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Matters Issue 4 August 2011

Issue 4 Content Page Welcome to the Enews / Major Developments


Coaching Conference


NGB Focus Football










Squash &Table Tennis


Boxing & Rugby




Athlete Centred Approach to Coaching


Funding, Sponsorship & Insurance


In The Zone Workshops



Welcome to “Coaching Matters” – Oxfordshire’s Coaching Newsletter This Newsletter is for you and will be packed with coaching hints and tips, articles from coaches and coach educators, as well as information about funding opportunities, forthcoming courses and workshops. It is your forum and your voice; we want to hear from you about your examples of good practice, projects that you are proud of and would like to share. The Newsletter will be produced quarterly at the end of October, January, April and July. The deadline for submitting articles will be the 24th of the month. If you have any comments about “Coaching Matters” please contact Denise Brown, Coaching Development Officer at …………………………………………….. MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS In recent months there have been some major developments in the world of sport Sport England announced some new programmes, under the banner of Places, People, Play, closely linked to the Olympics. Of particular relevance is Sportivate:The project targets those aged 14-25 who are either not choosing to participate in sport during their own time, or are doing so for a very limited amount of time. There is an emphasis on equity, aiming to seek representation throughout the activities from both genders, young people with a disability and BME groups. Although Olympic sports are encouraged, there are opportunities to provide a diverse range of sports as all projects must be affordable, accessible, appropriate and attractive.

If we are to deliver this programme successfully it is vital that we work closely with community coaches and clubs to provide the kind of activities young people want, at times and locations that they want, and in ways that are appealing to this audience.

Plans continue to develop for this programme so if you are keen to learn more and find out how you and your club can get involved then simply contact Steve Kemp on 01865 252621.


Sport England Inspired Facilities £50 million legacy boost for sports facilities Places People Play, Sport England’s programme to deliver a London 2012 legacy of increased mass participation in sport, is investing £50 million of National Lottery funding in up to 1000 community sports projects between 2011 and 2014.

Visit the website here The Inspired Facilities Catalogue Sport England has tried to make applying for an Inspired Facilities grant as straightforward as possible, with no specialist knowledge required. This is why Sport England has pulled together a catalogue of typical facility developments and improvements. An easier way to apply for funding to apply for facilities funding Inspired Facilities is focused on making it easier for local community and volunteer groups to improve and refurbish sports clubs or transform non-sporting venues into modern grassroots sport facilities.

The dates for the first three funding rounds are:   

Round 1: 1 August to 28 September 2011 Round 2: 1 February 2012 to 2 April 2012 Round 3: 23 July 2012 to 17 September 2012

For more information visit the dedicated website by clicking here


Oxfordshire Sports Partnership Coaching Conference a huge success… Despite the best efforts of “mother nature” threatening to spoil the day, the Oxfordshire Sports Partnership Coaching Conference was a resounding success. Over 140 participants braved Despite the best efforts of “mother nature” threatening to spoil the day, the Oxfordshire Sports the atrocious weather conditions coming from sports such as football, netball, cricket, athletics, rugby, hockey, golf, gymnastics, rowing and archery. David Hemery CBE, gold medallist at the 1968 Mexico Olympics delivered the opening address which was both informing and inspirational and got the day off to the perfect start. Other top line presenters included: 

Dick Bate, FA Elite Coaching Manager,

Peter Sturgess, FA National Development Coach

Gary Worgan, ECB regional training manager

Kat Titmus, England Netball coach

Ros Shuttleworth Chartered physiotherapist and accredited strength and conditioning coach

Lynn Evans, Coach educator and mentor with the RFU

After a long and full day the delegates went away tired but inspired. Here is some of the feedback… “Working with and listening to other professional coaches (or at least as passionate and committed) does remind me of the responsibility and the opportunity I have to influence the future of a new generation of sports people. Coaching can be lonely and unappreciated work. The feedback and reinforcement from inspirational speakers and fellow coaches who have comparable experience of working at the coal-face, ensures that I can continue my work with greater confidence and commitment. Many thanks for providing the opportunity for us to gather together”

John Hill, Oxford Rowing Coach

“The Coaching Conference gave me a timely update on a specific element of coaching practice pertaining to my sport - delivered by a National Governing Body tutor, who was also willing to incorporate support back to me on a personal level. The numbers attending the session where sufficient to enable interaction but also enable a feeling of individuality in the participation. Being able to move onto more generic workshops in the afternoon enabled me to renew my First Aid certification - a subject I struggle with, but found I was able to absorb and enjoy the content of the session, coming away with increased confidence in this area” Sue Blackshaw Kidlington Netball Club Thank you to all those who took part in the conference and to all those involved in the organisation leading up to the event itself.


