Coaching, Learning and the Brain – Richard Bailey Research Survey


Footblogball is delighted to be able to present and invite coaches to take part in a new exclusive research survey by Richard Bailey (International Council of Sports Science and Physical Education)

This survey is aimed at practicing coaches in the UK and Ireland only.

This survey is concerned with coaches’ knowledge and experience of learning theories, especially those linked in the brain. It asks about experiences of coach education and professional development, and how they presented ideas about how players and athletes learn. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first survey of its kind, so your answers will provide extremely important and useful information. The survey gathers information on a number of topics that are necessary for us to develop a complete picture of coaches’ knowledge and understanding of learning and the brain.

  1. Background information about you and your sports coaching background
  2. About coaching and the brain – about your views and experience of brain – based learning ideas
  3. Ideas about the Brain and Coaching/learning – about your personal understanding of the brain and learning

The survey should take about 30 minutes to complete, and is entirely voluntary. All answer will remain anonymous and confidential. If you have any questions about this survey feel free to contact: Richard Bailey at

Thank you in advance for your participation in the survey

Survey Link

About Richard Bailey

Richard Bailey is a former teacher in Primary and Secondary Schools, teacher trainer, coach and coach educator. He has been a full Professor at Canterbury, Roehampton, Birmingham and Liverpool in the UK and has directed studies that have influenced policy and practice both nationally and internationally. In addition to his position as Writer in Residence at the ICSSPE Executive Office he is an author and blogger.

Richard has undertaken funded research in every continent of the world. He has worked with UNESCO as Expert Adviser for Physical Education, the World Health Organization, the European Union, and many similar agencies. He has carried out research on behalf of the English and Scottish governments, numerous educational and sports agencies. He was a contributing consultant for both Nike-led Designed to Move and Active Kids Do Better initiatives, and has directed numerous scientific reviews, including the most comprehensive review ever published on the benefits of physical education and sport (BERA, 2007‐2008), the UK’s independent review of player development in sport (sportscoach, 2008‐2009), and the IOC-funded study of the contribution made by Sport in Education (IOC, 2004).


One thought on “Coaching, Learning and the Brain – Richard Bailey Research Survey

  1. Based on evidence-based feedback, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) – as both a construct and term – is a source of confusion if not derision on the basis that it is more often than not seen as some form of imposition. It is also highly anachronistic in a grassroots coaching context where effectiveness is grounded in the generation of social capital and the transmission of fundamental values.
    Against this backdrop, it is somewhat ironic that CPD – Cognition, Proficiency & Disposition – is a core element of Lifelong Learning and a key contributor to Wellbeing from a Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual perspective. In the absence of conceptual clarity, confusion will inevitably abound and nothing will contribute more to this than the academic construct: knowledge, skill and competencies. It’s long past the time for a new learning paradigm based on Cognition, Proficiency & Disposition (CPD). Growth mind-set is at the heart of this from both a process and learning outcome perspective.

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