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Coaching Week 2018: Live Blog

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Friday, 8 June 2018 16:00

Well, as the old saying goes: All good things must come to an end. 

I'd like to formally introduce you to the final Sport England 'Coaching Clangers'.

Nobody likes a control-freak, so watch what happens when a coach has a controlling calamity. 

Loved this series? You can watch them all back on You Tube


It's almost time to love you and leave you. It's been a real pleasure bringing you this live blog througout Coaching Week. I hope you've found it to be an entertaining round up of all things great coaching.

Remember Coaching Week lasts until Sunday, so please do continue to send us your photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Of course I'll let you lot have the final word this Friday afternoon. What have you been saying I wonder? Coaching Week? Great Coaching? 

















Friday, 8 June 2018 15:25

Now, let's turn our attention to today's Principle of Great Coaching.


It's meaning, that: 

Great coaching means that my coach understands me, and wants to help me get better. I feel confident that I am progressing and achieving my goals. I learn something new every time.

Learning something new everytime eh?! Not asking for much are you? 

Only joking, continuously learning is key. And one coach who implements the principle by the truck load is Leicester City Enrichment Officer CJ Bishop - watch him in action.

As part of the Coaching Week celebrations, it was announced today that the Activity Alliance (formerly the English Federation of Disability Sport) has launched a new Inclusive Activity Programme.

The long and short of it is the new programme is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered in partnership with UK Coaching.

Over three years, the programme will engage key groups in specialised training with the aim to increase the number of active disabled people across England.

Our CEO Mark Gannon said: 

One of the greatest skills any coach can have is that of adaptability. The ability of a coach to make changes, in situ, to ensure more people are able to take part in a sport or physical activity is key if we want an active nation. UK Coaching is delighted to be working in partnership with the Activity Alliance to support coaches to deliver great experiences for all.

Read the long of it and share the fantastic news

Sticking with news, I implore you to - well first of all, grab yourself a cuppa and a biccy - read Charmaine Daley's #GreatCoaching article published by BBC Get Inspired.

Charmaine Daley from Nottingham was receiving professional help and was on anti-depressants. In a bid to help her overcome the illness, her friends told her to give the aerobic dance workout Zumba a go.

Seven years later, Charmaine, 40, is a full-time Zumba instructor and is being celebrated during Coaching Week (4-10 June), a campaign which UK Coaching - the lead agency for coaching in the UK - has launched to recognise and support those who go above and beyond to help others.

So what is Charmaine most passionate about? Positive mental-health in the coaching that I do, she says. I want to inspire every single person to try different things and find the one thing that makes you happy.

Friday, 8 June 2018 14:50

If you were up bright and early like I was this morning (this blog isn't going to write itself people!), then you would have caught the fantastic roses head coach, Tracey Neville on either Sky News Sunrise and/or Sky Sports News. She was of course talking about Coaching Week and how great coaching helped the England netball team to that emphatic gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. 

Presenter Gilliam Joseph asked Tracey how important is a good coach?

I think if I look at my coaching career and my playing career, I feel that they've had the biggest influence on my life, and I think the transparency between coaching and the way I live my daily life and the principles that they instil; the social creativity that they give; the way they make me engage with other people; the way they inspire me; the positivity; the way they empower me; has really driven me to be where I am now. [Coaches] have from an early stage such an influence on people's lives.  

England Netball Head Coach, Tracey Neville

Friday, 8 June 2018 14:25

Oi oi! It's Friday and it's still Coaching Week. Yays all around. 

Hope you're all doing well - thank you for all your support as always - coming up we've got England Netball's extremely successful coach Tracey Neville and her interview on Sky News' Sunrise; a new Principle of Great Coaching to discover; the final Coaching Clanger *sad face*; the final instalment of our communities of practice blog *sad face*; and of course a selection of your tweets *happy face*.

If you're a fan of great coaching, stick around.  

Thursday, 7 June 2018 17:45

Bam. And just like that day four of Coaching Week is nearly done. As always you guys have been stalwarts on the social media front, sharing your excellent photos and videos about #GreatCoaching. We're so pleased that many coaches are receiving certificates for their great coaching. Plenty of smiles and that is. What. We. Like. To. See.

On with the content - starting with today's principle, which was Positive - meaning: 

Great coaching makes me feel excited, inspired and glad I came along. My coach is with me every step of the way. Conversations are motivating, and feedback is helpful. I’m praised for the efforts I make in an environment where I thrive and flourish.

