How do coaches learn to be better coaches?

When I first I qualified as a coach, back in 2009, I was told “get your coaching badge, then go and do some coaching.” It felt odd, having just completed a “taught” course, but it seemed almost a recognition of the failure of coach education to actually teach the new coach what they should do. …

We don’t talk any more…if we ever did — on (the absence of) coaching discourse amongst cricket coaches, and a possible role for Communities of Practice in coach development

When did you last have a serious coaching conversation with a fellow coach? Not about who gets to use the bowling machine first, or about an individual a player, or the opposition for next week’s game. But actually about the art and craft of coaching? Just before Christmas, I stumbled into what could evolve into …

UNCRC & sports coaching — more than “safeguarding”

I had heard of a “rights-based approach” to coaching children, but not understood how this extends beyond keeping them safe from harm, important as this is. So I was very interested to find out more about this approach, and how rights-based coaching relates to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), as …