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Below you’ll find a list of ConnectedCoaches coaching podcasts, which are recordings of a selection of blogs posted on the community.
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1. Emotional intelligence is integral to becoming a great coach2. Inside story: The value of self-awareness as a tool for improvement3. Dealing with feelings: The importance of getting your head around emotion perception4. How to develop behavioural agility in your coaching to get the best out of yourself and your players5. Smells like team spirit: How to create a winning culture through the use of emotional intelligence6. Learning behaviour change strategies will ensure your athletes keep coming back for more7. The ME in TEAM and the I in WIN8. Revolutionary research inspires new approach to coaching ‘Fundamentals of Movement’9. How to inspire good behaviour in your sessions10. Beating the bullies: A crash course for coaches11. 15 things all new coaches should know12. Beware of 'Cotton Wool Coaching!'13. Ostracised Newbie or Welcomed Addition? Being the 'New Coach'.14. The hidden condition – a coach’s guide to autism15. A coaching system that will help you C the light!16. Let the creative sparks fly: The ‘C’ system, chapter two17. Secret to a perfect partnership: Exploring the relationship between mentor and coach18. Growth industry: Advocating a mindset revolution in coaching19. What makes up a good coaching session?20. Help us to help others: Coaches need coaching on mental health awareness21. Feedback Frenzy22. The power of emotional intelligence: Turn a season to forget into a season to remember23. Pre-mortem and reflective practice make a deadly combination24.Filling in the Blanks: Negotiating the Grey Areas25. Why do coaches still shy away from using TGfU and CLA in their sessions?26. Blessed or stressed? Dealing with pressure in sport27. How to prepare for an event, game 28. Golden nuggets: Dietary advice you can trust from Team GB’s Head Nutritionist29. Flagging up key periods of development in a newly formed team30. Simon says: Put your hands in the air if you think you can learn from a heavy defeat31. Critics32. Help or hindrance: The use of video analysis to aid player development33. Don't use the F word: Helping children deal with failure34.Guest UK Coaching Podcast: An Interview with para-javelin coach Dave Turner35. How to successfully integrate club players into county and national squads36.Two sides to every story: How to get the most out of your club’s adult performers37. Birth of a new career: How to negotiate your first baby steps as a coach38. Age-old debate: Crossing the divide between coaching adults and children39. Digging for diamonds: Talent identification process values potential over performance40. The psychology of success: Strategies for coping on the big occasion41. The secrets to building a more productive relationship with problem players42. Guest UK Coaching Podcast: Interview with the Cranes43 Having to gel teenagers and adults in the same team should not be a sticky situation for coaches44.Chemistry lesson: A formula for coaches who have ever felt ostracised by their own players45 The importance of motivating players and the crucial role coaches play46. Don’t be a dope! The scourge of drugs in sport is everybody’s problem47. The importance of making your sessions fun and engaging for 5–12 year olds48. What are the differences in coaching boys and girls?49. Juggling act: The challenges of managing a coaching career around motherhood50. Tri-umphant transition: Making the step up from assistant coach to head coach at your club51. How to Create a Relational Coaching Environment52. Training may sometimes have to be gruelling but it should always be fun53. Equip your children with a starter pack that will sustain them through the rest of their lives54. No exit! The secrets to keeping today’s youth actively engaged in sport55. Understanding time and how to save it56. The art of practice: Intentional training a model way of embedding new skills57. Can you coach leadership? Are leaders born or made? What does effective leadership look like?58. The Power (or Pointlessness) of Silence...59. Exploring the key psychological attributes that underpin performance success60. How to coach a range of abilities within a large group61. Bridging the gender divide: Advice for women coaches on taking over a men’s team62. What is more important, how you coach children or what you coach them?63. Coaching insights on the practical implementation of competition strategies – Part 1
1. Emotional intelligence is integral to becoming a great coach
Understanding the concept of emotional intelligence (EI) can help coaches boost performance levels and grow and sustain participation in sport. So get your brain in gear as we explore what it is and how developing your EI will help you get the best out of your athletes.
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2. Inside story: The value of self-awareness as a tool for improvement
A little introspection can go a long way. By exploring your emotions and understanding your inner self, you WILL improve your coaching. The benefits of practising self-awareness and getting some valuable ‘insider knowledge’ are such that you really cannot afford to ignore this advice from ConnectedCoaches Content Champion Catherine Baker.
