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 requiredteach techniques to help sportspeople acquire additional skills or improve existing skillssupervise practice sessionsplan training programmessupervise athletes' physical developmentorganise and liaise with sports science support staffarrange entries into competitionsplan and direct game strategy, sometimes in consultation with club officialsanalyse the progress of games or competitions and give signals and instructions to playerscarry out post-competition analysis of performance and evaluate strategyundertake related administrative tasks such as booking venues, organising tours and budgetingtravel with individuals and teams to competitionsrecruit 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.