Coaching children — giving them what they want, and some of what they need — with iCoachKids

I have started on the iCoachKids online course Developing Effective Environments for Children in Sport.

This is the first of three “MOOCs” from the iCoachKids project, an international, collaborative, multi-agency project aiming to support the development of a Specialist Children and Youth Coaching Workforce across the EU, funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

Thought-provoking content (lots of it!), enthusiastically presented, and addressing an area of coaching that is too often dismissed as “just coaching kids”!

The role of the coach in children’s sport is widely misunderstood— are they performance coach, guru, task-master, child-minder?  — when perhaps the most important thing that a coach in children’s sport can do is to help the child to develop a love of sport (any sport) that will carry on into adult life.

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What is coaching? From Performance to Little Legends

Back in November I completed an online course, Coaching in the Knowledge Era, led by Paddy Upton of Deakin University and hosted by FutureLearn – http://www.futurelearn.com.

I was struck by the parallels between Paddy’s definition of coaching in the knowledge era and the thoughts of Julian Stodd on the Social Age, of Ian Renshaw on a constraints-led approach to coaching, and of Trent Woodhill on being a batting coach in the modern era.

But I also found myself wondering if the concepts espoused by these elite coaches were going to be applicable to my own work with cricketing beginners.
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Question time – ECB Coaches Association Conference, day 2

After the buzz of day 1, my day 2 at the ECB Coaches Association had a much more philosophical twist to it.

Probably for the best, after participating in Ian Renshaw’s “Club Constraints” session on Saturday, then waking early on Sunday morning to listen to the end of the Women’s Ashes ODI.

So I was ready to sit, listen and think by the time we got going on the morning of day 2. Continue reading Question time – ECB Coaches Association Conference, day 2