Here are ten things we should be doing in the interest of helping to educate the next generation of coaches:
The world needs more coaches. Good coaches. Passionate coaches. Committed coaches. Innovative coaches.
Coaches are the driving force of change in sport and every sport needs more great coaches.
Many nations – including the UK, Canada, South Africa, France and Australia are investing in coach education, coach development, coach mentoring, coach accreditation and coaching the coaches programs.
And – as usual – instead of inventing new, exciting, innovative, creative and more importantly effective ways of educating and developing the next generation of coaches, everyone is following trends, fads and the old tried and trusted training techniques – many of which have failed over and over again all over the world.
Here are ten really dumb things we do and call it Coach Education.
Coach education is at the crossroads.
One thing is for certain, the way we have trained, educated and developed sports coaches in the past is not working. It has failed.
Let’s talk about a new approach in Coach Training, Education and Development: A Client Focused Approach.
Let’s talk about CoachT.E.D. (pronounced Coached): Coach Training, Education and Development.
And most importantly, let’s talk about training, educating and developing more coaches and better coaches: coaches who can provide every person involved in sport with the environment and the opportunity to develop a passion for sport, a life long love of physical fitness and activity and the chance to choose a path to realise their potential as athletes and human beings.
OK. Let’s talk about how to develop world class coaches.
Grab a piece of paper. On one side of the paper, write down the characteristics of a great coach.
Does your list include any or all of the following:
- Outstanding communicator
- Conflict resolver
- Media manager
- Public relations genius
- Team developer
- People manager
- Technical / tactical / strategic skills of the highest order
OK – now turn the page over and write down a list of all the coach education programs which cover the above?
Is this side of the paper blank? Yes? Then we can begin.
Mentoring is a great way to learn, grow and develop as a coach. Coaching is above all a people game and mentoring is about bringing people together to learn, share, grow, develop and ultimately perform more effectively: it is Performance Partnership – a performance partnership with particular purpose. What makes mentoring different from having a
Creativity – along with the capacity to inspire change through emotional connection is the most powerful tool a coach can possess. All coaches can learn to be creative – it’s not something you have to born with. You can learn to be creative – and by thinking, saying and doing things that are unique – that are different and by daring to be different you can achieve coaching success.
Sports science has made and can continue to make a huge impact on sports performance. However, most sports scientists do not communicate their knowledge, research, ideas and information very well. As a result, many coaches will listen to and work with sports scientists who have made the effort to understand the coaching “world” and to sports science professionals who listen to, respect and engage with them as equals – as professionals trying to make a difference.
Coach education has shifted from being Content Driven to Context Relevant. Gone are the days of delivering boring, non-specific, content heavy coaching courses. Coaches are looking for smarter, more efficient and more effective ways of learning and most importantly, they are looking for information to help them coach more effectively in the coaching environment (context) they coach in. This article discusses the need for coach educators to seriously and radically change the way they deliver coach education, training and development programs.