One woman who delivers that principle in abundance is Sam Barlow of fitmums&friends - I think it might even be her middle name. Watch her talk positively about positivity. 

#GreatCoaching is NOT about being a 'Shouty Shocker', as demonstrated by the latest Sport England 'Coaching Clangers'. In line with our Positive principle: conversations should be motivating and feedback helpful. Makes sense. Nobody likes being shouted at, especially not by my mother. Now that is scary stuff (psst... don't tell her I said that). Enjoy the clanger.

Hey... talking of mothers, Andy and Jamie Murray's Judy is featured in the Daily Mail. It's a really interesting read about how she coached her sons, helping them learn the basics of tennis using home-made indoor games. Coaching Week even gets a mention - cheers Judy!

Staying with articles, another you should read is on the Sport England website, quoting FA coaching inclusion and investment manager and UK Coaching Board Member, Dr Wayne Allison, the article focuses on the FA's work to support black, Asian and minority ethnic football coaches.

With Dr Allison emphasising the importance of tracking a coach’s progress, via the mentoring scheme, to give them the best chance of being a success.

And he also praised UK Coaching for highlighting the value of coaches to all levels of sport, with their inaugural Coaching Week in 2018.

“It’s a great initiative,” he concluded. “It has got everybody thinking coaching and it does affect everybody.

“UK Coaching are involved in a lot of national governing bodies, so the work that they’re doing – and I know it’s a lot of good work – we have to be proud that we are involved in it and are contributing.”

As part of the #VolunteersWeek our CEO Mark Gannon, wanted to give a big shout and thank you to all coaching volunteers in the UK . Aww... cheers Mark.


Lastly, the spotlight of today's celebration of #GreatCoaching moved to focus on the home countries (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales). So it's only fair that they get a massive thank you and the last spot on this round up, enjoy their content and I look forward to keeping you up to date with coaching week on the morrow. Toodles.


Northern Ireland



Wednesday, 6 June 2018 17:40

...and finally, some of the wonderful tweets we've had today in support of Coaching Week and Great Coaching.

I'm off home now. I'll leave you to enjoy. Ta ta for now.



















Wednesday, 6 June 2018 16:45

Organised - was the Principle of Great Coaching du jour. Principally, meaning:

Great coaching means I am safe. When I ask, it’s logical as to why we are doing things in the session to meet my goals. My coach is well prepared, instructions are clear and I know what the outcomes will be.

Of course, with the promotion of each principle there's a little video to accompany. Watch our 2017 Community Coach of the Year, Marcellus Baz BEM, talk about organisation in coaching. 

If you didn't know already, running concurrently alongside Coaching Week is #VolunteersWeek. Today, its focus was on volunteering in sport, and our awesome Coaching Ambassador, Anna Jackson, wrote a blog for @NCVOvolunteers to celebrate.

Check it out πŸ‘‰ 

Talking of news articles. Were we? 

Here are some news articles published this week - thus far - you might find interesting. Or might not. Depends really. 

Athletics Weekly did a super good article to mark the start of Coaching Week with a number of Britain's athletics stars, thanking their coaches and sharing some of their advice. Personal highlight from the piece is the advice Aston Moore gave to two-time Paralympic silver medallist Stef Reid, 'approach training (and life) as an experiment'. 

Couldn't agree with you more Aston.

BBC Inspired published a lovely feature on East London coach Bisi Imafidon, who loves not only the active side of coaching but also the social benefits that can help with isolation and mental health. 

Whatever I coach, as long as I make a difference, small or big, that for me is important. My mantra as a coach is to turn I can't into I can.

Bisi Imafidon


Last article you should check out is the piece The Herald did on DKG (Dame Katherine Grainger) - she's vocal on the importance of raising the profile of coaching across all levels!  

Wednesday, 6 June 2018 15:45

In other news...

...we released another piece of eLearning. I say we. 'We' teamed up with British Blind Sport and together we produced a major new inclusive coaching course. 

Coaching People with Visual Impairments (VI) is packed full of helpful tips, practical solutions and vibrant videos that will increase coaches’ knowledge, assurance and skills of coaching participants with VI, ultimately, making their practice more inclusive.

It does sound like a really great course; and one you can do from the comfort of your own home.

