Get Involved: Coaching and Athletics

  • Coaches play an important role in the life of a student athlete. A coach can influence the development of sport-specific skills as well as the development of the athlete as a person and their approach to other aspects of their life. The satisfaction can outweigh the challenges.

    An effective coach possesses a number of skills. Of these skills, knowledge of the sport and how to pass that knowledge onto the participants they are coaching are key.  Key coaching skills include:

    • Organising
    • Observing
    • Analysing
    • Adapting
    • Communicating
    • Improving performance.

     

    As a volunteer coach, you have the opportunity to:

    • Be a good role model for students
    • Help students develop a love of the sport
    • Help students develop self-confidence, consistency, camaraderie and sportsmanship
    • Help students understand why things are being done, or learn to ask for suggestions when not sure and to admit and apologise when they make a mistake