Coaching top tips for young people by young people
Posted by Dean Holden at August 13th, 2013
by Liz Burkinshaw, 6 August 2013
Sports Coach UK’s Liz Burkinshaw recently attended the Cooperative StreetGames Young Volunteers (CSYV) conference in Walsall. The CSYV conference was for young people aged 16-25 who are volunteering at doorstep sport projects in some of the UK’s most disadvantaged communities. The theme of the conference was “Living the Legacy” with the aim to inspire a generation of young volunteers to build on the momentum built-up during the 2012 Olympics.
Liz interviewed some young people about coaching; in particular
- What are your reasons for volunteer coaching?
- What is your top tip for coaching young people?
Here are a few of the ideas that the young volunteers had about coaching young people.
What is your top tip for coaching young people?
- Get to know the kids you coach. It makes doing planning the session easier and more fun.
- Have fun! Give the kids no option but to come back. Show enthusiasm at all times
- Make your instructions clear and precise. Keep it simple. Make sure they understand
- Ask them what they think, keep them involved and keep checking they’re enjoying it
- Join in yourself. Have a laugh. Have fun with the kids
- Get the kids to share ideas. Get the kids talking
- Respect young people in sport and how they want to play
- Have perseverance
- Always have new ideas. Use your imagination
- Be open minded. Don’t think you’re always right
- Adapt the session for the area and participants. Do more classes for young people with disability
Hear what they had to say in this short four minute video: