Some people do not reap the positive consequences that doing their activity can bring. For example, in sport, many participants find competing to be more stressful than fun, they fear making a mistake and dread losing. Some of these participants believe that winning is all that matters. Rather than helping them feel better about themselves, playing sport can damage some people’s sense of self worth. As a result, many people drop out of sport.
Many factors impact upon whether an activity is experienced as positive or negative. One important factor is the ‘motivational climate’ that is created on the team, in the classroom or at home. We feel this is exciting as well as promising news! The majority of coaches, teachers and leaders took on their role because they want to make a difference in the lives of other people. The great news is, you do make a difference!
The Empowering Coaching™ team is based at the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham.
The team works to understand the role of coaches, teachers and other leaders in promoting people’s intrinsic motivation, well-being, quality of engagement and physical activity levels. The Empowering Coaching™ team are committed to enhancing the experience of people in their activities via the promotion of empowering environments.
Our expert workshop tutors have a detailed understanding of the processes by which your behaviour and communication strategies impact on your participants’ motivation and well-being. The Empowering Coaching™ workshops will also help you to develop an understanding of these principles so you can make your activity more enjoyable, engaging and empowering!
The Empowering Coaching™ workshops are based on theories of motivation and leader influence as well as research evidence in physical activity settings and other domains (e.g. the classroom). Equipped with a knowledge of the empowering principles, you will be challenged during the workshop to re-evaluate your coaching or leadership strategies. You will also work together with others in the workshop to enhance your existing motivational climate and to develop new strategies to help you create a more empowering environment.
Professor Joan Duda is recognised worldwide for her expertise on motivation psychology and coaching. Based on her 25 years research and applied work in sport and other physical activity settings, Joan created the Empowering Coaching™ family of workshops for coaches & teachers.
Jullette specialises in Sports Psychology and Coach Education. With an avid interest for Community Sport for Development & Sport in the Secure Estate. Jullette is a key member of the Empowering Coaching team concerning sport, exercise & rehabilitation Sciences.
Paul current work concerns testing and validating the Empowering Coaching and associated family of education programmes in different physical activity settings (e.g., PE, sport, education, dance). The programme is theoretically grounded as well as evidence-based.