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Technology in Exercise and Coaching

Understanding the use of technology by participants is crucial to help our coaches deliver interesting and engaging sessions.

The world is getting more technological every day and exercise participants are getting more tech savvy by the hour. We want to explore the use of technology within sport and physical activity to develop guidance and support materials to help our coaches deliver more engaging sessions for exercise participants in Leicestershire.

Why are we undertaking this piece of research?

Over recent years the sport and fitness tech sector has boomed. From wearables and smartphone applications to heat map analysis and goal line technology, almost anything and everything can be tracked, measured and analysed to help us keep on track with our goals and improve performance.
In addition, other technology such as social media applications have become ingrained into the lifestyle of the vast majority of the population.

We want to explore the use of technology by both participants of sport and physical activity as well as the technology that coaches/instructors use to manage and deliver their sessions within Leicestershire to see where we can help our coaches to improve their own sessions and keep their participants interested.

Similar research has previously been conducted by Liverpool John Moores University looking at technology use on a national level, this study categorised technology into 8 generic groups, but with so many different products and brands on the market we want to help narrow down the specific technology that people use in our area.

How are we going to use the results?

We want to use the information learnt from the survey to shape the planning of training, workshops and resources for our coaches and discover new innovative methods to make sessions and classes more engaging. We want to combine results from participants with the needs of our coaches to inform our decisions and provide the most appropriate support. As a result of helping our coaches and instructors to incorporate technology into their sessions we hope to provide more enjoyable sessions for participants.

What's in it for you?

To thank respondents for their time they will be entered into a prize draw to win one of 3 prizes. A Xiaomi Mi Band 2 is up for grabs for respondents of the technology in exercise survey. This is a great all-round tracker to see how active you are. It tracks heart rate, steps and sleep, and is also water resistant, includes smart alarms and incoming call alerts.

For those who complete our technology in coaching survey there is a chance to win either a FREE place onto one of our coaching courses (up to the value of £35) or a FREE place onto our behaviour change workshop.

In this workshop you will start your journey to understanding human behaviour…learn techniques on how to attract and retain participants to your sessions as well as looking at how to adapt your session to make them attractive to hard to reach groups.

How can you take part?
To be a part of our research and be in with a chance of winning visit one of the links below before the closing date: Sunday 30th April.

We have a designated Coaching Development Manager, Natalia, who is here to help you with your coaching needs. Examples of the support services available:

  • Bursary and funding for qualification
  • Coaching opportunities (paid & voluntary)
  • Personalised individuals or club and coach development plans
  • Opportunities to access mentoring support
  • CPD, coach education and sport specific courses
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For more information please contact:

Natalia Marshall

Natalia Marshall

Coaching Development Manager

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport

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