Professional Development for Coaches

Coaching is a complex and varied pursuit. Coaches play a pivotal role in sport, and operate in a range of different environments and capacities, from a part-time volunteer to a full-time professional. The most effective coaches seek to improve their own performance, and ensure that they continually evaluate and develop themselves as a coach. A combination of self-reflection and professional development activities assist in this pursuit.

A coach’s impact can extend beyond the sporting environment into everyday life. If a coach is to positively influence both the performance and behaviour of those under their charge, both inside and outside the sporting environment, then they must have a sound understanding of their role and potential impact.

In gymnastics a coach is required to complete professional development or updating to renew annual technical membership. As with all learning opportunities, it is important that the professional development or updating which is undertaken is at a suitable level for each coach.