Generali Coach Development Week 2017

3rd July 2017

Coach Development Week

Monday – Mark Sheasby, The Power of Language to Influence

We are were joined by former Police Firearms and Siege Commander Mark Sheasby who now works as Mind Coach in the UK working with high performing clients across business and sport.  Mark provided a number of sessions that took coaches through the impact that language can have on the sub-conscious mind to influence people’s behaviour, particularly in high pressure environments.

One of the major focuses of coaching is changing and modifying behaviour to bring about better results for individuals or teams. Those results might be in relation to a score, a personal best or just being happier and feeling a greater sense of fulfilment. Coaching plays a fundamental role in that process of improvement and language is a key tool for coaches to have in their kit bag.

Slides from the Guernsey Handout.

Tuesday – Guernsey Mind, Team Talk and Mental Health Awareness

Emily Litten and Laurel Garfield from Guernsey Mind led two workshops for coaches to raise awareness of mental health issues around sport and how as team mates we can help people around us in managing mental health challenges. Coaches were provided with an opportunity to understand what to look for in others that might be suffering with a mental health condition and importantly what they can do to help.

These two workshops were followed by the official launch of the Team Talk campaign on Wednesday night where Laura Fry shared her personal experiences in a candid interview with BBC Radio Guernsey’s Andrew Hislop.

Sports have been invited to sign up to Guernsey Mind’s Mental Health Charter, display the team talk logos around their sport and to get further training for their club members.

Slides from the Mind Team Talk Presentation Final

Wednesday – Sara Mallett (Safeguarding Online and Social Media) and David Harry (Anti-Doping)

Advocate Sara Mallett took coaches and welfare officers through the FA’s safeguarding policies surrounding social media, messaging devices, websites and online content. In an informative session delegates were given the opportunity to understand the do’s and don’ts and how they can best protect themselves, their clubs and vitally the young people they work with.

The Guernsey Sports Commission’s Chief Executive David Harry explained where sport in Guernsey is with regard to the UNESCO protocol to ensure clean sport around the world. The Guernsey Sports Commission is now the UK Anti-Doping agency for Guernsey and testing will be coming to Guernsey. Coaches and welfare officers were made aware of the protocols surrounding anti-doping, where they could get advice and on the number source of positive tests, contaminated nutritional supplements.

Anyone wanting more information on these subjects can arrange a time to meet with the Sports Commission.

The FA’s policies to added.

Thursday – Richard Cheetham Developing Fundamental Movement Skills through Children’s Stories. John Scriven, Strength and Conditioning Forum

Linking with the Be Active the Forum we were delighted to host Richard Cheetham MBE, a Senior Fellow in Sports Coaching from University of Winchester. Richard shared with coaches and teachers his innovative concept of developing the fundamentals of movement for sports through using children’s stories. Particularly he focussed on helping the adults see movement through the eyes of the children.

After the theory there was a fascinating practical session where coaches and teachers were given the opportunity to apply their learning by teaching some reception children from Amherst. The session went down a storm with children and adults alike fully engaged and not wanting to stop.

In the afternoon we were joined by John Scriven from the Jersey Sport Foundation. John is a highly experienced strength and conditioning coach and with his colleague Sam Morris they discussed a wide ranging set of topics with our personal trainers and strength and conditioning coaches including the opportunity to collaborate on future projects.

In summary it was a positive week  with lots of good connections made, new ideas generated and old messages consolidated. The staff at the Guernsey Sports Commission are committed to supporting our local supporting community to achieve their goals, whatever they may be, and coaching and continual learning are fundamental to that.

Should anyone have any queries or want workshops provided within their sport then they should contact

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