Vicky Parry |

UK Coaching Week 2020: creating a positive coaching culture

British Rowing is supporting UK Coaching Week’s campaign ‘Support Your Coach’. In the first of a series of articles celebrating the amazing work that our coaches do, Vicky Parry and the National Coaching Committee share tips on creating a positive coaching environment

UK Coaching Week 2020 is an opportunity to recognise and support our coaches. But what does that mean for the coaches in our clubs?

When I visit clubs, the walls are most likely to be adorned with trophy cabinets, painted blades, pennants and photographs of winning crews. Rarely do I see a picture of a coach in action. Where do we celebrate our wonderful coaches?

Celebrate success, yes, but that is not all our amazing sport is about. Where would those athletes be without their coaches? Where is the evidence of sessions that are fun, challenging or indeed life-affirming? Where is the acknowledgement of coaches who lead the learn to row sessions or support club members to take their first steps on the rowing journey – or coaches who work with rowers who have a very different focus, such as overcoming disadvantages or health issues?

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