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The Rocky Road to the Top | Coaching Youth (age 13-18) | ConnectedCoaches

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Coaching Youth (age 13-18)

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Comments (2)

I love this infographic and very relevant to my sporting pathway and success. Trying to convey why it isn't always best for young athletes to win competitions etc is difficult - sometimes its the long term plan that sees them get to where they need to be.
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I believe this is so key... Talent needs trauma and we need to prepare our athletes for traumas that may/inevitably happen.

Recent experience of mine was at a 3 day camp where the athletes were training and competing vying for an opportunity to get an England assessment a year early. One of our goalkeepers picked up a soft tissue injury that the physio assessed and ruled her out for the rest of the camp. She was devastated and upset however after a discussion making it clear that the road to the top isn't a straight line and there is more than often bumps along the way, really helped. It was also helpful that GB has arguably the best goalkeeper in the world and we were able to use her as a case study and talk through some of her traumas and bumps. And how she could use this opportunity differently.

She stayed for the rest of the camp working with the specialised goalkeeper coaches listening to what they had to say and helping with the activities for the other goalkeepers as well as carrying out notational analysis on the outfielders and goalkeepers. Still making the camp worthwhile; learning and being exposed to the environment.

This was recent so we'll have to wait and see the outcome and whether she will come back stronger, which I'm pretty confident she will. And whether she'll be able to see the opportunities in any set backs she might face in the future.
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