FOOTBALL "Brain Centre Learning" Countless reasons have been put forward to explain England's repeated failure at international tournaments, so here is another one - a lack of intelligence. Nothing to do with GSCEs, A-levels or university degrees, mind, but when it comes to football IQ, surely England has been sitting in the dunce's corner for too long. A year ago former England international Chris Waddle hinted at English footballers' cerebral deficiency when he said Arsenal winger Theo Walcott lacked a "football brain". So given its importance, why is the brain the one part of the body for which players receive no special training or instruction? That is where Belgian UEFA A licence coach Michel Bruyninckx comes in. Over the last decade Bruyninckx has been training young players with what he calls "brain centred learning", a commonidea in education, but a new concept for football. Read the full article here

Tika-Taka style of football. Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi were named as the three best footballers in the world last year. It did not go unnoticed that all were graduates of Barcelona’s famed academy. La Masía, the prolific talent factory situated in the shadow of the Nou Camp has been churning out world – class players for more than 30 years, all of them fleet – footed, quick thinking masters of the clubs trademark tika-taka style of football. Barcelona’s domination of the FIFA Ballon d’Or nominations and Spain’s world Cup win in which Barcelona educated stars played a vital role led to a global clamour to discover the academy’s secrets. Director Charles Folguer revealed that he not only prioritises kill, vision and passing, but also respect for officials, hard work and humility; values he described as non-negotiable FC Barcelona Tiki Taka vs Real Madrid – See the video here



NETBALL New Netball centre for Oxfordshire Oxfordshire Netball is celebrating the culmination of efforts over several years in the near completion of a six-court outdoor floodlit Netball centre for Oxfordshire. The Netball centre is being built at Marsh Lane, Marston and is due to be completed by November 2011. Netball is a team game which when played at a multi-court venue bringing many teams together at the same time, has the potential to raise standards and encourage clubs to achieve higher levels of play. The new centre will act as an information port for netball in the county; strengthening the profile of the game; enabling better communication amongst clubs and also making it easier for newcomers and returners to get back into the game. It will be possible to develop many more aspects of the game which will make netball available to other groups of potential players. The centre will also enable more fluid development of officials, including much needed coaches. UKCC coaching courses are now organised by the Governing body and are available from time to time within this county, and there are several organisations which offer bursary assistance with the fees. Anyone interested in going forward with their netball coaching qualification should contact Netball Development Officer, Rachel Bussey

England Netball Level 2 Coaching Course Lord Williams’s Lower School Site, Towersey Road, Thame, Oxon, OX9 3NW Dates 29-30th Oct, 19-20th Nov and 3rd Dec. IMPORTANT:- Book before Sept 30th – Maximum number on course 18, only 12 places left. Click on the link below to register REMEMBER:- You can apply to The Oxfordshire Netball Development Board for a grant


County Social Netball Tournament Join us for a fun packed day of netball! NEW Street Netball Tasters on offer! Date: 24th September 2011 Time: 12 - 4 pm Venue: Thame Leisure Centre, Oxford Road, Thame, OX9 2BB Cost: £30 per team, £5 per individual entry. Individual entries will be placed into a team on the day. Teams need to pre-register. Closing date for entries 8 September 2011. For more info or to register contact / 01491 823175  

Oxford University Netball Club looking to recruit a coach for the 2011-12 season OUNC has two teams which compete weekly in the BUCS league. Last season, the first team regained promotion to the Midlands 1A division, and the second team maintained their position in Midlands 2A. The firsts also won the Midlands BUCS Knockout Cup. Next season, both teams intend to push for promotion in their respective leagues as well as winning the prestigious Varsity Match versus Cambridge – the biggest match of the year. We are looking for a professional and passionate coach to help us achieve our aims. Varying levels of experience will be considered. For more information or to indicate your interest in this position contact

Active Women Coaches required to deliver “Back To Netball” sessions. For further information contact Toni Bridges



