As an athlete, your coach is one of the most important people in your life. As well as being a teacher and a mentor, your coach will be there to motivate you, comfort you, advise you, challenge you, prepare you and support you.
Your coach will likely be the person who has the biggest influence on your sporting performance, so if you want to achieve your very best, it’s important that you have the right person behind you.
There are many things you need to consider when choosing a coach. How knowledgeable are they? How experienced are they? How much success have they had? What methods do they use? What is their coaching philosophy? How dedicated will they be to you? Where are they based?
So to help you find the right coach, simply follow our top tips and check out some of the other resources available.
The best thing for me is always guidance. Not a coach who says, ‘Do this, do that’, but someone who can give me a framework and then give me the tools to be able to mentally and physically make the right choices and the right decisions while I’m playing or while I’m training.
Kobe Bryant, two-time Olympic gold medallist, basketball