Head to our news page to read more about the launch.

Next, the hilarity continues with Sport England's 'Coaching Clangers'. Watch what happens when a coach has a 'Selection Stinker' in today's clanger.

What's next? Ah yes... the second instalment of our communities of practice blogs got released today.

Now, we know you guys love an infographic, especially to do with coaching, surprisingly. In fact, some of our best Twitter engagement statistics come from tweets... sorry, bored myself there. 

Where was I? Communities of practice blogs; second instalment; accompanied by a neat infographic, full of top tips to help you get one (that is, a community of practice) going. 

Wednesday, 06 June 2018 15:10

Starting with the Today programme interview, broadcaster Rob Bonnet asked Mark a number of questions around safeguarding and coaching (listen from 2 hours 26 minutes). And more broadly, what Coaching Week needs to be described as a success?

I think if people can recognise what great coaching looks like and they can help celebrate that; so you can download a certificate and present that back to your coach and say thank you. I think all those voluntary hours; the hundreds of thousands of hours that are given over the year, it's a chance to say thank you to those coaches. People have talked to us about sport changing their lives but actually when you peel the layers back what they actually mean is that people in sport change their lives and the coach is probably one of the people that can have that influence.

UK Coaching's CEO Mark Gannon

Wednesday, 06 June 2018 14:25

Good afternoon coaching fans!

Your wait with bated breath is finally over - here's what's been happening today in the world of Coaching Week.

CEO Mark Gannon was interviewed by the purveyour of fine spoken-word programmes, news bulletin's, the Archers and Desert Island Disks - not dessert island; imagine that - BBC Radio 4. We promoted our third principle of great coaching; Sport England released their third coaching clanger; and you lot have been tweeting like mad as per usual. Phew! 

Content coming...in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...

Tuesday, 5 June 2018 17:30

Let's kick this afternoon's roundup with a quote from Dame Katherine herself.

It is about time that we have an awareness week for coaching in the UK. The stories and success of our athletes are often well known but for millions of coaches, who work across the broad range of sport and activity from grassroots to high performance, their names, sacrifices and achievements usually go unnoticed.

Dame Katherine Grainger

Obviously it's huge to have the support of one of Britain's great Olympians and she even made a little video, thanking her coach JΓΌrgen Grobler. Cheers DKG. 

Secondly, let's talk about a resource that empowers (see what I did there) coaches to motivate young people to be active. Aptly titled 'What Motivates Young People to be Active', the animation looks at why young people take part in a coaching session.

Intrigued? I know I am. Apparently, the most common reasons are to meet new people; hang out with friends; get in shape; be healthy; for fun and enjoyment; and learn new skills. 

Well, you can't blame them for wanting to take part in sport and physical activity. Those are some great reasons. Anyway, coaches watch this animation for some super useful tips on the above. 


And here's what you guys have been saying on Twitter:


And if you like that blog from Snowsport England - and winter sports in general - you might like to hear our interview with Sheil Swan, the head coach of British wheelchair curling. Recorded before her sojourn in Pyeongchang for the Winter Paralympic Games.


It certainly is Coach Logic.


 Wendy Russell is one of our coaching ambassadors. Read her story because it's the epitome of #GreatCoaching



Love seeing so many of you downloading the #GreatCoaching certificate and presenting it to your coaches.



Well that's it from me folks. See you tomorrow for another day of #GreatCoaching 

Tuesday, 5 June 2018 14:30

Hello All!

Day two of Coaching Week has been ticking along nicely - thank you once again for all your tweets and messages. I'll be sharing a few of those this afternoon. But to recap this morning... 

...there's been the release of a new piece of eLearning; the second instalment of Sport England's 'Coaching Clangers' - trust me they're hilarious - and the promotion of UK Coaching's second principle of great coaching. I'll give you a clue it begins with an E.

On with the content.

A brand spanking new eLearning module has been released in partnership with the NSPCC. 

The Safeguarding Deaf and Disabled Children in Sport eLearning module is a convenient way for those coaching to update their understanding of safeguarding with a focus on how sport and physical activity can be made safe and inclusive for deaf and disabled children. 

Very important stuff.

Anne Tiivas, the director go the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit, had this to say about the launch:

We feel this training will help to equip coaches with the information they need to develop their confidence working with this vulnerable group and ensure every young person’s needs are front and centre of coaching activity.