“A Winning Culture” World Badminton Coaching Conference Wembley Stadium, 11th – 12th August 2011 Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see world class speakers at the iconic Wembley Stadium. Whether you’re coaching in high performance or pass on your passion for badminton in community initiatives, this conference presents a perfect opportunity to explore what it takes to cultivate “A Winning Culture” In conjunction with the Yonex BWF World Badminton Championships 2011. To secure your place or for more information visit the website or call 01908 268400

Level 1 Badminton Coaching Course The Oxford Academy on the following dates: Day 1: Sunday 11th September Day 2: Sunday 18th September Assessment Day: Sunday 2nd October For more information about coaching courses or to download a course application form, please click here For further information please contact Nina Bridge, BADMINTON England Regional Officer 07901 005 320,

Bisi Badminton bisi badminton training course for coaches on Wednesday 24th August, 6-9pm, venue TBC This bisi badminton course will provide you with plenty of games ideas for your club sessions and include games for players as young as 5 years old! It’s ideal for junior club coaches. The course costs £70 per person or £63 for registered coaches. This price includes a great resource (worth £50) with all the games, that you take away with you. To book on to this course contact Nina Bridge


101 Speed and Agility Drills Badminton Workshop 101 Speed and Agility Drills workshop will be held at the National Badminton Centre in MK on Saturday 24th September, 9.30am-4.30pm. The course costs £54 for Badminton England members. Information about the workshop 101 Speed and Agility Drills has been developed by Andy Allford, the Strength and Conditioning Coach at the English Institute of Sport and leads in the training of the English and GB badminton players. Andy will tutor the course. To book on to this course contact Nina Bridge                                    .................................................. 

BASKETBALL Level 1 Basketball Coaching Course Saturday 6th Sunday 7th August – 10-4pm each day Faringdon Community College, Fernham Road, Faringdon, Oxon, SN7 7LB

The Wantage and Faringdon Basketball Club will be hosting a level 1 coaching qualification in basketball on the above date. This will be held in the school gym, not the leisure centre at the back. Please bring your own lunch although there is a shop near by. Course cost £70. Please can all cheques be made payable to Danny Taylor and send to 22 Wolage Drive, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9FJ. Closing Date Friday29th of July Please contact Danny Taylor on or 07793 238530.


HOCKEY The National Governing Bodies of Hockey across Great Britain are proud to announce the details of their new Coaching System During the last three years a Strategy Group, consisting of key coaching personnel and the Chief Executive Officers of each Home Nation, has developed a Coaching Strategy for Great Britain as well as for each individual Home Nation Objectives of the Coaching Strategy 1. Increase quality & quantity of active appropriately qualified and skilled coaches and coach educators 2. Deliver the required number of coaching hours in the player and coach pathways 3. Provide and promote the coach and coach educator pathways 4. Increase participation, retention and standards across the player and coach pathway The key components are 

Player Pathways

Coach Pathways


Workforce Training

An innovative Coach Development Model PowerPoint presentation can be used to illustrate the Coaching Strategy across Great Britain. The coach pathways are fully defined with roles, responsibilities, qualifications required, continued professional development and environments fully populated. Click here for more information

New Quicksticks online training course launched EHB are celebrating the launch of the new Quicksticks online training course and the best news is its absolutely FREE. Available via the Quicksticks website, the course has been designed as an additional training tool to sit alongside the current Quicksticks INSET courses as a more flexible training option. The course appropriately trains deliverers to introduce hockey at instructor / entry level within a primary school or hockey club setting. It is aimed at non-specialist Primary Teachers, non-teaching schools staff (teaching assistants, lunchtime supervisors etc), and Community Sports or Hockey Club Coaches / Assistants. For further information click here


Hockey in Primary School Quick Sticks Sports coach UK have funded a project with the England Hockey Board to produce a set of video resources for teachers who want to introduce Hockey in primary schools, based on the England Hockey Board’s "Quicksticks" programme. Quicksticks introduces hockey at entry level within a Primary school or hockey club setting. How does it work? The game of Quicksticks and associated equipment and resources is explained in a series of short videos. For more information and to access the videos click here 

Coaching Clubs Following the EHB Coaching Roadshows in June we are now in a position to confirm the details of the Coaching Clubs. With some expert presenters signed up to deliver on a range of topics this marks a big step forward in developing a community of practice that can only take the sport forward Topics include: 

Self identification of coaching journey – using the 5 x 4 Coach Model

Strength and Conditioning – How to prepare your players better

Game analysis – gamebreaker and the brand new Team Performance exchange video sharing programme that could revolutionise our game