3. Dealing with feelings: The importance of getting your head around emotion perceptionEmotion perception is a key component of emotional intelligence. In the third chapter of our series with behavioural expert and ConnectedCoaches Content Champion Catherine Baker, we explore the inner world of emotions, and discover how recognising and managing them in yourself and others can significantly improve your coaching.
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4. How to develop behavioural agility in your coaching to get the best out of yourself and your players
In part four of our series on emotional intelligence, we look at recognising when to dial up and dial down your emotions because this can be key to getting the best out of your performers.
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5. Smells like team spirit: How to create a winning culture through the use of emotional intelligence
Developing a positive team environment, with tight social bonds between players and coaching staff, is instrumental to sustained success. In part five of our series on emotional intelligence with ConnectedCoaches Content Champion Catherine Baker, we explore the important role empathy, relationships and social awareness play in establishing the perfect club climate.
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6. Learning behaviour change strategies will ensure your athletes keep coming back for more
Tennis Activator and ConnectedCoaches member Suzanne Garnett discusses how behaviour change tactics have boosted her drive to get people of all ages playing tennis.
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7. The ME in TEAM and the I in WIN
ConnectedCoaches Content Champion Dan Cottrell on why making players focus on selfish decisions will in the end benefit the team.
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8. Revolutionary research inspires new approach to coaching ‘Fundamentals of Movement’
New research has inspired a radical rethink into how to coach fundamental movement skills (FMS) to children. The evolved model promotes coaching FMS throughout a lifetime of sport and challenges opinion that strength training should be held back until children reach adolescence.
9. How to inspire good behaviour in your sessions
This podcast offers some helpful advice on how to avoid disruptive behaviour and provide an environment that is conducive to learning.
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10. Beating the bullies: A crash course for coaches
Advice for coaches that will help you spot the signs of bullying in your sessions, with guidance on the procedure to follow plus some words of warning on how coaches may be inadvertently overstepping the mark with their behaviour.
11. 15 things all new coaches should know
When you are starting to coach, it can be a slightly daunting experience. Andy Grant shares 15 things all new coaches should know to help them at the start of their journey
12. Beware of 'Cotton Wool Coaching!'
ConnectedCoaches Content Champion Nick Ruddock on the benefits of exposing athletes to failure. Nick Ruddock
13. Ostracised Newbie or Welcomed Addition? Being the 'New Coach'.
Advice for coaches starting a new coaching role taken from Content Champion Krissi Paterson 's blog.
14. The hidden condition – a coach’s guide to autism
Advice for coaches on the challenges people with autism face when taking part in sport or physical activity, with examples of how coaching styles and methods can be easily adapted to accommodate individual needs.
15. A coaching system that will help you C the light!
The ‘C’ system is a holistic coaching model that delivers on all fronts, supporting the development of the whole child – mentally and socially, as well as technically and tactically. In the first of a two-part feature, we take a look at three elements of the ‘C’ system: connection, confidence and competence, with the help of ConnectedCoaches Community and Content Champion Jon Woodward .
16. Let the creative sparks fly: The ‘C’ system, chapter two
In the previous blog/podcast, we paid homage to the ‘C’ system as a highly effective framework that coaches can use to encourage the development of the whole child, and focused on the elements of connection, confidence and competence. In this follow-up with ConnectedCoaches Content Champion Richard Cheetham , we explore the importance of creativity and curiosity, and allowing children freedom of expression.
17. Secret to a perfect partnership: Exploring the relationship between mentor and coach
There are no medals to be won for the coaching mentor, who can’t even bask in reflected glory, which is the prerogative of the coach. But that should not downplay the importance of their role. With ConnectedCoaches Community Champions Matthew Wood and Matte Hart we explore the relationship between mentor and coach. Includes their mentoring top tips.
18. Growth industry: Advocating a mindset revolution in coaching
Performance coach and ConnectedCoaches member Jeremy Frith and educational psychologist Rachel Sykes explore the topic of positive development and application of mindset with athletes and young people.
19. What makes up a good coaching session?
Coaches should adhere to a framework of core elements when delivering their sessions. ConnectedCoaches Content Champion Richard Cheetham explains what these core elements are and why a structured approach is critical to the learning process.
