Watch Ronaldo kick a football compared to
Beckham at free kicks. One’s not right and one’s not wrong, it’s
just what works for that player. The best coaches help the players find the
best way for them. The old analogy that there’s one technical
technical model to do something if you watch all top sportsmen in the world
they do everything slightly differently. Tendulkar holds the bat the wrong way round.
If you went down your local cricket club at the age of seven, the first thing they
would do is turn his hand round in this country so he’s got the double V grip.
Malinga bowls the ball sideways. Furyk’s got the worst golf swing in golf
yet it works for him. We’ve long moved from scientific methodologies
to ‘How do i train an athlete?’, ‘How do I put together a coaching plan?’.
If you can’t understand what the person at the centre of this, your learner, needs
then a lot of that stuff becomes irrelevant. Andy Murray you see get quite angry often in games
and look up to his coaching team. Well how do we get learners even at that elite
level, or at a participatory level how do we get them to think about ‘how
I solve this problem myself’. Traditional methods have long been coach
centred and wanted the coach to be in charge to be
that knowledgeable person. We’d have people stood in certain places,
we’d drill them, we’d make sure they could repeat a pass over 10 yards, over
20 yards, over 30 yards and actually those things, it terms of learning,
they take away decisions and problem solving, the ability of the learner to really work though
and understand for themselves the skill, the practise, the problem in front
of them and how to solve that problem. So good coaching moves beyond that coach centred
and towards that very learner centred approach.