Report on a Video programme that EHB have taken part in – “Coaches when was the last time you were videoed for your performance in training and match play to get the best out of your players”

Talent identification and assessment – the tools and knowledge to help

Venues 

Bisham Abbey

Bristol – UWE sports Centre

Loughborough – University Hockey Pavilion

Leeds – University Weetwood Pavilion

Don’t miss out on what promises to be a dynamic meeting of coaches in your sport. Click here for more information


ATHLETICS England Athletics National Awards Recognising your Volunteers The annual England Athletics National Awards programme, sees volunteers from across the country recognised for their contributions in supporting the development of the sport. These people play a vitally important role in the provision and success of athletics in England and the awards programme we run gives recognition of this fact and allows for some of those who have made outstanding contributions to our sport to be officially recognised for their work The 2011 England Athletics National Awards programme will see many volunteers from across the country recognised for their contributions in supporting the development of the sport.

There will be ten categories of award, at both regional and national level. These will recognise the work of clubs, volunteers, officials and coaches, as well as the areas of partnership and disability athletics. They will reward contributions and commitment to our sport over the past 12-month period, with a more limited number of lifetime service awards................. You can nominate someone for an Award until Friday 19 August 2011

Regional Award events will be held during September and early October and the England National Awards & Hall of Fame Evening will be held at the Hilton Metropole, NEC Birmingham, on Saturday 22 October 2011.

View all the details and access the nomination form here


SQUASH A Word to the Wise How can a coach make best use of a pre- or in-game talk with their team or individual athlete? ‘It’s an art form,’ says Malcolm Willstrop, whose untouchable reputation as a squash coach sees many of the world’s top players flock to Pontefract Squash Club in Yorkshire to receive his wisdom. ‘It’s highly significant,’ he says.‘You may be able to turn a game and you may equally get it wrong. ‘In squash you’ve only got a minute-and-a-half between games (equivalent to tennis’ sets). What I say is never technical, rarely tactical. Often it’s supportive, being there for them, an odd word. A player can’t take loads of rubbish off you in 90 seconds.’ A great test is to ask a player/team post game what the coach said at half time.....? ‘Sometimes I can’t see things on the court that Malc can’, says world number 6 James Willstrop. That’s where he can turn matches around –Willstrop snr reiterates his son’s vital point –keeping it simple. He explains: ‘Doug Sanders (American golfer of the 1960s) once said, “They feed you so much stuff, you forget how to use the fork”... in other words, the idea is to hit the ball properly in the right places, and if you overcloud things you might lose sight of that. That’s very wise, because there’s always that danger of over complicating.’ If you do the same routine it wears thin pretty quickly. Do you always need to raise your voice? No way. If you do the same thing all the time players become immune to the way that you end up speaking to them.’ Top tips for team talks 

Keep it simple.

Limit any in-game advice to one or two Specific points

Adapt quickly and decide what sort of change is needed – tactical, mental or none at all.

Don’t be reactionary – use the limited time available to structure what you want to say and communicate it in a controlled way.

Concentrate on what needs to happen next, not on what just happened.

Accept that whatever you say, ultimate responsibility lies with the player. As Willstrop snr says: ‘No matter what you’ve imparted to them, they have to do it.

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The South Regional Closed Racketball Championships, 22nd & 23rd October 2011 at Racquets Fitness Centre, Thame. The competition is a closed event and therefore only entrants from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire will be accepted. Please note the closing date for entries is 12pm on Friday 7th October 2011 and entries will only be accepted when accompanied by payment. Any entries received after the closing date will not be accepted. The entry fee is £15 and each entrant will receive a free t-shirt. For more information and entry forms, please contact Marie Gook on 01296 585877

England Squash & Racketball Coaching Conference in association with Tecnifibre International 19-20th December Following a hugely successful inaugural coaching convention, England Squash & Racketball (ESR) returns to Lilleshall National Sports Centre for the second Coaching Conference. The 2011 agenda includes original perspective on coaching practices, theories and methodology and also keynotes and seminars from the English Institute of Sport, ESR Coaching & Performance Team and Team England players. The evening dinner will incorporate the ESR Coaching Awards, an initiative designed to acknowledge, thank and reward Squash and Racketball coaches across the country for their dedication, innovation and coaching achievements. cost remains at £230.00 per delegate (includes: one night‘s B&B December 19 2011), lunches, conference dinner, refreshments and conference resources). An early bird discount of £30.00 per delegate applies to all completed bookings received before Au-gust 31 2011. Applications and payment received after this date will be charged the full delegate rate. Spaces at the conference are limited, please book early to avoid disappointment. To receive a coach-ing conference application, please contact the ESR Coaching & Performance Department – 0161 438 4318 alternatively ……………………………………………………………

