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UK Coaching Talent and Performance

Skill Acquisition with Ed Coughlan and Stuart Lancaster

UK Coaching's Learning Experience Manager Chris Chapman is joined by Ed Coughlan, Sports Science Lecturer at the Cork Institute, and Stuart Lancaster, Senior Coach at Leinster Rugby and former Head Coach of the England National Rugby Union team, for a discussion of skill acquisition

Skill development is at the heart of what a coach does: players and athletes go to a coach expecting to improve the sport or activity they’re involved in.

So what is the key to that aspect of coaching?

From coaching school children completely new to a sport, to working with elite professionals, improving technique and game understanding is essential – and the principles are always the same. 

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  • Understanding Côté’s Developmental Model of Sport Participation


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