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Culture — from the professional game to the U9s

Last week, I sat in on a webinar, organised by Essex Cricket in the Community (ECiC), that featured a talk from Anthony McGrath, Head Coach of the 2019 County Championship and T20 Blast Double Winners.

I was fascinated to hear about the culture that “Mags” is creating in the 1st XI Squad at Chelmsford and, importantly, how that same culture applies across the Academy and Development Pathway.

Maybe this sort of sharing goes on all the time. I have little contact with the development pathway or the pro game.

But as a grassroots children’s coach, I find this sort of information really helpful. If I am to shape a culture in the environment I work in (coach as environmental and cultural engineer), surely it makes sense if it can match that higher up the pathway (assuming that culture is healthy and positive, of course — this most certainly seems to be).

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Biomechanics — not for “kids’ coaches”…or is it?

Just been re-watching a couple of really interesting webinars from last week — biomechanics of bowling and batting, with Paul Felton and Stuart McErlain-Naylor.

Well presented, and clearly very relevant to anyone coaching in a development or performance environment.

So what was I doing on the call? I coach the U9s…

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Coaching Philosophy v2.01

Back in December 2018 I drafted a “coaching philosophy’ whilst working through the iCoachKids MOOC Developing Effective Environments for Children in Sport.

My Coaching Philosophy v2.0

  • Better is always possible — you just might have to re-define your better!
  • But if it isn’t fun, the participants won’t come back next week, and will never have the chance to get any better!

I have belatedly returned to the iCK courses, and have just completed MOOC #3, Coaching on the Ground: Planning, Doing, Reviewing.

One challenge set for the “Lifelong Learning Coach” is to revisit and review behaviours, habits, and philosophies.

So — how does the Philosophy 2.0 it still stand up to scrutiny, 15 months on?