Coaches develop expertise in a range of formal and informal ways. While formal courses provide a good foundation, coaches also need to learn ‘on the job’ either on their own or ideally mediated by someone else, often a more experienced coach, developer or some sort of mentor (Penny Crisfield).
“Behind every successful person, there is one elementary truth; somewhere, somehow, someone cared about their growth and development; this person was their mentor.”
How mentoring works?
“Mentoring is where a coach is being guided towards acquiring new knowledge, feedback, ideas, or advice by a more knowledgeable and experienced person who has both sporting and mentoring credibility”
What can a mentor help you with?
A mentor can help you develop in almost any aspect of coaching. Some of these may be;
- Improving your technical or tactical knowledge
- Helping you meet a new coaching challenge (e.g. different age group or level of participants)
- Support with a new coaching role (e.g. Head coach)
To help you decide if mentoring is for you see our flow chart
Based on your needs we will match you with a suitable coach mentor and together you will work towards achieving your coaching goals. The specifics and duration of the mentoring support will be agreed by both parties in advance.
For more information see our FAQ’s
To apply for coach our support & mentoring programme fill out an application form.
If you want to find out more, contact Craig McCulloch at Scottish Cycling email@example.com