We start the conference by providing an overview of a range of topics that address WHO the coach is. The coach is a leader that delivers holistic outcomes – 4Cs of Character, Connection, Competence and Confidence. #CoachAsLeader
Coaching Coaches Differently
(This session is catered for Coach Developers)
Mr Glenn Cundari
The objective of the session is to offer a disruptive and innovative perspective and approach to the work coach developers do. At the end of this session participants will identify current behaviours they may reconsider in their approach to coach development.
In this session, we will address unique, creative and evidence-informed strategies and tactics coach developers can use to support coaches and their growth. We will examine how a context-first approach combined with relationship building and bespoke plans can maximize the coach’s enjoyment and development.
Founder & Lead Coach Developer
Glenn is the founder and lead coach developer at COACH+. He is well known for driving change, enhancing capacity and fostering excellence with local, provincial, national and international organisations. Fully committed to the idea that context matters, working in nearly 20 countries he has learned that listening, asking questions, and making context the leading consideration is his most effective approach. The owner of an incredibly robust Rolodex, Glenn believes those connections are opportunities for meaningful, long-lasting mutually beneficial relationships. He is an advanced programme graduate of the only Coach Developer Academy in the world (Tokyo, Japan). One of Glenn's personal and professional highlights was attending the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer in Dubai, UAE as a head coach in the Team Canada delegation.
Training For It: Not Just Looking For It: Talent – Mental Toughness – Strength of Character
Mr Mark Hull
"We don't rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training." Archilochus
Do you look for talent or develop it?
Do you look for mental strength or do you train for it?
Do you look for goodness of character or do you have a plan to form it?
In our time together we will utilise insights from Mindset research and apply it to developing talent, training the mind and building not just greatness of character but also goodness. We will process real-life situations and share strategies to develop talent, toughness and character, not just identify it. We may even talk about what you are doing to train your own mind and strength of character because in these areas what you model speaks much more loudly than what you say.
Director of International Development
Mark serves as the Director of International Development for the 3D Institute. Working with Universities, Olympic and other national governing bodies, along with key sport leaders, Mark has done 3D Coaching Workshops on six continents with coaches and Athletic Administrators from more than 70 countries. He is also overseeing the multiple translations of 3D's Course for Certification and Credit.
The Personal Assets Framework: A Dissemination and Implementation Model for Coaching Research and Practice
Dr. Jean Côté
This session will present a model that incorporates the process and output necessary to develop quality sport programs. The process factor describes three interacting elements: 1) activities (what) 2) social dynamics (who) and 3) settings (where; Côté, et al., 2020). The output factor describes the intended effects of the sport program in terms of immediate, short-term, and long-term outcomes. More specifically, the dynamic elements have multiple layers that positively interact internally, and with each other, to create engaging immediate sport experiences that, when occurring regularly (e.g., over a season), lead to changes in the personal assets of the athletes involved (Competence, Confidence, Connection, Character; 4Cs). Over multiple seasons, changes in individuals’ personal assets lead to long-term outcomes, in terms of Personal development, Participation, and Performance (3Ps). Research that links the three interacting elements of youth sport to positive changes in personal assets (4Cs), and long-term outcomes (3Ps) will be discussed.
Queen's University (Kingston, Canada)
Professor, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
Dr. Jean Côté is professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston (Canada) where he served as the Director of the School from 2006-2019. His research interests are in the areas of children in sport, coaching, positive youth development, and sport expertise. Dr. Côté is a Fellow of the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP) and the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS). Dr. Côté is regularly invited to present his work to both sport governing organisations and academic conferences throughout the world. He has delivered 60 keynote addresses at major national and international conferences. Dr. Côté has also assisted different international organisations as a research advisor or through the completion of position papers
The Holistic Development of Athletes: The Coach - Athlete Relationship
Mr Jonty Skinner
This session aims to provide coaches with an in-depth understanding of how best to communicate with their athletes. They will be given management strategies on how to structure their training environments to accommodate these new communication concepts. If used correctly, these strategies will cultivate their coach/athletes’ relationships and increase their ability to create a partnership that will improve the athletes’ performance both on and off the field of play.
