Role Models Should Not Be Perfect.

Last weekend, Tiger Woods won his first major championship in 11 years. It was undoubtedly an awesome sporting achievement — a once great athlete, written off for over a decade due to various injuries and personal issues comes back to win on the biggest stage his sport has. It has been interesting to watch the …

How Might We Stop the Weaponisation of Coaching?

One of the trends that concerns me the most in sports coaching today is what a clever-person described to me as the “weaponisation” of coaching. By this, I mean the use of fancy terminology or acronyms that evidences how much knowledge a coach has. The more a coach can weaponise their knowledge — the more …

Coaches Don’t Need To Have The Answer.

Bill Walsh, the legendary coach of the San Francisco 49ers, had a concise approach towards leading a successful organisation the 1980s. A successful Coach, or Leader, had to “Listen, Learn, Lead”. Given how successful he was as a Coach (winning 3 Superbowls – the first less than two years after the team had only won …

How Might We Get Clubs to Work Together for the Benefit of our Sports?

In the long history of humankind, those who learned to collaborate most effectively have prevailed. However, in the world of competitive sport, there is often a fear of allowing competitors to see how you go about your business, in case they steal your ideas. Clubs, athletes and coaches are often convinced their way of doing …

Do We Have the Right People Coaching Our Talented Young Athletes?

In sport, we have heard some version of the adage “your best coaches should work with your youngest athletes”. My view is that we need a different way of judging whether a person has the skills to work with talented young people, because the skills required to be a UKCC Level 4 / Pro Licence …

Coaches Should Speak More About Their Failures.

In my experience, there are many ego-driven coaches. It’s difficult to have a short conversation with some of them without being told what club they work for, or how many champions they have produced. However, what concerns me at a grassroots level is that coaches are quick to share their successes, but often tight lipped …

Coaching: Listening Is The Real Super Power.

It is interesting to me that a quiet, introverted person will often be accused of lacking in social skills. However, by listening to others talk without the need to speak, we are actually practising the most important social skill of all. We carry an image of what a coach should do, and this is often …