Sport Coaching and Physical Literacy Webinar

Published: June 28, 2020


The IPLA and PLnet Denmark hosted a sport coaching and physical literacy webinar as part of a wider a series of webinars to discuss the concept of physical literacy. This webinar took place on Tuesday 23rd June at 12 midday (BST)/1pm (CET). The focus of the webinar was ‘How physical literacy is or could be influencing practices in the sport coaching world’. There was an initial presentation (10 minutes) from Simon Padley (Cheltenham Ladies College) and then a panel discussion with Stephen Behan (Dublin City University) and Paul Appleton (University of Birmingham). A discussion was then facilitated by hosts Nigel Green (IPLA) and Peter Elsborg (DGI) for the remainder of the webinar.


Simon Padley is currently the Head of Hockey at Cheltenham Ladies College having spent the last 15 years as a Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching and Education. Simon has recently been accepted onto the Great Britain Hockey Advanced Coaches Programme and has coached high performance hockey as a Director of Coaching at Cheltenham Hockey Club and Head of Hockey at the University of Gloucestershire. Simon has written, researched, and delivered training for undergraduate and postgraduate students, level 3/4 coaches, primary and secondary teachers and been involved in National Governing Body Coach Education programmes for a variety of NGB’s.

Dr Stephen Behan of Dublin City University’s School of Health and Human Performance and the Insight SFI Centre for Data Analytics. Stephen’s background is predominantly in coaching, and he worked for the Gaelic Athletic Association for nearly 10 years as a games promotion officer. This role would have entailed a lot of primary school coaching and delivering coach education courses. Stephen completed his PhD last year in the area of physical literacy and fundamental movement skills. His project, the Moving Well-Being Well project, involved over 2,000 primary school children and sought to measure all components of physical literacy, as well as piloting an intervention which successfully increased components of physical literacy.

Dr Paul Appleton is currently a teaching fellow in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham in the UK. His research centres on testing the Empowering CoachingTM family of training programmes and associated conceptual models in sport, Physical Education, and related contexts.



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One Comment on “Sport Coaching and Physical Literacy Webinar”

  1. Great webinar that was well received by many people. This webinar drew in people from across the world and has seen UK Hockey and British Cycling contact us following the webinar. Thanks to Simon, Paul and Stephen, as well as Peter and Paulina for the organisation.

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