Read the full story and be the first to complete the new module. Well it's not a competition. Or is it? No it's not. But important training to do nonetheless. 

Throughout Coaching Week, we're bringing you a selection of the great coaching resources on our new website. And this morning, we gave the nod to Conrad Tetley's 'Eight Recommendations for Coaching Decision Making in Sport', who suggests that coaches maximise decision-making opportunities. 

Decisions, decisions - the crux of life.

Anyway, talking of being decisive, we launched the second principle of great coaching today.


That is: Great coaching makes me feel a sense of belonging. I’m asked what I think about the session, my feedback counts and I leave feeling motivated, inspired to learn and develop myself further.

Watch tennis coach Mark Cowley talk about empowering his participants.

Love your coaching? Make sure the kids love it too. Take a look at what can happen when a coach ignores those 'on the bench'. 

It's the latest coaching clanger.

Monday, 4 June 2018 17:00

It's been a huge day for Coaching Week.

It really feels as if the whole country has been celebrating #GreatCoaching today. Our phones have literally not stopped buzzing from all the Tweets, Facebook and Instagram posts you guys have been sending. 

We're so pleased you all want to be a part of it.  

Anyway that's enough emotion from me. Here's the best bits from the latter-half of day one...

Our Disability Coach of the Year, Anna Jackson, summed up beautifully what it meant to her to be a coach in an article for BBC Sport Get Inspired.


We promoted the first principle of our Principles of Great Coaching: Person-centred; which is: Great coaching makes me feel valued and better for being involved. My coach knows and understands me. I am included in the session.

Watch table tennis coach Pedro Santos talk about the importance of that very principle.

And here's what you guys have been saying over Twitter...

Well done Lindsey!

Glad to have you on board... 

 Natalie, I couldn't have said it better myself.

Aww you guys...! 


Earlier today we published our first instalment on 'how to' start a community of practice. If you've ever thought about having a ‘learning get together’ at your club, this might be the blog for you. Instalments two and three coming later in the week!


Additionally, you might have missed the first 'Coaching Clanger' of the week, courtesy of Sport England. These animations are a lighthearted look at not-so great coaching.

More Tweets from you guys.

Support from the golden roses themselves...Tracey Neville is one super coach.

We love an Andy Heald vlog - take it away Andy. 

Rose are red, violets are blue, we love great coaching, and so does British Nordic Walking. A poem about coaching and Nordic walking...superb! 

Great insight Jason. 

We love these Andy... 

Now this is inspiring - the power of #GreatCoaching, changing people's lives for the better. 

Nice work Liz! 

 Ey up! Great to have your support guys.

Bendigedig! Diolch yn fawr Sport Wales. Read Olivia's blog on the best things about coaching. 

Another coach doing their thing - #GreatCoaching 

Wise words Gary, wise words. 

Monday, 4 June 2018 12:30pm

It's here! Coaching Week has finally arrived. And boy did the UK-wide week-long celebration of great coaching get off to a good start. 

This morning, tennis coach extraordinaire Judy Murray and CEO of UK Coaching Mark Gannon did the rounds at Media City in Salford Manchester. 

First stop was BBC 5 Live with Nicky and Rachel (listen from 1 hour 50 minutes).

Then they joined Charlie, Louise and Sally on the BBC Breakfast sofa (watch from 2 hours 40 minutes).

So Judy, what makes a great coach?

"Coaching's all about people, so you need to be a great communicator; you need to be very well organised; you need to have a huge passion for your sport because you have to make it fun, stimulating and engaging."

On coaches getting a bad reputation, Mark, said:

"There's been a lot of stories about coaching but there's over three million people coaching in any one calendar year and they coach to tens of millions of participants, who have a great experience, so really Coaching Week is about celebrating those great experiences and those great coaches out there.

"We're launching a campaign to make sure you can recognise your coach. If you go to our website you can download a certificate, [which] you can present to [your] coach and there's some Principles [of Great Coaching] on our website, [which says] well these are the things that articulate great coaching."

Top tennis coach, Judy then spoke to Chris Evans on BBC Radio 2 (listen from 2 hours 20 minutes).

She said: 

"It's an opportunity to draw attention to all the great coaching that goes on across the country."

You're right there Judy! And so much was the chatter on Twitter about Coaching Week, it was trending across the UK - great work people. 

Here are some of the other highlights from our followers and partners:



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