TABLE TENNIS UKCC Level 1 Table Tennis Coaching Course, Kidlington Venue: Kidlington Table Tennis Club, Exeter Close Pavilion, Crown Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AG  Dates: 15th January & 26th February 2012  Cost: £190 per candidate  For more information please contact Lisa Williams, ETTA South East Regional Development Manager   Email: Mobile: 07817727024 Web:   Table Tennis Level 1 Application Form (374 KB)  


BOXING Windrush Valley Amateur Boxing Club wins Prestigious Award

Windrush Valley Amateur Boxing Club from Carterton has been announced as one of 130 winners of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for groups of volunteers who work in their local community for the benefit of others. This prestigious UK National Honour recognises outstanding voluntary contributions and sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering, with the work of those awarded being judged to be of the highest standard. Windrush Valley Amateur Boxing Club has received the Award for providing access to the sport of boxing on a recreational, educational and competitive level, helping all ages and abilities to be the best that they can be Those receiving this year’s Award were selected from 413 groups nominated by members of the public who have been helped personally or witnessed the benefits of a group’s work in their community. Windrush Valley ABC will receive a certificate signed by The Queen and an exclusive commemorative crystal, presented by Her Majesty's representative in Oxfordshire the LordLieutenant Stevenson at a special ceremony. The group has also received an invitation for representatives to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in the summer. Speaking of their success, Ann Setch from Windrush Valley said: “We are thrilled to have received this prestigious award. The volunteers within the club give so much of their time and work with such passion, and whilst nobody expects any recognition this is as good as it gets.” The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Award Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Martyn Lewis CBE said, “Volunteer groups make such an important contribution to their communities, often without praise for the incredible job they do. In these difficult times their efforts are even more valuable. It’s a pleasure to celebrate the achievements of Windrush Valley Amateur Boxing Club with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and give official recognition for the benefits they bring to others’ lives.” More than 980 groups around the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man have now received this annual Award since it was created by Her Majesty to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002.


Boxing and Education Scholarship Get a first class education that will get you to College? Gain Industry recognized qualification to work in the sports industry? Learn the discipline and ethics of coaching boxing? Train with some of the best boxing coaches in the business? Become a boxing coach or referee?

Boxing Academy Berinsfield Boxing Club in Partnership with The Oxford Academy and Virtual Learning UK is offering a unique scholarship for 16-19 year old boys and girls with an interest in coaching to pursue a 1 year Boxing and Education Scholarship in Oxford. To ensure that learners are fully prepared for the future, the scholarship includes a full time education package, incorporating: 

BTEC Level 2 Diploma, worth up to 4 GCSE’s (Will allow access to most Level 3 college courses)

Level 2 NVQ in Coaching Boxing opens the door to a coaching career in Boxing.

For more information Email Call 078601 56950


RUGBY Congratulations to Oxford Rugby Football Union on running a superb Level 2 Coaching Course in July. Coach Educators Rich Williams and Tim Holmes were impressed with the standard of coaching and Course Leader Jay Bowers says in terms of quality, this was the best group we have had in a long time. In numbers we will go forward with a further 22 coaches who will be delivering to varying groups both children and adults throughout Oxfordshire (18) Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire ORFU are also currently working with Oxfordshire Sports Partnership Coaching Development Officer on a Coach Mentoring scheme. The ORFU club coaching coordinators will receive training in supporting and developing their coaches. This is a work in progress and the training programme is currently being developed. For more information contact Jason Bowers, Rugby Development Officer – Oxfordshire


GYMNASTICS Oxford School of Gymnastics lead the way……Oxford School of Gymnastics is the first club in Oxfordshire to offer Acrobatic Gymnastics. The club was established in 2003 by Caroline Day and Emma Parr, with the vision of producing Great British, European and World Champions. The club has gone from strength to strength in a relatively short time and they have certainly achieved their vision counting several British Champions, European and World Medal winners amongst their gymnasts and coaches. View performances below Dynamic Routine – qualifying Acrogym WAGC 11-16, Great Britain silver medal performance If you would like to know more about Oxford School of Gymnastics visit