Brain Training for Sport
Jonty Skinner has been involved in the sport of swimming for over forty-five years, is a former world record holder, is a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, and a member of the American Swimming Coaches Hall of Fame. His swimmers have won 23 medals at the Olympic Games, with 17 of those being Gold Medals. He is considered one of the leading experts on athlete development and adaptation and has written articles illustrating how Brain Training is the next paradigm in human performance.
Understanding Elite Athlete Wellbeing as a Performance Enabler: Taking an Ecological Systems & Holistic Development Perspective
Mr Aaron Alsop
Athlete wellbeing is a contemporary issue in elite sport globally today. This unique perspective of understanding elite athlete wellbeing and considering it as a performance enabler, although relatively an emerging theme, is worthwhile and will add great value to the way investment is made along with providing knowledge and understanding that can guide coaches, administrators and practitioners in the elite sport systems.
There is a need to provide a more holistic perspective to the way athlete wellbeing is defined, captured in a contextual framework and implemented in a systematic yet individual way across each level of the sport ecosystem. Performance is not only achieved but sustained by adopting a holistic development approach to Wellbeing, where athletes will thrive and succeed in sport and life.
The presentation will propose that both Wellbeing and Performance can be achieved and attained in elite sport programs through the following:
- Better understand and define Athlete Wellbeing and the domains of wellbeing
- Relationship of Wellbeing to performance environments
- How Wellbeing can be integrated in high-performance sport system
- Where to learn more about Athlete Wellbeing for staff professional development
- Engender discussions with all stakeholders on a relevant Athlete wellbeing framework and program aligned to strategies for athletes to thrive, flourish and perform
- Strategically and operationally review athlete services and investment to consider provision of Wellbeing programmes relevant to your context
- Integration of Athlete Wellbeing into Individual Athlete Performance Plans and Lifestyle Roadmaps
- Coaches having meaningful conversations with Athlete Wellbeing staff to align Wellbeing and Performance outcomes
- Coaches and athlete support staff have a more holistic approach in their program management and planning process
Solomon Islands National Institute of Sport
Co-Chair of ICCE – Coach Development systems in Emerging Nations project committee
Aaron has been involved in elite sport for more than two decades as an athlete, coach, practitioner and administrator working across 36 different National Federations. Aaron is a recognised High- Performance & Sport system consultant, specialising in creating National Coach & Athlete Development systems & establishing National High-Performance Training Centres in the Asia Pacific & Africa regions. Currently, Aaron is inaugurating the Solomon Islands National Institute of Sport and is the Co-Chair of ICCE – Coach Development systems in Emerging Nations project committee.
A. Tackling Amotivation: A Practical Coaching Approach
Mr Adrian Low
B. Excellence through ABCs
Ms Tan Li Si & Mr Wong Zi Heng
Session Synopsis A
Coaching is a complex practice where success of coaching is judged by the performance of the Athlete, not the Coach. This presentation provides in-depth information necessary to understand athletes' motivation and enhance their athletes' performance. The applications for enhancing athletes’ motivation from a coaching perspective would also be covered and discussed.
The presentation will:
- Introduce the motivation framework
- Share practical applications to improve athletes' motivation
At the end of the session, participants will:
- Understanding the elements of motivation framework
- Able to apply the motivation framework and improve athletes' motivation
College Central, Institute of Technical Education
Head, Sport Studies Group
Adrian Low is the Head for the Sport Studies group in College Central, Institute of Technical Education, with a Master in Sport Coaching from University of Queensland. Alongside his academic career, he has spent the past decade involved in performance management at Club, Varsity and National level.
He has a passion in sport coaching, and is interested in topics on strength and conditioning, learning motivation, curriculum design, and performance analytics. His current work includes curriculum design, and performance modelling
Session Synopsis B
"3 teachers, 1 coach, 60 students, 4 badminton courts, 6 hours of training per week. Covid somemore."
Every CCA faces challenges. Constraints in budget, space and manpower are at the front of every teacher/coach when developing students for sporting excellence.
