Coach education … learning … development?

UK Sport have a great opportunity for a learning experience designer … the official title is Head of Coach Development.

The closing date for applications is 4 January 2017.

I used Wordle to extract some keywords from the job description.

A wordle picture derived from the job description of UK Sport head of Coach Development

Learning appears four times in the job description and makes it onto the bottom left corner of the Wordle.

One of the key responsibilities for the successful candidate will be to:

Support the Head of Performance People Development on visionary activities, working closely with the Head of Performance Leadership Development and Director of Science and Technical Development (EIS) to provide an aligned culture and pathway of learning centred on WITTW.

Another key responsibility is to:

Ensure Coach Development Programmes and initiatives deliver effective, innovative and target specific learning.

The successful candidate will have “extensive experience in the design, development, delivery and evaluation of learning and development programmes in a high performance environment” and “personal experience of professional coaching and the application of psychology, adult learning and development methodologies”.

My text search did not pick up any reference to ‘education’ or ‘personal learning environments’ in the job description.

I wondered how an applicant for the post might persuade the interview panel that the next iteration of coach development might be to focus on personal learning.  The leadership expectation of the post holder might also generate conversations about how we could use a ‘thinking machine‘ approach to support a radical, differentiated learning-as-a-coach experience.

We are on the cusp of remarkable opportunities to design learning experiences. It is a world we are going to and so framing a position description for this new age takes a substantial paradigm shift.

Some time ago, I was interested of the appearance in Denmark of knowledge pilot opportunities in learning organisations.

I think my paradigm shift now includes the coach learning experience designer being a co-pilot with coaches as we enter an entangled learning world of leading and following.

Whatever the dynamics and technologies involved, I believe learning is at the core of what we do in the enterprise described as coach development.

The Australian Government's Response to the Crawford Report: Some Additional Information

I posted news on 12 May of the Australian Government’s response to the Crawford Report. This post adds to that post.

This is a Wordle visualisation of Australian Sport: The pathway to success:

Wordle generates word clouds. These clouds “give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text”. Here are some clouds formed by the separate chapters of the response.

Chapter 1: Sport in Australia

Chapter 2: Increasing Participation

Chapter 3: Strengthening Pathways

Chapter 4: Striving for Success

Responses to Recommendations

The Pathway to Success has three strands:

1. Increasing participation

  • Boosting child participation: delivery of a national sport and education strategy that embeds quality sport and physical education in schools.
  • Supporting NSO actions: funding to support NSOs to expand participation at a community level and requirement to deliver improved participation outcomes as part of their funding agreements with the Commission. Funding will also be provided to selected NSOs to deliver direct financial assistance to support their community clubs to implement participation programs.
  • Supporting people and athletes with a disability.
  • Breaking down barriers to women and girls participation.
  • Building places to play.

2. Strengthening Pathways

  • Building a bigger and better pool of volunteers, coaches and officials for sport to assist NSOs to build capacity to deliver.
  • Talent Identification and Development: support for aspiring Australian athletes.
  • Boosting Development
  • Athlete Contribution: volunteer at local community sporting clubs or junior sport programs.

3. Striving for Success

  • Boosting international competition.
  • Supporting and retaining high performance coaches and officials.
  • Supporting high performance athletes.
  • Reforming Australia’s high performance delivery system.
  • Boost research and innovation.


Alexis Lebedew revisited the Striving for Success section of the Pathway Response and came up with this visualisation without the words ‘Australia’, ‘Australia’s’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Sporting’: