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Why Do We Love Learning as Coaches? #LoveLearning Day

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Over the course of Valentine’s Day and the week following, you will see posts on Twitter from the sports coach UK Coach Education team ( @SCUKCoachEd #LoveLearning ) around why coaches love learning, and the impact it has on their coaching and development. 

I thought it would be a good idea to replicate this here, so create a trail of the learning we have undertaken, how we like to engage and why we choose to develop as coaches and coach educators.

Learning (as defined by the Oxford Dictionary) is the acquisition of knowledge or skills through study, experience, or being taught.

I find the whole area of how, when and why we learn fascinating, and I am always looking for different ways to be creative and innovative in acquiring learning and infomration that can make be a better coach, as well as a better parent and a person.

My nephew is part of the London Broncos Academy, and they have a phrase that being a Bronco makes you a better person – through the experiences and learning they experience through their involvement within the ‘bubble’ of their sport, the impact can be seen across the board.

I spend time talking to him about this, and how it can link across my own areas of study and interest, and how it links to my other sources of recent learning – from Disney Pixar, through my post graduate and workshops, to a throwaway comment from one of my daughters. 

So this is your task……

If you could take 10 minutes to share your thoughts here, and on Twitter if you are able to, it will act as vehicle to see what learning and development we are undertaking and signpost us to different topics and ways to learn.

If you frame your answers around the questions below, that will give us a huge amount of sharing

1.    What is the last learning you did as a coach?

2.    What has been the biggest influence on your learning as a coach?

3.    What/who motivates you to engage in learning about coaching?

4.    How do you prefer to engage in learning about coaching?

5.    How do you love to learn as a coach?

6.    What makes you love learning about coaching?

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!



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Here are my thoughts....

1. What is the last learning you did as a coach? I am currently on my postgraduate study in sports coaching so this informs a huge part of my coaching and thoughts
2. What has been the biggest influence on your learning as a coach? Seeing my daughters' thirst for knowledge through their school, sports and informal play has re-developed my appetite for new things in all areas
3. What/who motivates you to engage in learning about coaching? The desire to get better at what I do, and the big driver of doing something different through creativity and innovation
4. How do you prefer to engage in learning about coaching? I prefer the informal groups and chats - this is where I feel I have my breakthrough moments with people I respect
5. How do you love to learn as a coach? To be involved on all levels, as the participant, as the cacoh, as the educator so I can feel what it is like from all angles
6. What makes you love learning about coaching? Learning never stops and it makes me a better coach, educator, parent and person
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I love to learn, whether its for my job or for coaching, if I wasn't learning then how Could I possibly help athletes achieve goals, or learn how to do my job effectively and efficiently.

The last thing I learned was on Wednesday 17th February 2016, working with England athletics throws coach learning how to make a indoor throws session a safe environment, how the safety of the athletes and others around can be effected. Great session to say we hadn't much space inside.

For my current job I'm learning everyday new and exciting things that I can also use for coaching, the effects of drugs use, how to spot drugs use, mental health problems and working alongside mental health services this can also cross over to coaching, boundaries for myself and residents, I feel this is also good for coaching for child welfare and coaches own safety.

This weekend I'm attending a plyometric session which I'm really looking forward too, hopefully I can get some pictures and permission to post photos on Cc.

I love to watch an actual session when learning I feel I can gain inspiration, I feel I have a great photographic memory, however if I was to sit and read it relaxes me too much and I would fall to sleep not good in a class full of people.

I love learning new and exciting things so I'm able to make coaching sessions exciting for participants and also a learning curve for them. Athletes give me the motivation to learn the wanting to give them new and exciting ideas and challenges, with younger athletes I never use the same games over and over again unless athletes ask for a certain game or session.

I have just asked my twin girls what they enjoy about my coaching sessions. They have just said because I make it exciting and I don't repeat games even though I could be doing a jumps session I would turn into a game that wasn't boring and repetitive.
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Thanks Emma - I love this! The words that jump out are exciting, inspiration and motivation.... it will be great to see and hear of anything else you do and can share!!
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1. What is the last learning you did as a coach?
I consider all of my learning to be coach orientated, coaching is such a broad domain that there is so much to learn and not enough time to engage. I am currently in my second year of a doctorate at UCLAN, my research focus is coaching behaviour, I am learning a great deal about my own coaching as well as coaching witching my sport and generally.
2. What has been the biggest influence on your learning as a coach?
The need to improve in support of my aspirations, there is a very large pool of talent within my sport and I would like to contribute to the direction of travel and development of our international standing.
3. What/who motivates you to engage in learning about coaching?
This has always been about a personal journey of development, every obscure workshop, undergraduate, postgraduate and life experience provides me with something. However, if asked, the what is in support of my sport, it has done so much for me, and the who would be my family.
4. How do you prefer to engage in learning about coaching?
I consider myself to be a traditional learner and have always gained a great deal from the classroom environment, I am not however adverse to alternative forms of learning, (flipped; blended; informal), but feel as though time is often a barrier.
5. How do you love to learn as a coach?
Outside of my comfort zone, a traditional learning environment shared with great thinkers and innovators over the course of a weekend. The UKCC level 4 at UCLAN was a great experience with much of the learning occurring outside of the classroom.
6. What makes you love learning about coaching?
I love coaching, I have 'dreamed' of being a coach for 25 years and more, (sounds child like I know, but if you are 'in' you should be truly 'in'), and want nothing more than to be an effective, high performing coach, (regardless of how I am measured). Learning is part of that journey and I have continued to learn on an annual basis now for the last 16 years and will continue to seek out and engage in further opportunities to learn and develop as a coach.
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1I agree with comments above, as a coach you never stop learning. I love going on multi-sports coach training courses. There is so much to learn from other sports rather than your own. Do they have similar problems? What solutions worked for them etc. You often gain more from other participants than from the tutors.
2. The biggest influence has come from the people I teach. Looking at their problems motivates me to find out more information on specific problems. No two are alike so I have to explore all sorts of situations. Keeping ahead of my archers drove me on to go higher up the coaching ladder to be able to provide them with the help they required. Inspiration can come from the most unexpected sources. I like to always be enthusiastic, its really contagious . Being very positive in all situations is vitally important. Nothing kills like negativity.
3. I find it very interesting to study the different styles of coaching in my sport. There are always new influences, how do the Koreans excel? Can the Americans teach us anything new? What do the Chinese have to offer. Archery is an ancient sport with many different cultural influences. Today we have to keep up to date with new advances in the technology of archery kit too. Not everyone wants to shoot traditional longbows. Keeping ahead is a real challenge.
4. I do love going on courses, especially ones where I get to work with other coaches and study how they do things. Sadly we do not have any academy's in our part of the country, so this usually involves going 200+ miles to Lilleshall. Conferences can also be very thought provoking and helpful. Books and on-line learning are useful, but nothing beats observing and interacting with others.
5. I think I have already answered this as all the question actually overlap and run together.
6. I will never tire of learning about my sport, my archers, my coaching. I have always been thirsty for knowledge and I love being able to pass it on to others. There is no reward greater than seeing your athletes success. That look on their face when they try out a new suggestion and it works, is priceless. Once they know you can really help, they become twice as willing to learn and improve. The art of a good coach is to spot the one problem, that when solved, will bring the greatest positive benefit. Do that and you have a job for life.
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Thanks Olwyn - some great points to consider for all of us - the ability to ask questiosn of others is key!
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