Coaching others to coach
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Session 8: Refreshing coach development for the digital age

Introduction

This session explores how coach learning and development may need to adjust as technology, society and coaching evolve in a digital age.

A sprinter in a yellow shirt is poised on his starting blocks ready to race.
Figure 1 How far will digital devices become integrated into learning? Will they become as widely used as starting blocks are now, following their debut in 1948 Olympic Games?

Technology will be the big one and there’s a lot of unknowns in that respect and possibly something we’ve got to invest more time in, trying to predict and future-proof our approach to both coach development and player development with the advent of different technological advancements.

(Edd Vahid, Assistant Academy Manager, Southampton FC, Leaders Performance Institute, 2019)

Coaching practice is now influenced by digital devices whether they be used for filming, collaborating or communicating. But coach learning and development has also been transformed with coaches having a wealth of expertise and information available in a few clicks. Watch as Stuart Armstrong explains further.

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As this course comes to a close you will explore the future potential of digital technology – some of which is a little controversial.

By the end of this session, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate a heightened awareness of the potential impact of digital technologies on coach learning and development
  • consider and reflect on the concept of coach developers as ‘digital content curators’
  • explore cases of coach learning and development informed through the use of social media.

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