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Retention of Ringers

Recent Developments in Coaching Pip Penney October 9th 2008

Introduction

Within the ringing world we have a need to recruit and perhaps more importantly retain ringers.

How many times do we recruit ringers for them to be lost a few months later?

How many times do we see ringers who have progressed well, perhaps out- performing all other learners in their tower then suddenly lose interest?

Do we know why they leave and what we might be able to do to reduce this loss?

The “Principles of Coaching” are just that, they are a range of different aspects of teaching which affect the way people learn and their attitude to their learning. They apply to the teaching of any activity which involves physical skill, from sport to music, through team activities to individual pursuits. Bell ringing falls within this broad reach.

If you are a Tower Captain or Ringing Teacher:-

  • Do you know what you can do to create the atmosphere in which enthusiasm is maintained and team spirit increased?

  • Do you understand how your teaching style can be used to build the confidence of your learners?

  • Do you have knowledge about why people give up an activity which they have been pursuing for sometime and how you can reduce the likelihood of this occurring?

  • Do you know how to subtly change your teaching technique so as to get the best out of all your different types of learner?

  • Do you understand why some people will always “have a go” while others are reluctant to attempt new things?

Traditionally, the knowledge and skills relevant to the retention and development of learners was the domain solely of top level sports coaches. However, over the last ten years or so, perhaps due to the influence of the internet, this wisdom has become more widely available.

Bell ringing is not the only activity suffering from problems of recruitment and retention. Other groups are reappraising the way they have been doing things. These principles are being introduced by tutors and coaches into a wide range of activities to help spur interest and ambition amongst participants.

Ten years ago British cycling was in severe decline, members were leaving the British Cycling Federation in droves. These are the coaching techniques put into place by the performance director of the British Cycling team Dave Brailsford. At the Beijing Olympic Games the results of this new approach were fully realized with our cyclists winning 14 medals including 8 gold.

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