Welcome to the latest addition to the Boing Blog! One written all the way from sunny Sevilla in Spain. My name is Kirsten and I am one of the PhD candidates who work closely with Boing and Sport England on Boing-y research. My role is to explore and evaluate Boing, what it means for the adults who learn the principles and the children who experience it.
Last week the research team took the first piece of Boing-y research from the PhD to the European College of Sport Sciences research conference. The conference is traditionally physiology and biomechanics based so taking research all about kids and the adults that work with them is exciting a little unusual. The project was well received with lots of very interesting questions.
The presentation I hope is the first of many shedding light on the value of both practitioner education and the child’s voice in research. This time I presented data on the Boing online workshop that has run over the last two years. The data suggests that the workshop run by the team of coaches is effective at training adults on the Boing-y principles with big statistical changes shown. This was not exclusive to an organisations type (sport, community education for example) nor was it exclusive to demographic data (i.e. gender, level of experience or current role).
What this means is that statically speaking, the workshop worked for a wide range of people and organisations. This may come as a surprise to some as many of us love running around the sports hall to experience games or meeting in person to discuss training. But… online workshops were effective at training practitioners – in a different way. Now the research does not suggest that online is better that in person training or visa versa, all it does show is that online workshops like the ones hosted during CV19 lockdowns are effective at educating coaches, teaches and wider facilitators. If you are interested in reading more about the research, the commission report that evaluated Boing is widely available online including here. We have even been on a podcast all about the project, which you can listen to on whatever streaming platform you prefer. It is called Exploring coach development 'lasagne' - a conversation with Kirsten Wing and Will Roberts by Talent Equation. I use apple podcasts so here is the link for those who also use the platform.
It was very rewarding being able to showcase some of the work on this project but most of all raising awareness on the many different ways that children can be supported in physical activities in a fun and sustainable way. We even had delegates asking us where they could find the resources for Boing. But it is now your turn, do you have any questions for the researchers? If so please get in touch.