20. Help us to help others: Coaches need coaching on mental health awareness
Advice to coaches on what to do if it emerges one of your participants is experiencing a mental health problem. Featuring the experiences of PTSD sufferer Sophie Parsons.
21. Feedback Frenzy
We all like to provide feedback. But how much of this information goes in? ConnectedCoaches Content Champion Nick Ruddock shares a few ‘guidelines’ that he Iikes to follow when providing information to athletes.
22. The power of emotional intelligence: Turn a season to forget into a season to remember
Take a season-long journey with fictional hockey coach Kate to see how her use of emotional intelligence (EI) transformed a potentially dreadful campaign into a season to celebrate. This scenario-based podcast with Content Champion Catherine Baker will help you conceptualise EI in a coaching context, and provide you with ideas on how to embed elements into your own coaching practice
23. Pre-mortem and reflective practice make a deadly combination
Content Champion Nick Ruddock talks us through implementing a simple model that can be used to produce great results whatever level of athlete you work with.
24. Filling in the Blanks: Negotiating the Grey Areas
ConnectedCoaches member Matt Thompson on how to deal with problems that your coaching courses don't cover!
25. Why do coaches still shy away from using TGfU and CLA in their sessions?
Coaches still shy away from using Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) & Constraints-led approach (CLA). Why? An in-depth look at games-based learning with Community Champion Matthew Wood .
26. Blessed or stressed? Dealing with pressure in sport
Not everyone has the mental self-belief and inherent ability to cope well during the high-pressure situations that are an integral part of sport. But coaches have some valuable techniques at their disposal that can make all the difference between success and failure as Nick Ruddock & Chris Chapman explain.
27. How to prepare for an event, game or tournament
Two top coaches in very different environments – ConnectedCoaches member Samuel Messam & Namibia rugby union head coach Phil Davies - give us their views on preparing for an event, game or tournament
28. Golden nuggets: Dietary advice you can trust from Team GB’s Head Nutritionist
Sports nutrition can be a baffling beast, with mixed messages and misconceptions muddying the waters. The number one tip from English Institute of Sport Head of Performance Nutrition Mike Naylor, is that dietary advice is best left to the experts. But for those club coaches who do feel starved of appropriate basic knowledge, Mike sits at the top of the food chain when it comes to dispensing credible information that you can pass on to your athletes.
29. Flagging up key periods of development in a newly formed team
The Cardiff Valkyries flag football team are a work in progress. Set against a backdrop of the build-up to a national tournament, ConnectedCoaches Community Champion Simon Browning delivers a step-by-step guide to managing expectations, building game sense and confidence, and integrating new players into a fledgling side.
30. Simon says: Put your hands in the air if you think you can learn from a heavy defeat
In the second of a two-part feature on the Cardiff Valkyries American football team, Simon Browning reflects on the coaching methods he employed to prepare his newly formed side for a national tournament. Did they have the desired effect?
ConnectedCoaches Content Champion Nick Ruddock on the destructive power that haters can have on both athlete and coach, and more importantly, why our role as coaches is crucial to develop the mental resilience of the athlete to it.
32. Help or hindrance: The use of video analysis to aid player development
ConnectedCoaches Community Champion Richard Allen presents a compelling argument as to why filming matches and capturing elements of training sessions on video can have enormous benefits for coaches and players. The process is simple but hugely effective and reassuringly inexpensive. For once, progress does not come at a price.
33. Don't use the F word: Helping children deal with failure
For ConnectedCoaches Community Champion Andrew Beaven , ‘failure’ is a taboo word. Not failure itself – when you are learning new skills, or playing any sport, things will go wrong – just don’t use the F word. Andrew believes that a positive learning opportunity can be found in every unsuccessful outcome.
34. Guest UK Coaching Podcast: An Interview with para-javelin coach Dave Turner
UK Coaching's Development Lead Officer for Children and ConnectedCoaches Community Champion, David Turner , is also a British javelin coach. At the London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships he coached GB's Hollie Arnold to a gold medal and a new world record. In this guest UK Coaching podcast interview he speaks about what it's like to coach at a world championships - how to stay cool, calm and collected - and what it takes to get an athlete over the line on day.
35. How to successfully integrate club players into county and national squads
Bringing a group of players together at county or national level who don’t play alongside each other very often is the cause of many headaches for coaches. Community Champions Sara Hilton and Andrew Bradshaw share their experiences and advice.
