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What makes a performance coach

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  • stewmasterathletecomGIMOCP9R

    Hi, not really a new coach but where better to post something that discusses a coaches effective time line than here?

    In the eyes of the UK Coaching and to become UKPCA you need to effectively be coaching an international standard athlete or equivalent in your sport.

    Most of the times this is down this can be down to being in the right location (but thats another post perhaps)

    So in your eyes what takes someone along the career path of being a trainer, a coach, a performance coach

    What would you say defines each, and what steps can be taken to achieve them

  • robertkmaaye

    Hi Stewart

    Thanks for starting this conversation smile

    I thought I'd answer your questions in two parts.... firstly the term ‘performance coach’ and UKPCA.

    The UK Performance Coaches Association was set up to represent and support those coaches who are working in the high performance environment, as you say, at an international level. So it was established to support and represent the specific needs of coaches working in this unique environment.

    At UK Coaching, we believe every coach is important and that is why we support coaches of all levels and experience to be the best coach they can be. Through our website (including the ConnectedCoaches community) we provide a range of guidance, learning and development to meet the needs of coaches working in any environment.

    The term high performance often makes a number of assumptions including the level of technical knowledge and expertise, the environment the coach works in, whether they are a coach is 'qualified' and even whether they are paid or not.

    Maybe a better term is ‘high performing coach’? 

    The most critical element is the desire and drive to develop yourself as a coach, a thirst for learning, curious to explore new ideas (hopefully you can find lots in the community smile ) and experiences to be the best coach you can be.

    A self-aware coach is in a better position to understand others, the coach the person in front of them.  Great coaches are focused and motivated to get the best out of people whatever their motivation. They work with their participants to help them achieve their goal whether they want to be fitter, have fun, make new friends, be more confident in their sport or be the next Olympic champion.  A great coach, coaches the person to maximise their potential and walks with them on their journey to achieving their goals.  They then use their knowledge and experiences to develop an optimum environment to achieve this.  It’s the combination of technical knowledge and relational skills that highlights a high performing coach.

    A coach that has aspirations to work within a performance environment applies these principles within the talent and performance pathway. 

    A few things for you (and others reading the post – please do join the debate smile) to consider;

    Q. What questions have you asked yourself about your reason for coaching?

    Q. What do you think your participants expect of you?

    Q. How will you support, engage and inspire your participants so that they keep coming back for more?

    Q. Where do you want to coach? Community setting, Club Environment, Young People, Talent Pathway, Adults?

    Q. What qualities and skills do you have already and what area do you think you need to develop further?

    This is how a coach advances, they strive to develop themselves and their participants and in doing so, some make a decision to focus their energy and effort in progressing the pathway into the high performance environment.

    Look forward to reading your views

  • AndyP

    I think these terms as used in practice work better in a team setting, since unfortunately they seem to attach more to the level of performance than the level of coaching.

    In an individual sport it’s likely there will be a fair degree of variation across a training group and a huge amount of luck in terms of which athletes cross the coach’s path. 

    Some of the best coaches may never coach anyone to an international level, while I’m sure we can all think of athletes who have been successful at that level in spite of, rather than due to their coaching. 

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