A question of skill in sport — learning vs. acquisition & development

Is learning facts the same process as developing a new skill? If it is, then (perhaps) academic pedagogical principles transfer to sports coaching. But if skill development is a different type of “learning”, does the coach need other techniques? Now, I currently have little to base this feeling beyond my own experience of learning. And …

WITTW vs. WIN — is winning the most important outcome, even for “high performance”?

The ECB’s 2022 High Performance Review, led by Andrew Strauss, has attracted extensive scrutiny for the suggested new playing schedule for First Class and List A, but remarkably little for those elements of the Review that relate to creating a high performance culture away from match days i.e. coaching, pathway, player development. In amongst the …

Where did you learn about coaching?

Over the summer, a Twitter correspondent asked me how I learnt about coaching. Fair question. I do (probably too often) post quite definitive statements to Twitter of what I believe to be the reality of coaching. I am happy to express an opinion on subjects “way above my pay grade”. Even when those “opinions” are …