In a new series on approaches to technique, Coach Consultant Robin Williams explores how you can create an inclusive environment and training programme where everyone can flourish.
If you were a coach starting a new job at a rowing club what would you take with you on day one – a stopwatch and a megaphone, or a broom, pen and paper? I’d choose the latter because the first thing I’d do is make sure the place looked clean and tidy, then I’d write a welcome note for the rowers about to arrive, and then a training plan to put on the club noticeboard.
Now this is obviously a metaphor for creating the right environment in the club, but a sense of order, a mood of enthusiasm, and a shared plan are really important ingredients in the running of a successful programme.(more…)