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Social Coaching: beyond performance

Last week I was reminded about the immense power of coaching at totally opposite ends of the participation spectrum. On Wednesday (30th April) I spent most of my day on the road, travelling to a sports coach UK partner event in Nottingham, where approximately thirty of my England Coaching Network colleagues met to discuss our strategies on supporting the coaches involved in UK’s talent landscape.  It was a massively powerful day and really resonated with me as a coach. I was forced to reflect on some of my own past and present experiences of working within the talent and performance domain. I love talking about talent development and contemplating ways to support our local talent coaches as well as developing new strategies and skills to improve my own coaching and my athletes.

However, on Thursday I attended two very different events which couldn't have been further from the talent topic and yet have so many connecting threads, and were, to my surprise, equally inspirational.
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New MSc in Athletic Performance for coaches

Southampton Solent University are offering a new Masters in Athletic Development and Peak Performance. This is a perfect MSc for anyone looking to progress their career in coaching, performance analysis, strength and conditioning, education, health and exercise testing or sport science support.Solent Uni Logo

Why Solent

Whilst there are three Universities in Hampshire that offer sports-related undergraduate degrees, Southampton Solent University are the only one that offer both undergraduate and post-graduate degree studies in coaching and performance development. Southampton Solent Univeristy is unique in this regard, but also boasts a track record of exceptional student satisfaction and the new course will be delivered at its high-tech sports science facilities.

Structure and Content

The course will be delivered on a 1-day per week basis from September to September. The delivery will be supported by Solent’s strong academic team as well as industry leaders who will provide opportnities for ‘real-world’ learning throughout. The learning programme will have a good balance between theoritcal understanding and practical application.

Who’s it for

This MSc for anyone looking to progress their career in coaching, performance analysis, strength and conditioning, education, health and exercise testing or sport science support. If you want to strengthen your CV, develop a deeper understanding and expertise around coaching and performance development or want to write and/or contribute to the subject through published articles, then this is the degree programme for you.

Want to find out more

There’s still time to sign-up for entry to the 2014 intake. To be elibile you will need a 2:1 or above in a related degree and must successfully complete the entrance interview.


• UK and EU full-time fees: £5,500*

• International full-time fees: £11,670

If you want to find out more information or to have an informal discussion, please contact Matt Johnson or Dr Stewart Bruce-Low for more information (both available on 02380 319272).

South East Coaching Bursary Extended

We’ve just recieved news that the South East Coaching Bursary has been extended to March 2011. This is great news for national governing bodies and coaching involved in courses starting between now and December 2010.

For more information contact your Emma Forward at Skills Active or CJ Lee at Sport Hampshire & IOW.

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