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The Challenge to coaches and coaching: Kevin Bowring
“The modern player adopts a ‘pick and mix’ loyalty rather than a long-term allegiance.”
He is becoming increasingly preoccupied with self and is more independent and less submissive to authority. He finds difficulty in accepting criticism and is more liable to conflict.
How do coaches adapt to this?
I believe in player development and I believe in the impact that coaches can have on that development. The continual professional development of coaches is important and the words of Dave Whittaker, the 1984 gold medal Olympics hockey team coach, still ring true today.
“You owe it to your players to be the best coach you can possibly be.”
That doesn’t mean that we want to develop coaches who are all the same. There is, I believe, opportunity to develop individuality in our coaches. I do not believe in developing a group of homogeneous coaches – points of difference are vitally important.
‘Big picture’ coaches with a real sense of purpose and a clear understanding of how the principles of play can transform learning and performance are vital for the future development of coaching.
Our challenge in coach development is to help to develop innovative and creative coaches who can maximise player and team potential. Even at the elite end of the game where the media’s microscopic analysis and interest have placed incredible stresses on coaches there is scope for development.
The challenge of elite coach development is to develop coaches who can deal with the most intense coaching environment of world cups, international matches and the premiership.
(Full article can be found here)
Kevin Bowring: Head of RFU elite coach development.
James has been my strength and conditioning coach since June 2009 and during this time he has provided me with constant support and helped me develop as an athlete, from Under 17 international level to senior international. He is currently helping me with my transition from fencer to Modern Pentathlete.
10 Apr 2019
Sporting success starts here
- Are you a sporting teenager who wants to get better?
- Do you play more than 1 sport?
- Do you want specific advice on how you can prepare for the matches ahead?
- Do you want to know how to balance school/ club sporting commitments?
- This day is for you.
The Day will include: