Community Sport Coaching

Community Sport Coaching
Prepared by  Prepared by: Dr Ralph Richards, Senior Research Consultant, Clearinghouse for Sport, Sport Australia (formerly Australian Sports Commission)
evaluated by  Evaluation by: Dr Andrew Dawson, Centre for Exercise and Sport Science, Deakin University, and Simon Woinarski, Program Coordinator Coaching and Officiating, NSW Sport and Recreation (April 2016)
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Last updated  Last updated: 15 February 2018
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Community Sport Coaching
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Introduction

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.


Key Messages 

1

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

2

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




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