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6 Enhancing your coach developer skills

This course takes the perspective that becoming a more effective coach developer is an ongoing learning process, and you need tangible forms of support and guidance to help you learn and acquire more expertise.

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Figure 11 Developing your own expertise as a coach developer

In the following activity two experienced coach developers provide a personal reflection on their own learning and development.

Activity 6 Developing your coach developer expertise

Timing: Allow about 15 minutes

Watch the following video of an interview with two experienced coach developers: Andy Bradshaw, Coaching Manager (Talent and Inclusion) at UK Coaching and coach/mentor with England Hockey, and Jane Lomax, Senior Lecturer in PE and Coaching at the University of Chichester and England Netball tutor. How do they believe they have accumulated the expertise that has helped them become more effective coach developers?

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Andy and Jane identify a range of learning opportunities from which they have benefited. These opportunities include:

  1. Learning by working alongside more experienced colleagues, making sense of their practice and bouncing ideas off them.
  2. Finding the time and space to critically reflect on their practice and learning from what works and what didn’t and why.
  3. Being curious and drawing on research and evidence to support and develop their practice and understanding why they are doing what they are doing.
  4. Having a trusted group of colleagues who can challenge their thinking and a supportive network within their own governing body.

Like learning to become a better coach, becoming a better coach developer is a journey with its own challenges, difficulties and different paths to follow. This course itself can be part of your journey towards becoming a more effective and expert coach developer.