UKCC Level 1 Coaching Awards in Oxfordshire and Berkshire General Gymnastics: 2nd, 16th & 30th October 2011. Assessment 8th January 2012. Slough Gymnastics Club, Berkshire. Places going fast. Application deadline 2nd September 2011 Trampoline Gymnastics: 25th September, 15th and 22nd October 2011. Assessment 7th January 2012. Wantage Leisure Centre, Oxfordshire. Places going fast. Application deadline 25th August 2011 Pre-School Gymnastics: 25th September, 16th and 17th October 2011. Assessment 12th February 2012. Phoenix Gymnastics Club, Berkshire. A few places left. Application deadline 25th August 2011 Women's Artistic: 14th, 28th & 29th January 2012. Assessment 1st April 2012. Wantage Leisure Centre, Oxfordshire. Application deadline 14th December 2011 Applications for all UKCC Level 1 & Level 2 courses: <> Apply Online via the British Gymnastic Website using the following link! <


UKCC Level 2 Coach Courses in Oxfordshire Women's Artistic: 4th December 2011, 22nd January, 5th February, 11th March and 1st April 2012. Assessment 1st July 2012. Abingdon Gymnastics Club, Oxfordshire. 2 Booked and 8 Spaces available. Application deadline 4th November 2011 General Gymnastics: 4th December 2011, 22nd January, 5th February, 11th March and 1st April 2012. Assessment 1st July 2012. Abingdon Gymnastics Club, Oxfordshire. 1 Booked and 9 Spaces available. Application deadline 4th November 2011 New! Trampoline Gymnastics: 6th November, 11th December 2011, 29th January, 26th February & 11th March 2012. Assessment TBC 2012.   10 Spaces available. Application deadline 6th October 2011  Applications for all UKCC Level 1 & Level 2 courses: <>  Apply online via the British Gymnastics Website using the following link!

Cycle 5/6 Update to UKCC Course in Berkshire This is essential for all coaches who have an old cycle 5/6 Level 1 qualification who want to progress onto any UKCC Level 2 course 20th November 2011 at Phoenix Gymnastics Club, Berkshire. 16 Spaces available and application deadline 20th October 2011 Applications for Cycle 5/6 Update to UKCC courses: courses%3E

Rhythmic Handling Workshop for Coaches A How to Teach Handling workshop has been set up at Phoenix Gymnastics Club in Windsor, Berkshire on Sunday 21st August 2011 and there are still plenty of spaces available! This course is open to new and trainee coaches as well as existing coaches who wish to improve their handling skills. It will be a fun based session with emphasis on hoop, rope and ball skills and an introduction to ribbon. For more information and to access an application form, please email Emily Sanderson at


Athlete Centred Approach “Like other learners, athletes develop understanding and learn more effectively when they are involved in solving problems for themselves” (Butler, 1997). This opening quote comes from Lyn Kidman’s influential book ‘Athlete-centred coaching‘ which seeks to outline how sports coaches can develop an awareness, understanding and capacity to develop inspired and inspiring people. With contributions from a number of top Kiwi sports coaches from a range of sports to reinforce the benefits of the approach the book gives a comprehensive outline of the Athlete-Centred approach to coaching. But what is it? The notion of ‘athlete-centred coaching’ has emerged in the past decade, or so, and now features highly in many of today’s sports coaching qualifications that are recognised by the UKCC endorsement process. But what does ‘athlete-centred coaching’ look like? What is clear is that while we aspire to promote the adoption of this approach to coaching, especially in the foundation years with children, many Coach Education Tutors do not, themselves, know what the term actually means! It is clear that if the approach, and its related delivery tools including ‘teaching games for understanding’ or ‘game sense’, are to be effectively used then it is vital that clarity over what the term means is needed. ‘Whether it is ‘coach educators’ who are training the next generation of sports coaches, ‘coach managers’ who will recruit and deploy sports coaches or the coaches themselves a better understanding of the term is needed. Do you know the difference between a coach-centred and an athlete-centred approach? Do you know the difference between an ‘empowering’ approach to coaching and an athlete-centred approach to coaching? What effect does an athlete-centred approach have on the coach-participation role relationship? Does it have an impact on a coach’s philosophy? How about team culture? What about the measurement of success? Many questions that coaches need time to reflect on but central to these and others is clarity over what the term actually means! To refer back to Lyn Kidman (2005:p28) it is worth considering that in Australia it was ‘suggested that the five most common reasons for dropping out of sport are related to the coach’ (I. Robertson, 1992). Coaching, fundamentally, is about changing someone’s performance and helping them to achieve realistic personal goals. So any coach, who is involved for such reasons will not want to be the cause of driving participants out of sport. So do you have a clear understanding of what athletecentred coaching is? How it applies to your role within the sports coaching profession? What are you going to do to improve your knowledge of what it is and how it is delivered ?


