He has worked for UK Athletics in coach education since 2010 and has delivered work at the national high performance centre at Loughborough University. In 2011 he was shortlisted by the Brtish Milers Club for the prestigious Frank Horwill Scholarship as part of his ongoing research into multi-tier training.
He has written for three national magazines and a coaching website and is a regular coaching contributor to Athletics Weekly magazine. With Dr.Ross Lorimer of the Universitry of Abertay, he has produced groundbreaking research into the impact of cyberspace and mediated technologies on coaching.
With David Lowes (Coaching Editor ‘Athletics Weekly’ magazine), he has just completed research into mental states and sporting performance with the co-operation of former Olympic champion and vice chair of the British Olympic Association, David Hemery.
At the SMART Way Forward CPD Business and Coaching Conference 2013, Dr Matt Long will be delivering the following workshops:
11.30am – 12.30pm (Coaching Workshop)
Coaching Skills – recognising potential and nurturing talent effectively
We all want our athletes and players to be as successful as possible within the sporting disciplines. No sports person is ever born as the complete package – although some parents may tell us different! Every athlete and player has to train consistently, learn the skills of their sporting discipline and develop according to their chronological and biological nature. However, how does a coach, teacher or tutor identify this potential at an early age? Is it nature or nurture? The key is to spot the signs early on so you can nurture that talent from grassroots development right through to elite / championship performance. It is not easy, we all hear stories of how so many young athletes and players showed so much potential at an early age but never followed through when they became teenagers or youths.
This workshop will share genuine examples of how some of the most experienced sports coaches have recognised potential at an early age and how they have nurtured this to international championship success.