Bedok South Secondary School Badminton CCA teachers will be sharing with the participants its solutions on how a team of teachers and coach work within the constraints to build a culture that focuses on student motivation and engagement. Positive culture and routines within the team to develop Excellence is achieved through A-team Built on Cognition, Character & Community. Members become self-motivated, self-organised and purpose drive.
Bedok South Secondary School
Ms Tan Li Si is currently a PE teacher, who is also in charge of the badminton sports teams, at Bedok South Secondary School. She used to compete as a singles player during her student days at both the school and national level. Not only does she oversee the training program with the school coach, she also has experience coaching the Asean School teams. Li Si was also one of the finalists for the Outstanding Youth Educator Award (OYEA) in 2017.
Bedok South Secondary School
Physics Teacher & Teacher-In-Charge of Badminton Sports Teams
Mr Wong Zi Heng is a Physics teacher at Bedok South Secondary School. He is also one of the teachers-in-charge of the badminton sports teams. Zi Heng used to be a competitive school swimmer before he was paralysed from the chest down. Though he could not participate in sports games now, his strong belief that sports build character drives him to take up any possibility that enables him to reach out to the badminton athletes. Zi Heng was one of the recipients for the Straits Times Generation Grit Award in 2018.
A. Remote Coaching: The Next Paradigm Shift In Coaching
Mr Russell Lim
B. Coaching Education Start-Up in the Face of Pandemic: The Adrenaline Solutions Model
Mr Airnel T. Abarra & Dr Mauricio Garzon
C. Remote Coaching with Close Support - A Usability Perspective
Mr Jonathan Chan & Mr Jiong How Lua
Session Synopsis A
This Covid pandemic in Singapore is here to stay; therefore, we have to learn to accept, adjust, and adapt to this VUCA landscape. Traditional coaching methodologies in such circumstances may not affect just the livelihood of coaches but inadvertently, the development and progress of sports in Singapore. The purpose of this discussion is to share with the coaching fraternity on the advantages and possibilities of remote coaching (RC).
The presentation will:
- Share current RC practices, enablers, and constraints
- Introduce a new concept: Blended Coaching (BC)
- Share BC practices
At the end of the session, participants will:
- Understanding the elements of RC and BC
- Gain practical applications of BC
College Central, Institute of Technical Education
Lecturer, Sport Management
Russell Lim is a lecturer in Sport Management at the Institute of Technical Education College Central, and holds a Master in Exercise and Sport Studies from Nanyang Technological University. Along with his academic career, he is a 'AAA Member of the Singapore Professional Golfers' Association (SPGA) and has spent the past decade coaching golf to clients ranging from juniors to adults where he has integrated his interests of technology to augment his coaching and the clients' learning.
Session Synopsis B
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, most of the educational institutions closed their actual classroom settings and moved to virtual processes in relation to education programmes they can offer. Virtual learning became common during the lockdown period and provided different experiences for students and coaches. With this situation, the demand for the continuity of learning processes was seen in the presence of different online forms and virtual learning experiences. Adrenaline Solutions which is a start-up providing e-learning programmes for coaches in the Philippines and other locations started providing forums, content creation and other related services to different sport associations/federations. With this set-up Adrenaline Solutions engages in another model on Sport Education and Economics. The objective of this paper is to look on the feasibility of a start-up for Coaches Education and assess its impact to its stakeholders. Through presentation of baseline data on the reach of its initiatives, we will provide insights on how the impact of start-ups to different sport associations and present its further aspirations for other ways in providing coaches education in both local and international contexts.
Doctorate School of Sport Sciences at the University of Physical Education, Budapest, Hungary for Sport Research I Adrenaline Solutions
PhD Student I Director, Sport Research
Airnel T. Abarra (1983) is a PhD Student at the Doctorate School of Sport Sciences at the University of Physical Education, Budapest, Hungary and the Director for Sport Research of Adrenaline Solutions. His research topic is about sociology of sport and athlete identities. Before his PhD studies, he was the Grade School Sport Officer and Head Coach of the Track and Field Team of Ateneo de Davao University, Davao City, Philippines
Director of Sports Science & Performance
Mauricio Garzon holds a Ph.D. in Physical Activity Sciences at Montreal University and Executive Masters in Sports Organisation Management - MEMOS at Olympic Solidarity - International Olympic Committee. More than 20 years of experience fulfilling different roles from coach, general manager, researcher, and high-performance consultant. He is currently the Director of Sports Science & Performance at Adrenaline Solutions, professor of exercise physiology and sports training theory at universities in Canada and Colombia, instructor of the National Coach Certification Program at SportsQuébec, as well as international collaborator in several research projects in sports science.
