One of the fundamental differences between a good coach and a great coach is openness to learning. Good coaches are happy with what they know - their sport, their methods, their people. Great coaches are restless learners and seek knowledge from outside their area of expertise. The reality is that to be a great coach, … Continue reading Great Coaches Learn From Other Sports
Right now (end November 2020) there have been almost 1 million confirmed cases of coronavirus here in the UK, and over 50,000 deaths. Even if we have managed to stay safe and healthy, It is impossible not to have been affected by COVID-19. For many of us, our mental health and well-being has suffered. According to … Continue reading Sports Clubs – The Healers Our Communities Need
Sport is not complicated... but too often we, as coaches, complicate it. In my experience, this happens in different ways. In individual sports, some coaches get mired in technical intricacies, and demand techniques are executed in a particular way. In team sports, it can be an over-focus on team tactics or strategy during training to … Continue reading Good Coaching Is…
In sport, we can get too bogged down with the roles and responsibilities of the coach. Sometimes we can get too academic or philosophical about what their job is. However, I think we can agree that they are responsible for helping an athlete get better (and we will all have diverging opinions of what "helping", … Continue reading Coaches – Are You Growing With Your Athletes?
Working in sport, I often see really good coaches who are really bad at working with young people. Some believe that content is King; that we can deliver the same training, in the same way, to adults and children and expect to see the same improvements in performance. To truly be a great coach of … Continue reading Coaches – Empathy Is Vital When Working With Young People
Over the past 9 years I have been so fortunate to work with a large number of sports clubs in a variety of different sports. Regardless of the sport, many of these clubs share something in common. That is, they don't know the answer to a simple question: Why do you exist? Now, I am … Continue reading Sports Clubs – Why Do You Exist?
"What are you doing to get better?" is one of my favourite questions to ask coaches. Most often the answer is based around the number of hours they are putting in every week, or the number of different athletes they are working with. Although time on task is important, it can often be a false … Continue reading Coaches – Stop Using Your Qualification As A Shield
I was once lucky enough to visit Everton FC's training ground, which was exactly as you would imagine a Premier League team's multi-million pound training facility to be - top of the range, innovative, with incredible attention of detail. It seems no stone is left upturned when it comes to developing talent. As part of … Continue reading Are We Recognising Talent Too Young?
When it comes to involvement in sport, we are still using growth as the measure of success. Government and sports governing bodies will use the increase in participants as a badge of honour, to prove how healthy they are. We have increased participation by 10% this year, therefore our sport must be doing well. I … Continue reading Sports Clubs – Retention Is More Important Than Growth.
A lot has been written about the impact of technology in society today, particularly smart phones and social media. One of the biggest changes has been that we now have the answer to any question we might want to answer in our pocket. All we need to do is Google it. For sports - and … Continue reading Coaches – How You Make Someone Feel Is More Important Than What You Know.