Coaching Matters Volume 3 Issue 6 | Page 8

8 COACHING MATTERS t a H W u o y arEkiNG? tHiN ped s develo a h d u g lo king a pioneerin a in s s How thin e aren me ’ self-aw program t n e m coaches p ch develo t Helens. new coa tS trialled a A s Rugby League players get faster, stronger and smarter, coaches must stay ahead of the rate of progress by constantly developing themselves; becoming more educated and informed in tactics, training methods, science and technology. One way to facilitate this development is through reflective practice. By reflecting on, making sense of and learning from their own experiences, coaches can use this self-awareness to improve. Deliberate reflective practice hasn’t always been possible for coaches, perhaps due to time constraints, lack of educational support or simply having no-one with whom to share their reflections. Research has highlighted that reflective practice should be embedded as a part of formal coaching practice, but that not enough coaches are ‘buying in’ to the process and there are a lack of opportunities for them to do so. In light of the support for reflective practice as a way of enhancing coaching, researchers from Liverpool John Moores University (Dr Amy Whitehead, Dr Zoe Knowles and Tabo