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The Power of the Superstar: Skill versus Physical Development.

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It’s fair to say that Lionel Messi is one of the greatest footballers to have ever lived; some say he’s the best.  It seems...

My final thoughts on coaching the GB Ultimate Frisbee Team…

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From all at the FCN, we wish Jools a safe trip back to Canada and best of luck for her new coaching adventures ahead! For those...

Pregnancy & Coaching; Rachel’s Story

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Our series of blogs about pregnancy and coaching aim to share stories of women's experience as to how they juggled being a new mum and a coach.  Following on from our latest blogs, Rachel Sandler (a T&F coach from USA) got in touch to explain her experience of coaching whilst pregnant and her thoughts on the Q&A blogs with Erika, Rikki and Shelli...   "I was the assistant Cross Country and Track & Field coach at a Division III liberal arts college for 4 years, and coached all 3 seasons (cross

Pan Am Games; training ends & the games begin!

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As our third day of training draws to a close, our crew is now ready to launch the first real match, which will happen tomorrow.  I've been pretty focused on making sure that our timing, scoring and results procedures are all set to go and that I'm comfortable with my job at the main supervisor station. I did get a little chance to watch some beach volleyball yesterday and walk around the grounds at Pan Am Park.  There's lots of energy and lots of pin trading going on, loud music and concession

Pregnancy & Coaching; During Pregnancy

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    A big thank you to our 3 coaches for sharing with us their pregnancy and coaching experience so far.  Here at the FCN, we know...

Pan Am Games; Brenda’s first day as a volunteer

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  Brenda is the Head Coach to the Queen's University Mens Volleyball Team in Ontario, Canada.  Her career has spanned 40 years and in that time she has won many Championships, has an incredible win-loss record and was inducted into the Kingston & District Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.   Brenda is volunteering at the Pan Am Games 2015 which is being held in her home Country Canada.  She will be spending most her in the Exhibition Centre to support the Volleyball.     Below, Brenda shares with us

Do we really care?

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    As qualified coaches, we have been educated in two main areas of being a sports coach;  i) being an effective coach and ii) being a knowledgeable coach.  That being, we are taught the theory behind technique and tactics  (i.e. what to coach ) and how to deliver that knowledge to our players / athletes (i.e. how to coach).  But, there is also a third key element that is never taught in formal education settings and may come more naturally to some than others…the ability to care for your

Jennifer King – Interview

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  Jennifer King enters her ninth year as a member of The Pride women’s basketball staff in 2014-15 and leads one of the finest women’s...

Pregnancy & Coaching; Finding out about the pregnancy

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  To kick off our series about pregnancy and coaching, we wanted to ask our coaches about their experience of initially finding out they were pregnant and the reaction of their colleagues.  As all three women are employed in their coaching positions, they are of course covered by employment law, but due to the nature of their employed jobs, was there a fear of letting their team down?  How does such a life changing situation affect a coaches ability to coach and did they plan their pregnancy in

Why some female athletes may be resistant to female coaches…

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  Emily Ryall has been involved in coaching rugby in the UK for over 15 years and has coached at various levels of the game for both men and women. She is currently 1st team backs coach for Cheltenham Tigers and 7s coach for Tribe7s. Her day job is as an academic in the philosophy of sport at the University of Gloucestershire (UK) and she is the author of a number of journal articles and books on sport.   During a recent twitter discussion about why they are a lack of female coaches in football