Session Synopsis C
E-coaching has traditionally been afflicted with platform limitations and usability struggles, demanding innovative solutions to address its shortcomings. As usability practitioners and distance running coaches, we combine expertise to illustrate our vision for remote coaching for the near future. In our presentation, we discuss the integration of digital diagnostics on our coaching platform to improve athletes’ remote access to important services such as gait and movement analysis, as well as static posture evaluations. In turn, coaches may derive deeper insights on the individuals and work closely with wider communities of support. Combined with a streamlined interface for athlete programming, we suggest that this may help to free up quality time for coaches to focus on what they do best.
Jonathan Chan is an experienced creative from the digital industry and a certified NROC coach embarking on a journey to improve the lives of others through running. He is also founder of LAST Running, a running tech/brand/collective. His current interest is in pose recognition with the implementation of AR/AI and deep learning.
Environmental and Outdoor Educator
Jiong How Lua is an environmental and outdoor educator with a background in mountain and desert ultrarunning. He is a NROC coach actively working with multisport athletes. He is currently exploring coaching with power meters and heart rate variability for biofeedback.
A. Time to Practice What We Preach
Mr Jasper Thomas, Mr Alfred Sim & Mr Gabriel Huang
B. It Takes a Village, It Starts with Me! - Coaching Persons with Physical Disabilities
Ms Stefanie Ang
C. Insights into Singapore's Sport Coaching Industry – Coaching Providers
Dr. Lin Yen-Chun & Mr Chu Kin Kiew
Session Synopsis A
Coaches often try to inspire their athletes to be resilient and to never give up. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the livelihood of many coaches and they now find themselves in a situation where they need to practice what they preach.
Find out how three coaches managed to turn adversity into an opportunity through the Structured Mentorship Programme (SMP). They will share snippets about what they have learned through the SMP in relation to values inculcation, team development, and psychological skills coaching.
- Recognise how the Sports Resilience Package has helped coaches during these difficult times.
- Reflect on how process-focused coaching can improve coaching practices.
SP Womens, Ayer Rajah Gryphons
Jasper Richard Thomas is a certified AFC 'B' Diploma football coach who has over 11 years of coaching experience, currently Head Coach of SP women and Ayer Rajah Gryphons.
Founder, Head Coach
Alfred Sim is a former National Relay coach who represented Team Singapore at two SEA games. He has produced record breaking National and Age Group athletes, setting several National Interschool records and medals in the sprints and hurdles events.
Meerkats Wrestling Club
Founder, Coach Developer
Gabriel Huang is the founding coach of Meerkats Wrestling Club, a club that is focused on developing youth and recreational wrestlers from ages five onwards. He is also a coach developer for the Wrestling Federation of Singapore.
Session Synopsis B
This session looks at themes that emerged from a study on disability sport in Singapore. These themes were multi-levels and heavily influenced by individual and the environment. People with Physical Disabilities (PwPD)s' viewed their disability and competing priorities (due to family, school, work) as a challenge. Sports are perceived to improve one's health and wellbeing and are often driven by self-determination and self-interest.
Some PwPDs could either be influenced or be supported by their families, friends and seek out sports as a social avenue. Some are reliant on the caregiver to get involved in sports due to their severity of the disability. A coach who understands PwPDs will encourage sports participation but can be dampened by lack of resources like an experienced coach or lack of adaptive equipment. Participants often cite active referrals via touchpoints through their networks like health professionals and social service agencies. PwPDs' still face social stigma because of their disability. Architectural and infrastructural, education, health, social and sport policies have an overall role and impact on PwPDs' sports participation.
This study points out the need to bridge the weak social link that disconnects PwPDs from realising their full participation in sports making it fun, enjoyable, and inclusive for all.
