England Netball launch new Coaching Philosophy Framework

This week, England Netball launched its new Coaching Philosophy as part of the Roses Development Framework. 

The Roses Development Framework is a guide for everyone who has a part to play in developing the next generation of talented netballers for the Roses and our elite domestic clubs. 

The new Coaching Philosophy element of the framework was developed by Head of Coaching, Prof. Chris Cushion, who joined EN in November 2021, and aims to provide coaches with practical principles of effective coaching, enabling athletes to Learn the Game, Love the Journey and Win Deep (values EN holds close to its 10-year Adventure Strategy). 

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When speaking to Chris about the Coaching Philosophy, he said:   

“I’m delighted to share the RDF Coaching Philosophy after several months of work and consultation with stakeholders.  

“It provides a clear indication of our thinking about coaching and how it can be delivered to support coaches working with our talented young athletes.” 

The Coaching Philosophy was created with evidence and insight at its centre.  

“We considered the evidence about how athletes learn and develop, what makes an effective talent development environment, and from research and insight from coaches and coach developers about what constitutes ‘effective coaching’”, he said. 

Chris believes the Coaching Philosophy framework is important because it provides a meaningful guide to what ‘good practice’ should look like, ensuring there is a consistent experience for all athletes. 

He said: “It also gives important signposting about how we want coaching to evolve, to ensure we create exceptional developmental environments and provide exceptional experiences for our athletes to help them fulfil their potential in netball.” 

Chris also notes that the Coaching Philosophy was developed to support both coaches and athletes. 

“It will help coaches reflect on their practice and the type of coaching they provide, as well as the environment that they create for athletes.  

“For athletes, it will help create positive athlete-centred coaching environments and experiences that help them fulfil their potential in the sport”, he said. 

You can view the new Coaching Philosophy page here. 

You can also view the Roses Development Framework here. 

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