Sports coaches teach individuals and teams how to improve the way they play and practise their sport by analysing their performances, instructing them in relevant skills, providing motivation and enhancing their capabilities.
Duties & Tasks
Sports coaches may perform the following tasks:observe individuals' performances to determine the level of instruction required
teach techniques to help sportspeople acquire additional skills or improve existing skills
supervise practice sessions
plan training programmes
supervise athletes' physical development
organise and liaise with sports science support staff
arrange entries into competitions
plan and direct game strategy, sometimes in consultation with club officials
analyse the progress of games or competitions and give signals and instructions to players
carry out post-competition analysis of performance and evaluate strategy
undertake related administrative tasks such as booking venues, organising tours and budgeting
travel with individuals and teams to competitions
recruit players and other coaching staff.
Sports coaches operate on a professional (paid) or honorary (unpaid) basis. They usually specialise in a particular sport. The degree of personal proficiency required to coach a sport varies widely, and can include experience as a voluntary junior coach through to an elite coach of a highly commercialised sport.
thorough understanding of preferred sport
good communication skills
good interpersonal skills
enthusiastic, disciplined and dedicated
flexible and innovative
prepared to travel and to work long hours, evenings and weekends.