36. Two sides to every story: How to get the most out of your club’s adult performers
Adults participating in a club environment thrive on competition and crave demanding and challenging sessions. In this podcast we focus on techniques employed by two coaches - Hollie Bees & Community Champion Elly Moore - to try to coax the best out of their tennis and netball players.
37.Birth of a new career: How to negotiate your first baby steps as a coach
New to coaching? Sharing their experiences Community Champions Emma Tomlinson and David Turner are here to assist you and provide some valuable advice to boost your confidence and make the process enjoyable, smooth and satisfying.
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Adults and children have different mindsets. But while it is important to recognise the differences that exist between coaching adults and children, there are similarities too, and this podcast examines the variety of methods coaches take in their approach to crossing the divide. Featuring experiences of Daniel Edson & Danny Newcombe .
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What qualities should club coaches be looking for when recommending players for performance centres? And what screening methods do coaches adopt at talent centres to help them pinpoint those with star potential? Community Champions Andrew Bradshaw and Sara Hilton provide the answers.
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Respected sports psychologist, and former England cricketer, Jeremy Snape offers some fascinating insight and great advice for coaches operating at every level of the sporting spectrum.
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Gary Fowler is frustrated that he cannot make the same developmental strides with every player he coaches. The attitude of one individual has further hampered his quest. Answering his plea for help, fellow ConnectedCoaches member Ceri Bowley claims no player is ‘uncoachable’, and offers some strategies that will help you manage your expectations and cultivate a healthy team dynamic.
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Mason Crane burst onto the international cricket scene with a bang this summer of 2017, making his T20 International debut at The Ageas Bowl against the touring South Africans. Taking 1 for 38 from his allotted overs, including the prized scalp of AB De Villiers, the 20-year old marked his arrival in style. And in September, he was named in England's Test squad for the 2017–18 Ashes series. Crane has come through a coaching system that includes Lancing School, Hampshire age-groups and Academy, and the England Development Programme. But embedded in this story of a rising star, are Nick and Alison Crane, Mason’s parents.In this guest podcast released initially last week to mark Parents in Sport Week, UK Coaching speak to Nick and Alison about the trials and tribulations of being ‘high performance parents’, unpicking some of their journey, and their interactions with the coaches that have supported Mason’s evolution. They even managed to grab five minutes with Mason himself.
43. Having to gel teenagers and adults in the same team should not be a sticky situation for coaches
What issues do coaches need to be aware of when they take charge of a group comprising a spread of ages, from 14 year olds to thirtysomethings? ConnectedCoaches Community Champion Elly Moore provides some simple solutions to the coaching conundrum.
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Community Champion Lawrie O'Keeffe has learnt the hard way how to get players to stick to a collectively-agreed set of team goals. But for new coaches struggling to be accepted by players who have formed a tight bond, any lapse in work ethic presents a big problem. Building chemistry with your players can take time, and it’s easy to get off on the wrong foot.
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The greatest athletes in the world, with bundles of natural talent, still need another key component to succeed in their sport of choice – motivation. WRU Under-18s Attack Coach and ConnectedCoaches member Daniel Milton is acutely aware of this and realises the crucial importance of motivating players and keeping this mindset ongoing.
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It is the responsibility of coaches and athletes of all levels and abilities to expand their knowledge of banned substances and supplements. Too many are burying their heads in the sand by endorsing the view that performance-enhancing drugs are a headache exclusive to the professional arena. Advice for coaches on the perils of supplements & doping, with our UK Anti Doping Accredited Advisors Barry Farquhar and Ian Tunnicliffe .
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Having fun is the main reason children play sport. So what methods can coaches employ in their sessions to ensure children fall in love and stay in love with sport from an early age? We discuss with Community Champion Andrew Beaven
48. What are the differences in coaching boys and girls?
This question will always divide opinion, as sure as night follows day. There are those who believe your methods should remain the same regardless of which gender you are coaching. Others swear that differences do exist, offering up examples to prove it. With the views of Community Champions Jon Woodward and Brett Holland this podcast aims to provide food for thought rather than serve up a definitive answer.
49. Juggling act: The challenges of managing a coaching career around motherhood
ConnectedCoaches Community Champions Dannielle Starkie and Krissi Paterson have become adept at balancing life as a mother with studying at university and holding down a job as a sports coach. Their advice to women is that you do not need to sacrifice your career and neglect your own ambitions if you are thinking about starting a family.
