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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

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