Funding, Sponsorship and Insurance Oxfordshire Sports Partnership Funding Updates Keeps you up to date with the upcoming deadlines and new funding opportunities. Click here for the latest updates

Creating great sponsorship proposals It’s a tough time for anyone seeking sponsorship right now. Not only does the economic climate mean businesses have tightened their belts, but many non-Olympic sports are struggling at a time when London 2012 seems to be the big focus.

A strong sponsorship proposal can make all the difference in getting you noticed, so we thought we'd share our Top 10 Tips for creating great sponsorship proposals.

British Rowing Henley Stewards’ Charitable Trust Scholarships Applications for the 2011 Henley Stewards' Charitable Trust postgraduate scheme are now being invited. The HSCT Scholarship positions are suitable for people wishing to spend two years combining the part-time coaching of young people, with studying for a part-time sport related postgraduate qualification. British Rowing, in partnership with the Stewards’ Charitable Trust, is pleased to offer a number of scholarship opportunities to deliver this highly successful programme in a number of different rowing regions. Applicants should enjoy working with people of all ages and ability and be able to work both independently and as part of a team. This is a very popular programme and early application is advised.

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New sports coach UK Website sports coach UK has launched a new website that has an area dedicated solely to coaches.

The For Coaches section has key information on getting started in in coaching and on CPD and training. There is also a searchable Resource Bank where you can find information around topic areas such as Become a Coach, Coaching Children's Participation and Inclusion and Diversity Coaching.

To take a closer look go to and click on the For Coaches tab.


In the Zone - Oxfordshire’s Education for Sport and Physical Activity directory; developing your skills, knowledge and confidence.

Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) Want to save your club money, find out how ……. The CASC scheme was introduced in April 2002 and has enabled many local amateur sports clubs to register with the HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and benefit from a range of tax relief's, including Gift Aid. Learn about the benefits of CASC status to your club You’ll discover how you can save money by enjoying: 

80% mandatory rate relief

Gift Aid on donations

Exemption from some levels of Corporation Tax.

Increase your chances of a successful CASC application By understanding what your club might need to do to qualify and the process required to achieve CASC status, you’ll be in the best position possible to be successful in your application. Benefit from the latest information that will save your club money! This workshop is bang up to date with new statistics, new case studies and the new HMRC application form and guidance notes. This workshop is taking place on 20th September 2011 at Abingdon School in Oxfordshire.    For more information and to book a place, please contact: Graham Hurst (01865 252 661) or Zoe O'Neil (01865 252 676)


New Workshop Calendar in its way! The Oxfordshire Sports Partnership are currently planning the In The Zone workshop calendar for Sept 2011 – August 2012. Workshops will include:

General Workshops  First Aid in Sport  Safeguarding and Protecting Children  Safeguarding and Protecting Children 2 – Reflecting on Practice Workshops for Coaches      

Analysing your Coaching Inclusive Coaching - Disability Introduction to FUNdamentals Sports Nutrition Speed, Agility and Quickness (SAQ) Strength and Conditioning

Workshops for Clubs      

Club for All Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) Developing Partnerships with Clubs and Schools Equity in your Coaching Funding for you Club Sport England Small Grants Programme

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The Oxfordshire Sports Partnership is the collective term used to describe the network of agencies, groups and individuals who are committed to achieving the shared vision for Oxfordshire, which is:

'Everyone in Oxfordshire more active and achieving their potential through sport' The purpose of the Partnership is to: 'Bring partners together to improve the health of everyone in Oxfordshire through enjoyable sport and physical activity'

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Coaching Matters - Issue 4  

Coaching Matters - Issue 4

Coaching Matters - Issue 4  

Coaching Matters - Issue 4