Stefanie was part of Singapore’s first 8th ASEAN Para Games (APG) in 2015. She holds a Master of Public Health, Bachelor of Science (Exercise & Sport Science) and is a curriculum developer (IPC Coach Educator, ACTA, DACE). As a lead in capability development within the Disability Sports Master Plan, Stefanie has been curating, designing and conducting training in disability-related courses for SportSG staff, coaches, volunteers and caregivers. She aims to enable these stakeholders and ultimately improve the quality of life of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) through sport.
Session Synopsis C
The purpose of this project was to collect valuable insights from employers of coaches to support coach development in Singapore and improve employment conditions and practices.
27 employers of coaches were interviewed. Results showed that the NROC is less important as a criteria for selecting coaches when compared to referral by others and track record. While employers are generally supportive of enabling coaches to develop themselves, it is difficult to obtain the resources to support.
Increasing the awareness of NROC not only among the coaches, but parents and private employers. People's skill and communication are highly valued by parents and private employers, the NROC Programme could incorporate these kinds of training in the course.
Providing e-learning or distance learning programmes to coaches because setting aside coaching sessions to attend training and workshops is challenging.
Consider moving away from the concept of using a specific number of hours for professional development and upgrade; instead, developing an assessment of coaches’ competency and application of coaching concepts.
National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Dr. Lin Yen-Chun joined the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in August 2017. Her scholarly work aims to enhance the positive role of sport in people's lives. Her main research interest falls into the intersection of sport and development, including sport management, sport development and social aspects of sport. She has researched and written on topics about community sport development, sport participation of immigrants, and sport for social change.
Master Personal Trainer
Chu Kin Kiew obtained his Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Studies from Nanyang Technological University in 2020. He has been working in the fitness industry for over 15 years and pursues evidence-based research to enhance the health, lives and athletic performance of his clients. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has a passion for continuous learning in the areas of exercise science. His research interests include empowering positive behavioural change through applied knowledge and motivational techniques.
A. Coaches as Gatekeepers: Achieving Holistic and Sustainable Athlete Development in Partnership with Sport Psychologists
Dr. Nicholas de Cruz
B. Building High Performing Teams and Lessons in Leadership
Mr Neo Beng Siang
Session Synopsis A
This session will highlight the significance of focusing on the development of harmonious working relationships between coaches and sport psychologists to support athletes in their pursuit of sporting excellence. Although the practice of sport psychology may consist and be informed by different disciplines and theories, the central theme shared by our national athletes, was that of a mediator, bridging the gaps (e.g., miscommunication, misunderstandings) between athletes and their entourage, specifically the coach. However, athlete engagement or disdain for sport psychology services is highly dependent on coaches’ perceptions and beliefs of sport psychology and what it has or does not have to offer. If coaches and sport psychologists can develop relationships built on trust, and value each other's contribution to athletic development, both parties can effectively collaborate and draw on a collective breadth and depth of knowledge from multiple sources to maximise the potential support rendered to athletes.
Singapore University of Social Sciences I Singapore Sailing Federation
Lecturer I Coach
Nicholas, PhD, is a psychology lecturer at the Singapore University of Social Sciences and developmental coach with the Singapore Sailing Federation. His research is centred around cultural sport psychology and elite sport in Singapore. At SUSS, he teaches performance psychology, research methods, and qualitative research. Nicholas is a chartered member (CPsychol) of the British Psychological Society, full member of the Singapore Psychological Society (MSPS) and National Registry of Coaches (SG-Coach Level 3), and registered instructor with the Ministry of Education.
Session Synopsis B
Individuals may come and go but a team's culture lives on through its values, beliefs, and behaviours. Hear about the culture that Coach Neo Beng Siang built with the Singapore National Team and the Singapore Slingers and how it led them to two SEA Games Bronze medals and three ASEAN Basketball League Finals.
You will also learn about his leadership philosophy and how he managed to bring different individuals together to forge a common team identity and create a high performing team culture. You might even pick up a few tips on how he managed the challenges of coaching at the top level. These lessons apply both in sport and in business so if you aspire to be a leader at the top of your field, this is a session that you cannot miss.
