The Leisure Review Coaching Insights

A series of seminars for sports coaching professionals

The TLR Coaching Insights programme has been designed for coaches and by coaches to help get developed and developing practitioners out of their sport-based silos and into contact with other like-minded people to learn, challenge, be challenged and network. The format is simple: three hours, four speakers from elite to grassroots sport, from business and from academia with time for networking built in. The target audience is Level 2 coaches and above along with their managers and educators in full-time, part-time and voluntary roles.

For further information on these seminars or to discuss becoming a Coaching Insight delivery partner contact Mick Owen at The Leisure Review

Coaching individuals, teams and teams of individuals

The Leisure Review Coaching Insight
29 October 2013, 1.30pm
Nottingham Trent University

The next Coaching Insight session is scheduled for Tuesday 29 October at Nottingham Trent’s Clifton campus. Starting at 1.30pm, this event will investigate the differences between coaching teams of individuals and coaching individuals in groups. The session will last until about 4.30pm and offer extensive opportunities to discuss and debate sports coaching with highly experienced coaching professionals and fellow coaches seeking to develop their own coaching careers. In recent years The Leisure Review Coaching Insight sessions have established as a highly effective element of continuing professional develop for coaches looking to expand their understanding of the coaching process beyond the confines of their particular sports. For full details of how you can be part of this event contact Mick Owen at The Leisure Review.

Download the official flyer for this event.

Coaching Insight reports


Coaching young adults: the Gen Y conundrum

The Leisure Review Coaching Insight
11 September 2013, 7pm
University of Manchester

Described as "tech-savvy", "achievement-oriented" and "attention-craving", today's young adults, whatever their background, challenge their coaches to work in a world where the athletes' needs and expectations and the pace of change are just part of the challenge.

Our facilitator: David Haskins
When he retired last year David was a visiting lecturer at both Liverpool John Moores and Sheffield Hallam universities and he has a wealth of experience working with adults. Busier now than ever, he is a leading thinker, writer and speaker on sports coaching and will help our audience of coaches from all corners of the coaching world explore the issues.

Our speakers:

B-J Mather
An international player in both codes of rugby, B-J now works for the Rugby Football League as their head of player development, a role in which he manages the expectations of the nation's most promising young performers.
Dowload the presentation: [Powerpoint file 450KB]

Justyn Price
Street Games changes lives and communities by bringing sport closer to home for disadvantaged communities. As their training & NGB relationship manager, Justyn will explain how “doorstep sport” is changing the lives of young adults across Britain.
Dowload the presentation: [Powerpoint file 3.8MB]

Inspiration is 99% preparation and 1% luck: is this true in coaching?

The Olympic strapline “Inspiring a generation” and the post-2012 bulge in participation have conspired to put pressure on coaches at all levels to add “inspiration” to their coaching toolbox. We’ll explore the concept with expert speakers and an audience of coaches to assess its validity in a variety of coaching contexts. Presented on 28th February 2013 with speakers Richard Cheetham, Nick Scott and Justyn Price.

A report of this Coaching Insight event can be found in the April 2013 issue of
The Leisure Review.

Coaching is a people business: the power dynamic in the coaching relationship

Presented witih Sport Nottinghamshire and Nottinghamshire County Council on 1 November at Nottingham University

Presentation: Dave Haskins [Powerpoint file 2.5Mb]

Presentation: Martyn Rothwell [Powerpoint file 5.5Mb]

Presentation: Sally Proudlove [Powerpoint file 3Mb]

Hamish Telfer [Powerpoint file 1.5Mb]

Learning in games, with games and from the Games

Presented with the Herts Sports Partnership on 7 October at the Hertfordshire Sports Village, Hatfield

Presentation: Sergio Lara-Berciel [PowerPoint file 4Mb]

Article: Richard Bailey on what is developmentally appropriate sport [pdf ]

The chameleon coach: the challenge of being all things to all people

Held on 6th December, York St John University

A report of this event can be found in in the Feb 2012 issue of The Leisure Review.

Right coach, right place, right time: the coach as an agent of change

Held on 23rd November, Winchester University

A report of this event appears in the December 2011 issue of TLR

Sitting at the feet of giants: what can we learn from the coaches of elite performers?

Held on 19 October, Nottingham Trent University

A report of this event appears in the November 2011 edition of TLR.

Nurturing and developing talent: how do we find the coach's Philosopher's Stone

Held on 6 October, Warrington Collegiate

Presentation: David Rotheram [PowerPoint file 2.16MB]

Presentation: Chris Robertson [PowerPoint file 252KB]

Presentation: Gwenda Ward [PowerPoint file 423KB]

Coaching: profession, vocation or business opportunity?

Held on 29 June 2011, Nottingham Trent University

The demand for sports coaches in schools, commercial and governing body programmes and the Olympic legacy sector has meant more coaches are getting paid more often, but are they getting more professional? This seminar heard from commercial coaching companies, advocates for the professionalisation of coaching, governing bodies that need to help coaches adapt to the modern world, and leading academics.

A report of this event is now available

Embracing chaos: innovative approaches to coaching and coach education

Held on 12 May 2011 at Birchwood Golf Club, Warrington

This event explored the supposition that If success in sport is “the accumulation of marginal gains” the need to innovate should be a major driver for coaches, coach educators and coach managers. However, reliance on tried and tested methods, a watch-me-then-you-do-it approach to coach training and the dreaded tick box mentality which percolates into coaching from our friends in sports development all erode the will to experiment. Our speakers were John Mills leading coach educator for British Cycling and the UCI, Ian Thompson coach development manager for the RFU in the North West and David Haskins Visiting Fellow at both Liverpool John Moores and Sheffield Hallam universities but the key ingredient was the coaches in the room.

A report of this event is available in the June 2011 issue of The Leisure Review.

Presentation: Mark Drummond [PowerPoint file 4.2MB]

Presentation: Dave Haskins [PowerPoint file 3.8MB]

Presentation: British Cycling [PowerPoint file 3.4MB]




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