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Dissertation Survey (6 minutes approximately)
at 09:10 30 Mar 2021

Yeah, its a fascinating subject. I come at this from the point of being on the exec committee of previous mentioned club. We had to instill a new head pro for the squash section, a few years ago, and chose an ex-professional, who turned out to be a very strong elite coach, but a very poor club pro. His interest was only really in taking excellent players, and making them better. The club though needed the school outreach programs, and the saturday morning kids clubs, and the junior pathway work. All the things that take young kids, and bring them up. One of the most exciting things for me, was seeing a 13/14 year old kid, start to join the mens teams, and grow up, before your eyes, as they suddenly started being treated like adults. Also interesting watching someone who has played with coached kids all their life, suddenly come across an idiosyncratic 65 year old who has an unorthodox but beautifully honed game.

The value also of a coach being an evangelist for the game, and/or club that they represent is really hard to quantify. Our latest pro was a decent county player, but never played professionally. What she could do though was organise a team of coaches to provide a full range of services across the club, and drive participation and enjoyment within it. To me, that adds so much more value, than seeing a few elite players get a little bit better.

However, the elite coach probably earns more.
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Dissertation Survey (6 minutes approximately)
at 08:33 30 Mar 2021

The problem with the final question, is that it is a thesis subject in its own right.

Having said that, interesting questionnaire. My only feeling about it is that it doesn't really address the full breadth of sports coaching.

As an example, at the racquets club where I play squash and tennis, we have elite level coaches working with performance pathway atheletes, and we have coaches teaching youngsters how to hit a ball, and learn the rules of a new game. How do you compare the value of taking someone from number 2 to number 1 in their age group, to instilling a love of a new sport to a group of kids.
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This is worth reading - on the failures over covid in the North
at 15:38 23 Mar 2021

But a lot of these "poorer communities" can only be targetted by improving the services like health and education, and providing incentives for businesses to locate there, such that there is opportunity for people there to improve those communities. These can't be done on a micro community level. They need to be county/regional level.

There may be poor communities all over the country, but there are just more of them squashed together in the post-industrial cities, which mainly happen to be in the north. ( and for the sake of this discussion, and because it generally is where government blindness starts, I do count the midlands & upwards as North.
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This is worth reading - on the failures over covid in the North
at 10:30 23 Mar 2021

Yeah, I agree with you that it needs sorting, my point is that the government pretty much know the issues already, more inquiries aren't going to throw up anything particularly new. The will to change it is the problem. And lack of money post covid is going to be the excuse, IMO.
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This is worth reading - on the failures over covid in the North
at 09:52 23 Mar 2021

The point about this, is that they aren't really Covid lessons. Covid has just highlighted inequalities and issue that were already endemic. AS that article mentions, a lot of these issues were already predicted by the health enquiry before Covid kicked off.

The problem is that these issues exist due to decades of neglect of the north from Westminster, and a distinct lack of understanding of what those issues are. Fixing them will take not just a lot of money, but also a change of mindset from central government, and if covid has highlighted anything, its that that mindset hasn't changed.
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RIP Sabine Schmitz
at 09:06 17 Mar 2021

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Good start for England in the T20
at 14:02 16 Mar 2021

Bowling fast and taken 3 wickets in the power play.

Pant and Kohli the key for India here.
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Guthrum's Estimated Final Table
at 09:58 3 Mar 2021

Ignoring the placings - but if we get 75 points, that would have put us in the playoffs every year for the past 10 years....
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Cricket: India 115/5
at 11:04 25 Feb 2021

can we be all out for 0?
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Cricket: India 115/5
at 10:06 25 Feb 2021

he did knock us over in the last test as well...
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Cricket: India 115/5
at 10:06 25 Feb 2021

4/87
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Cricket: India 115/5
at 10:02 25 Feb 2021

to be fair - it is virtually impossible to bat on...

its completely random if it turns big or runs on... you can't protect both edges...

the commentators were saying how the right thing to do was play for the straight one... then Sundar gets done by one that pitches middle and hits off, from Joe Root.
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Cricket: India 115/5
at 10:00 25 Feb 2021

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Trainspotting came out 25 years ago today
at 11:43 23 Feb 2021

Nah, that scene is sh** ;-)
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Yeah, everyone, stop moaning about the Pandemic
at 09:45 12 Feb 2021

interesting how that article misses out the bit about how he also claimed that unconscious bias is "b****it"...

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/feb/11/unconscious-bias-is-utter-crap-
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What scenes in films do you really like or look forward to?
at 13:48 8 Feb 2021

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Gritter spotting...
at 15:00 4 Feb 2021

Up here in Manchester we have a few good names:

Basil Salty, Grit Astley, Gritter Thunberg, Slushay Away, Snowbi-Gone Kenobi, Snowel Gallagher, Spreaddie Flintoff and Nicole Saltslinger
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Cricket back on Channel 4
at 15:43 3 Feb 2021

First test series yes - and actually the first time ever that away tests have been shown on terrestrial tv. What a series to end on, that 2005 ashes was though.
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Brewdog 'scam'
at 09:31 26 Jan 2021

Me too - looking forward to this little lot arriving

( also have a non-alcoholic Brewdog delivery coming - for weeknights )
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To those north of the border
at 08:11 26 Jan 2021

Hurt my arm this morning and was in hospital for an x-ray.
As I was sitting waiting to be seen, the lad next to me said
"Fair fa'yer honest sonsie face!
Great Chieftain o' the pudding race!"

I turned my head round to the lady sat on my other side and she said
"Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie, O, what a panic's in thy breastie"

Suprised I said to the next doctor walking past
"Here mate, is this the psychiatric ward?"
"no, sorry, this is the Burns unit"
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