHIC

Transitions

How to Support Athletes Through Transitions

Discover how to use the Principles of Great Coaching to support athletes through transitions

TIPS

Understanding Transitions and Supporting Athletes Through the Process

Explore insight into the types of transitions that the people you coach may face and advice on how to support them

GUIDE

Environment Transitions with Paul Shaw

Learn more about what transitions look like and why they're important

PODCAST

How to Coach Young People When Life Changes

Learn how you can help young people deal with change and uncertainty

GUIDE

Coaching Through Transitions in Adolescence

Learn how the COMPASS Model can help you develop your coaching practice to get the best out of young people

EXPERT OPINION

Being the Best Version of You: The Coach’s Transition

Benefit from advice and strategies to help you manage transitions

GUIDE

How to Manage the Smooth Transition of New Players into a Team

Learn from research describing a mix of formal and informal processes to use to bring new players into the team

GUIDE

Player-to-Coach: A Transition Story

Learn about a project that's seeing ex-England cricketers take a first step onto the coaching ladder

STORY

Helping Our Young People Make Successful Transitions

Explore how to support children through changes and transitions with Gordon MacLelland

TIPS

Flip Thinking: Stepping into the Athlete’s Shoes

Consider how your participants think and feel at your sessions, key to meeting their needs

EXPERT OPINION

How to Coach People New To Your Session

Learn from tips to help you make a good first impression and welcome new people to your sessions

TIPS

Preparing Athletes for Life After Sport

Consider how you can support athletes embarking on a new chapter in life

EXPERT OPINION

Bringing New Players into Your Team

Benefit from evidence-based tips on managing the smooth transition of new players into a team

TIPS