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The Winter Olympics are in full-swing, and Team GB is already making its mark on the snow and ice with Elise Christie through to the 500m speed skating quarter-finals and Andrew Musgrave producing the best performance by a Briton in an Olympic cross-country event by finishing seventh in the men’s skiathlon.

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Have you noticed professional athletes who wear their emotions on their sleeve during competition? They are experiencing stress because the consequences of failure are important to them. Stress occurs when there is an imbalance between demand and the person’s capacity or abilities (8). It fluctuates based on our individual differences and our environment, which is especially relevant to athletes. Stress is linked with negative emotions, undesirable behaviors, dissatisfaction, overtraining, poor psychological health, low well-being, burnout, and underperformance (4, 15).

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The publication of UK Coaching’s research ‘Coaching in the UK’ revealed that over nine million adults experienced the broad benefits of coaching in the last 12 months, and the majority agreed that coaching had improved aspects of their physical and mental well-being – reinforcing the belief that great coaching transforms lives.

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The 13 million people who live in low income households are one of the groups with the lowest participation rates in sport and physical activity. Only 26% of people from low socio economic groups take part compared to 39.5% of people from more affluent groups. Half of the people living in poverty are in working families, with two thirds of children living in poverty coming from a working household.

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UK Coaching Blog by Jwright - 1y ago

Amina is a single mother of seven children. She has shared her story with UK Coaching so that coaches and national governing bodies of sport can start to think differently about people who are managing on low-incomes and want to access sport and physical activity.

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UK Coaching Blog by Cchapman - 1y ago

When we discuss coaching talent and the pathway, invariably parents are raised by a number of coaches as a ‘challenge’. I often reply ‘parents do the wrong thing for the right reasons’; what do I mean by that.

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Parents in Sport Week is upon us again and always a fantastic time to reflect on the dedication of parents across the country in supporting their children to take part in sport and physical activity; a big thank you to them is perhaps the first place to start.  As an athlete who was once ferried to training and competitions and now as a coach, I fully understand that without parents’ willingness to taxi their children around I’d often have no-one to coach.

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In support of Parents in Sport Week, I thought it would be interesting to interview a couple of parents whose daughters have come through the England Hockey talent pathway.  Even though the specifics are different, they both share some interesting and very connected reflections. Roger’s two daughters (Holly and Lauren) have come through the National Age Group programme and into the U21 squad, two years apart.

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National Fitness Day - a coach's perspective - YouTube

As part of UK Active's National Fitness Day - 27 September 2017 - gym operators and physical activity providers across the UK offer a wide range of free taster sessions to raise awareness and encourage people to do more physical acivity.

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