Sports coaches/instructors help children and adults to realize their potential in a sporting discipline through the provision of instruction, advice and encouragement.
Sports coaches bring out ability by identifying needs and planning and implementing suitable training programmes. Whatever the context, coaching involves developing the participants’ physical and psychological fitness and providing the best possible practical conditions in order to maximize their performance.
Employers of sports coaches
- Colleges & Universities
- Local authorities
- Fitness centers
- Sports clubs
- teaching relevant skills, tactics and techniques
- monitoring and enhancing performance by providing tuition, encouragement and constructive feedback
- identifying strengths and weaknesses
- advising about health and lifestyle issues
- developing training programmes
- undertaking administrative tasks
- assisting with sports promotion/development.
There are routes into coaching for both university graduates and school leavers. A degree in sports science, sports management, recreation or leisure studies, physiology or psychology may be beneficial. Relevant practical work experience is also essential.
- the ability to quickly develop successful working relationships with people from different backgrounds and with varying levels of sporting ability;
- a desire to help other people succeed;
- excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
- team-building ability;
- enthusiasm, flexibility and patience;
- awareness of equality and diversity issues, including those related to sport and disability;
- motivational skills and an understanding of the psychology that underpins successful competition (particularly at senior coaching levels);
- organizational skills;
- a strong interest in maintaining professional skills and knowledge.