Singapore Slingers I ActiveSG Basketball Academy
Head Coach I Principal
A Singapore basketball legend and former national athlete, Coach Neo Beng Siang has over two decades of coaching experience at the elite level. He has led both the Singapore Men’s National Basketball Team and the Singapore Slingers to regional success and also won the 2015/16 ABL Coach of the Year award as the Head Coach of the Singapore Slingers. In addition, he gives back to the community by nurturing the next generation of youth players as the Principal of the ActiveSG Basketball Academy.
Coach Neo is married with three lovely daughters and when he has time away from basketball, he indulges in a range of other sports, including football, table tennis, badminton, and more!
Game for Life: Coaches' Practical Tips on Integrating Values in Coaching Practice
(In-Person Practical Session)
Ms Eliza Tan, Dr. Cheryl Tay, Ms Brenda Ter, Mr Lin Yen Yu (Jay) & Mr Yap Pern Fei (Erick)
Currently, the emphasis on the affective domain in coaching practice is not widely practiced amongst the coaching fraternity in Singapore. Hence, CoachSG initiated the first formal structured mentoring programme anchored on the SportSG's Game-for-Life (GFL) framework as the approach for the intentional design to facilitate Character and Leadership Development through Sport (CLDS) outcomes, with the aim to develop and certify coaches who are competent in using sport as a platform for character development.
This practical workshop is put together by CoachSG's character & development team and four excellent coaches from the pioneer batch of the GFL mentoring programme. Participants can look forward to an interactive and immersive session that would cover the following:
- Background and Concept behind the GFL Mentoring Programme
- Explanation of the Game-for-Life framework to design Sporting Activities
- Sharing & Practical Demonstration by Individual and Team Sport Coaches on how to integrate values within coaching activities
- Examples of activities and specific role play to address learning and developing performance, effective intercommunication, moral values, and character traits within the context of Game for Life
CoachSG, Sport Singapore
Manager, Character & Leadership Development
Eliza Tan is a trained ICCE Coach Developer, a certified behavioural consultant in DISC profiling tool and has specialised in the area of Character & Leadership development for the past eight years. She trains sports coaches and educators in structuring their trainings and lessons to facilitate the learning of values and positive behavioural outcomes. She has provided consultation and design expertise to various government organisations, schools and sporting organisations for character and leadership development initiatives.
ActiveSG Canoe Academy, Sport Singapore
Team Lead, Sport Development
Cheryl Tay (Team Lead, Sport Development), Sport Singapore, holds a PhD in Sports Biomechanics and is the Academy Lead for ActiveSG Canoe Academy. Her foray into the world of sport science and coaching started with simply wanting to paddle faster. Having represented Singapore in Canoe Kayak Sprint, Kayak Marathon, Dragon Boat and Rowing, she believes that the pursuit of sporting excellence is an invaluable journey. Cheryl is an ICF Canoe-Kayak Sprint Level 3 Expert Coach and a published researcher.
ActiveSG Athletics Club
Athletics Senior Coach (NROC)
A former Ministry of Education Teacher, Brenda Ter is an NROC Senior Coach for Athletics. She strongly believes in imparting both skills and values through the sport as character is what sets the good athletes from the great athletes. She has been actively coaching for eight years and is currently a coach at ActiveSG Athletics Club.
Triathlon Coach (NROC)
Lin Yen Yu (Jay) is a NROC certified Level 1 Triathlon Coach and the ex-Coach of the NTU Aquathlon Team. A former Varsity Triathlete with close to four years of experience in the sport of triathlon as both an athlete and coach, He is highly sought after by new triathletes and boasts a vast experience in holding open water swim clinics for triathlon clubs in both Taiwan and Singapore. He also does competitive Swim training for triathletes and triathlon stroke development classes.
Basketball Coach (NROC I FIBA)
Yap Pern Fei (Erick) is a certified licensed FIBA and NROC basketball coach with vast experience in coaching the national youth and school teams in Singapore. Erick specialises in basketball technical skill and devising lesson plans. His positive attitude, tireless energy and commitment to lifelong learning ensure his learners receive the latest and most updated good practices in the coaching domains.