Coaches arguably play the most visible role within an athletes’ entourage. Creating and maintaining a strong relationship between you and your athlete is vital to their success, and you should be acting as a leader and mentor to them. And it’s not only the technical advice that matters, but your motivational and emotional skills can also turn a good athlete into a great one.
In becoming coaches we accept a duty of care to help athletes become the very best they can be. That means empowering and protecting them in every sense of the word.
What athletes have to say?
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.