#BCCoachConf 2016 #coachlearninginsport

I am grateful to Darrell Cobner for sharing news of a British Canoe Union Conference held last weekend.

The program is here.

I missed this tweet

The theme of the conference was Coaching Chaos – Making Sense of the Coach’s Learning Journey.

From the program flyer:

At a time when coaches from the field suggest they gain little from the coach education process … this year’s event will focus on exploring the learning journey of coaches, scaffolding learning and developing coaching practice to improve participant experiences.
During the weekend of the conference, there were a number of theory sessions to provide a context for practical sessions. Speakers and facilitators included:
  • John Lyle (Crafting Knowledge, Developing Expertise)
  • Martin Chester (The Coach’s Learning Journey)
  • Bill Taylor and Ryan Groom (The Coach as Educator)
  • Lara Cooper (Reflective Practice)

syI was fortunate to have spent many years in canoe slalom and am delighted to see such a great mix of theory and practice. I imagine that as the conference was open to all levels of coaching there would have been some fascinating conversations about journeys and the scenery on the way.

The title of the conference and the themes discussed prompted me to think about praxis … the mix each of us has of theory and practice on our personal #coachlearninginsport journeys.

My praxis started at Symonds Yat and is still going thanks to conferences like this.

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