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ConnectedCoaches Community Champion Kate Offord discusses the challenges she has faced in making the transition to head coach of Manchester Triathlon Club.
51. How to Create a Relational Coaching Environment
Relational coaching is the ways coaches and athletes connect to bring about performance success and personal satisfaction. In this podcast ConnectedCoaches Content Champion Professor Sophia Jowett have provided some evidence based tips to help you build better relationships with your athletes/participants, which will help you to create a positive relational coaching environment.
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There is potentially a high price to pay in pursuit of athletic development. Coaches focused on helping their athletes fulfil their dreams of becoming future Olympians risk the element of fun falling between the cracks. The issue of how far coaches should push participants in the quest for incremental performance gain is, according to ConnectedCoaches member and two-time Olympic individual pursuit silver medallist and former professional cycling coach Marion Clignet , a question of balance and fine lines.
53. Equip your children with a starter pack that will sustain them through the rest of their lives
ConnectedCoaches Member Professor Richard Bailey provides a blueprint for nurturing the next generation and maximising childhood potential.
54. No exit! The secrets to keeping today’s youth actively engaged in sport
ConnectedCoaches Community Champion and UK Coaching’s Liz Burkinshaw provides advice to youth coaches on how to support young people during the transition from adolescence to adulthood so that sport and physical activity is not traded out of their lives.
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Trying to juggle family life, professional life and coaching? Feel like you are constantly trying to keep everything going all at once with the fear that something is going to drop? In this podcast ConnectedCoaches Content Champion Simon Browning shares his tips on how he has looked to maintain a balance with his time and ensure that he remains focussed in what he needs to do.
56. The art of practice: Intentional training a model way of embedding new skills
Dan Abrahams is a former professional golfer and golf coach turned sports psychologist and author. Headhunted recently by Eddie Jones to work with the England rugby team, he is also employed by Premier League side AFC Bournemouth. Here we pick his brain on the importance of training with mental intensity and explore his concept of intentional training.
57. Can you coach leadership? Are leaders born or made? What does effective leadership look like?
What plays a bigger role in determining leadership ability, genes or the environment? Is the ratio 30-70, 50-50, 80-20? Sam Turner is 100% convinced that we should stop playing the age-old nature v nurture percentage game and accept that developing leadership is not a black and white issue.
58. The Power (or Pointlessness) of Silence...
This podcast taken from member Adam Nichol blog aims to explore and stimulate ideas around the articulation and effectiveness of silence within coaching practice.
59. Exploring the key psychological attributes that underpin performance success
The Football Association’s talent identification manager Nick Levett, says any athlete who dreams of hitting the heights in their chosen sport must be as strong psychologically as they are physically, tactically and technically. Here he details the four behavioural traits he ranks foremost in importance, and explains why it is imperative coaches at every level do not neglect psychological development as part of their coaching practice.
60. How to coach a range of abilities within a large group
Does your team training sessions comprise a mix of experienced and inexperienced performers that span a spectrum of abilities? Do you coach adults and youngsters in the same group, or teenagers at different stages of maturation? This podcast provides advice on how to keep every participant engaged and challenged in sessions, maintaining individual learning pathways while being careful not to compromise support to the wider group.
61. Bridging the gender divide: Advice for women coaches on taking over a men’s team
The coaching industry is populated primarily by men. Member Marion Clignet has bucked the trend at the highest level and, with the backing of ConnectedCoaches Content Champion Catherine Baker – who is passionate about seeing more female leaders in the world of sport – they provide some advice for female coaches on how to succeed in a man’s world.
62. What is more important, how you coach children or what you coach them?
It is imperative that a coach manufactures an environment where players become responsible for their own learning. Introducing games and constraints is an effective way of achieving learning outcomes. It encourages participants to search and find solutions to problems, thereby aiding the development of new skills. While this approach requires minimal hands-on involvement from the coach, their input is nonetheless critical in ensuring its success says Dan Cottrell .
63. Coaching insights on the practical implementation of competition strategies – Part 1
In the first of this two part Q&A podcast, England women's rugby league head coach and ConnectedCoaches Community Champion Chris Chapman reflects on the 2017 World Cup sharing his reflections and coaching insights.
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