It’s easy to complain about the state of sport, coaching, and physical education, but what are you doing about it? Kelvin Giles has dedicated his life to it after a career working at the upper echelons of professional sport. On this episode of the GAINcast, Giles joins us to share his experiences with structural problems in coaching and coaches education. More importantly, he discusses how we can address these issues both as individuals and s both individuals, and as a community.
Notes and quotes
Giles has had a long career across multiple sports that included stops as a national track and field coach in the UK, head track coach at the Australian Institute of Sport, Head of the Athletic Development department at the Queensland Academy of Sport, Director of Performance for the Brisbane Broncos, and many more coaching and consulting roles. Over the last decade he has focussed primarily on working with federations to improve performance structures, coaches education, and physical literacy. All of those topics came within the scope of our conversation.
Diagnosing the problems
- 4:00 – General thoughts on the issues facing sport: “Why are we still facing the same issues – lack of physical education, participation decline, coaches education – two decades later? Bureaucracy doesn’t solve these problems. “
- 9:00 – Educating vs. developing coaches. “Common sense gets swamped by common practice. ” “Federations compliment themselves on their coaching education system, but they don’t have coaching development systems. They have become too focused on certification; coaching development starts after you get your certificate. “
- 10:45 – Supporting volunteer coaches. “The foundation of sport is laid by volunteer mom and pops who are ignored by their federation; then we wonder why medal counts go down. “
- 12:15 – A look at USATF coaches education.
- 14:45 – Teaching better, and teach how to teach. “Pedagogy – how to teach – is nothing new but it doesn’t appear in coaches education. “
- 20:45 – New research on physical and emotional wellbeing of children. “If that is what your community health and wellbeing levels are, no wonder you aren’t winning any medals. And just imagine what it’ll be like in 2028. You can’t do high performance without community wellbeing or good parenting. “
- 22:45 – A history of physical education and learning from past lessons. “You wonder why someone goes out and pulls a hamstring on Sunday; they no longer learn how to run when they’re 8 years old.” “We come from a world where we teach them how far to run, how fast to run, but not how to run. “
- 27:45 – Case studies of turning things around and doing things better. “As soon as we start sharing, it makes a difference. “
- 33:15 – Developing a network, humility, and bullshit monitors.
- 35:45 – Examples of strong cases of building physical competence and culture. “Ultimately everything comes back to relationships and communication. “
- 41:15 – Examples of pedagogy from great coaches. “At the end of the course, you should learn more than is in the course notes so they can understand it and embrace it.”
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The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
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- Giles is active on Twitter at @kbgiles. You can also find his blog and additional resources on his website movementdynamics.com
- Giles joined the HMMR Podcast on Episode 87 to discuss foundational movements, pillars of performance, coaches eduaction, and more.
- One book referenced by Vern this episode: The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle.