A Stuff.co.nz article last week put the spotlight on Wellington secondary schools struggling to get sports coaches among their teaching and parent groups.
The usual excuse is the modern refrain- busy lives. For the teachers, I get that. The parents, not so much. Not every parent can do it, but surely some can.
Coaching your kid’s team is one of the best ways to experience them growing up and be another important part of their lives.
I don’t really have a clue how my children behave in school, but I get to see them interacting with their peers at rugby and swimming training and it has been one of the most fulfilling parts of my adult life.
Not everyone has the confidence to step into a coaching role, but most sports have great support and if you are willing to learn then you can grow alongside those that you are charged with leading.
Assistant coach is a great place to start.
- Piers Fuller