Articles, Research and Videos
The following are a varied mix of articles, research and videos to inform your coaching and/or leadership.
Developing Your Coaching Craft
In order to support our coaches and leaders to develop their coaching craft, British Canoeing are producing a series of articles to inform, educate and enable our coaches and leaders to reflect on their coaching craft.
- Transforming your Leadership
- Leadership in the Challenging World of Paddlesports
- Who are you as a Coach?
- Empowering Paddlers
- It's all about the decisions we make
- Seven Key Factors of Successful Learning
- Looking back to move forwards (better!)
- A coach's life: worry, anxiety and the unknown
- Silence is Golden
- Creating the Perfect Learning Environment
- A different way to develop our learners' skills: A constraints led approach
- Responding to 'how' our learners' learn
Articles & Videos
- 15 things all new coaches should know. When you are starting to coach, it can be a slightly daunting experience. And it should be a bit daunting. And exciting. And enjoyable, even fun. Read the 15 things that you should know to help you when you start out as a coach.
- 25 Important Questions Coaches Can Ask Children: Check out this info graphic with 25 questions coaches can ask children.
- Beginners' Guide to Coaching Children - Recommendations for those new to coaching that will go a long way to helping make your sessions fun, engaging and rewarding for both you and your participants.
- Controlling our Emotions, Optimising Performance - The psychology of paddling, exploring the mental side to optimum paddling.
- Emotional Intelligence Series
- Emotional intelligence is integral to becoming a great coach. This article deals with some important emotional issues. We shine the spotlight on the term 'emotional intelligence' and examine the gamut of everyday behavioural patterns associated with it.
- 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.
- Dealing with feelings: The importance of getting your head around emotion perception. Emotion perception is a key component of emotional intelligence. Explore the inner world of emotions, and discover how recognising and managing them in yourself and others can significantly improve your coaching.
- How to develop behavioural agility in your coaching to get the best out of yourself and your players. Take a 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.
- 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. This article explores the important role empathy, relationships and social awareness play in establishing the perfect club climate.
- The power of emotional intelligence: Turn a season to forget into a season to remember. This scenario-based article will help you conceptualise EI in a coaching context, and provide you with ideas on how to embed elements into your own coaching practice.
- Emotional Intelligence Videos:
- Exploring coaching and mental well-being with Sports Psychologist Dr Karen Howells Listen to this podcast exploring the positive impact coaching has on mental well-being with Dr Karen Howells, a sports psychologist working as a sports and fitness lecturer at the Open University.
- Helping Girls Believe They Can! A guide for coaches and leaders to support more women and girls to enjoy sport and physical activity.
- How to create a relational coaching environment. Read Connected Coaches blog about creating a unique partnership between the athlete and coach and how this can bring about performance success and personal satisfaction.
- How to inspire good behaviour in your sessions. This ConnectedCoaches article offers some helpful advice on how to avoid disruptive behaviour and provide an environment that is conducive to learning.
- Leadership in the Challenging World of Paddlesports – a Model to Help Us. Doug Cooper answers many challenging issues facing Paddlesport Leaders in today's climate, focusing on Leadership Behaviours.
- Mental health for sports and physical activity providers. UK Coaching have worked in partnership with Mind, the UK’s leading mental health charity and with support from Public Health England (PHE), are pleased to release: the 'Promoting Good Mental Health through Coaching' animation and infographics.
- Observational Heuristics in a Group of High Level Paddlesports Coaches. Observation of performance forms a critical part of the complex coaching process. A professional judgment and decision making (PJDM) framework enables optimum decisions to be made under time pressure and with limited information that derive from that observation.
- 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 as ConnectedCoaches explains.
- 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. ConnectedCoaches Community Champions Matt Wood and Matte Harte share their mentoring top tips.
- Shaping Up - Coaches as Physical Role Models: Read Sports Coach UKs research summary about physical role modelling and how this could be seen as a key part of a coach’s roles and responsibilities.
- Solutions to five common coaching challenges. A selection of coaching conundrums that have the potential to cause angst amongst even the most experienced coaches, along with some solutions from to steer you and your participants on the road to happiness and success.
- Sports Coach UK Research Summaries for Coaches - Sports Coach UK have produced a series of research summaries to give coaches access to research that is often hidden away in academic journals.
- The Team Behind the Team - Take a look at the support coaches and athletes receive to be the best they can be.
- Transformational Leadership - Dr Calum Arthur talks about the importance of Transformational Leadership.
- UK Non-Native Species - Stop the Spread: We all have a vital part to play to prevent the spread of alien species by all canoeists regardless of where they are paddling.
- What makes a good coaching session? Watch Connected Coaches video on what makes a good coaching session.
- Why Sports Need to Engage Female Volunteers: Many people across the UK choose to volunteer their time to a range of causes and activities; and sport comes high on the list. Many sports clubs and groups simply would not exist without the dedication and commitment of local people giving up their time. With this in mind, Women in Sport wanted to learn more about the numbers and experiences of female volunteers in sport.
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