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When you are starting to coach, it can be a slightly daunting experience. Suddenly, you are in charge, and all eyes are on you. And it should be a bit daunting. And exciting. And enjoyable, even fun. You are in a position that determines whether everyone enjoys taking part or not. This is a position that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
With that in mind, here are 15 things that you should know to help you when you start out as a coach:
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Love this article Andy. I see new coaches coming through the system year on year and your tips are so relevant and accurate. I try to tell new coaches to not be afraid of making mistakes as a planned activity is better than having nothing. I also think your point on being a role model is great...#HappyCoachesHappyPlayers
Some great tips here - thanks for the post - I think the "not being afraid of making mistakes" comment from Gareth is spot on too - I have seen coaches try to cover mistakes up - the participants always know - I have always tried to say to my groups "yep - I got that wrong - this is what we need to do/I should have said..." etc
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