It is vital coaches take a genuine interest in their participants. Having good people skills is an intrinsic part of being an effective coach and that means acquiring a deep insight into people’s lives inside and outside of sport. Ultimately, the more you understand and connect with your participants, by observing, noticing and communicating, the more you will be able to support them and help them flourish.
Read UK Coaching's Blog ' Why a person-centred philosophy is key to helping participants strive and thrive'.
The article explores that coaches operating at every level, from playground to podium, must make a concerted effort to understand and connect with their participants, putting the person at the heart of coaching.
This is linked with the British Canoeing Educational Philosophy. British Canoeing believe in a participant led approach when creating and enabling experience from which people will enjoy, learn and develop through paddlesport, with the paddler at the heart of the process.