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Improving Physical Ability

 Help the people you coach develop their movement and fitness skills

To improve physical abilities: 

  • Ensure that you’re aware of the latest Chief Medical Officer Guidance, and that it informs your coaching decisions. 
  • If you coach children, support them to develop fundamental movement skills. Movement competency is a key topic in this area. 
  • Understand athlete development models and apply as appropriate to the people you coach. Can they inform your sessions?  
  • Keep up-to-date with the latest research, which can inform your practice in relation to coaching movement skills and human development.  
  • Understand the impact of good nutrition and hydration for people who are physically active. Encourage the people you coach to learn more about healthier choices. 
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    • Sport England and UK Coaching Chief Execs Praise the Nation's Coaches

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    • Developing a Hydration Plan

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    • Understanding Energy Drinks and Sports Drinks

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    • Encouraging Fundamental Movement Skills

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    • The Importance of Coaching Fundamental Movement Skills

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    • Youth Physical Development Model

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    • Encouraging Fundamental Movement Skills

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    • Youth Physical Development Model

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    • 10 Benefits of Multi-skills Coaching all Coaches Should Know

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Free Resource Picks

Understanding Movement Competency

When coaching fundamental movement skills, the movement competency of children should be a key priority

Nutrition and Hydration for Physical Activity

Understanding nutrition and hydration is essential for anyone who is physically active. This infographic provides a useful starting point

Boing Kids: Creating Fun Games That Promote Physical Literacy

At the 2019 UK Coaching Conference, Charlotte Potterton discovered the six defining principles of Boing Kids' evidence-based games

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Ask our Experts: Selection Processes and S&C Guidance

Guidance on how to help participants deal with disappointment, especially in youth sport

Understanding Balyi’s Long-Term Athlete Development Model

Balyi’s Long-Term Development Model proposes that talent development takes place over a series of stages

Plyometric Coaching: The Facts

Coaches should ensure that sessions with plyometric training (training muscles to produce power) are high in volume but low in intensity

From the Experts

'Less is More' Approach

UK Coaching's Development Lead for Physical Activity Craig Blain considers how coaches can apply this model for the benefit of participants

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To Stretch or Not to Stretch

Practical guidance on stretching for coaches, including on how to incorporate it into warm-ups appropriately, to clarify the research in the area

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