Community Sport Coaching

Community Sport Coaching
Prepared by  Prepared by: Dr Ralph Richards, Senior Research Consultant, Clearinghouse for Sport, Australian Sports Commission
Last updated  Last updated by: Ralph Richards (29 May 2017)
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Community Sport Coaching
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The effective delivery of community sport programs relies upon the recruitment, engagement, and ongoing development of coaches. Coaches play a central role in organising sports participants, teaching sports skills and strategies, as well as improving athlete fitness and motivation to train and compete.

Overall, the coach-athlete relationship forms a key component in a participant’s rationale for entering, and then continuing in a sport. The quality of coaching also contributes to a participant’s satisfaction with his/her sporting experience and continued performance development.

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Coaches have a key role in the engagement and retention of sports participants, as well as their performance development.


Education, training, and ongoing professional development of community coaches has been shown to improve their effectiveness.

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