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Applied Research Journal

Ten Things I've Learned From Ten Years of Coach Learning Research

Article by Dr Anna Stodter containing 'lessons learned' from coach learning research, as featured in Volume 8 of the Applied Research Journal

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What were you doing in 2010, and how has your perception of coaching changed since? Perhaps back then your Easter holiday plans were spoiled by ash from the volcanic eruption in Iceland. Maybe your hopes were dashed again as Fabio Capello’s England football team crashed out of the World Cup, losing 4-1 to Germany with a controversial disallowed goal that reinforced the need for goal-line technology.

Back then, I was looking forward to the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, beginning my PhD studies at Loughborough University and considering coaching from an academic perspective for the first time. I was exploring a new body of books, articles, and authors and comparing what I read with how I learned to coach football and rugby, the experiences I’d had of being coached and of my qualification courses - and thinking back to floundering on the field when none of my practices worked as I’d hoped.

Understanding how coaches learn is a crucial part of helping them to develop more effectively, which can also enhance the quality of coaches and coaching as a profession. In line with this aspiration - and luckily for me in beginning to get my head around the topic - just over a decade ago UK Coaching (then Sports Coach UK) commissioned a review of all the available research on coach learning and development (Cushion et al. 2010).

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