Finding the right coaches for your sports club is a hard enough endeavour, as anyone who has had to deal with retention issues will full well know. But the right coach is essential; they are there, after all, to encourage your players and the parents, and they are supposed to work closely with everyone to inspire them to reach their best potential. But once you find the proper coaches for your club, your next responsibility is to ensure they are happy and satisfied with their job and responsibilities, and this includes making sure they bond well with the team. So how can you effectively encourage – and retain – your sports club’s coaches? Here’s your guide.
- Support them
It may already go without saying that you have to support your coaches, but while standard support is critical, you have to support them in other ways as well. Throughout your playing season, your coaches may experience a host of issues, either with a parent or player or another member of the staff or another coach. It is therefore important that you show your coach that you have their back and encourage them to work through whatever issues they may have so they can stay with your club. If the coach knows that the club believes their standards and philosophies, this will encourage them to stay and work it out.
- Encourage bonding between coaches
Another way through which you can retain your coaches is to encourage bonding between coaches. As we all know, training and teaching athletes can take a toll, so you need to help your coaches find the support they need among each other. You can create a proper environment where your coaches can easily socialise and vent, exchange best practices and ideas, and share their successes as well as struggles in the coaching field. It’s important to develop a ‘peer group’ environment which encourages deeper connections between coaches so they can feel that they are part of one big community.
- Provide the proper and relevant training
Coaches are an investment for any sports club, and you can definitely invest in them to inspire them to remain. For instance, you can send your coaches to various training programmes and seminars, and this will also help keep them informed about new rules and developments in your sport. This can also help them provide better instruction to the players and provide them with the experience and skills they need so they can add to their resumes. With all these activities, you can build and establish loyalty to the sports club. Along with this, give your coaches the necessary tools to make their job easier, such as sports club management software from providers like Coacha, which will enable them to track attendance, keep member records with ease, and send updates to other team members from a single program.
- Offer the right feedback
Last, but certainly not least, let them know about their positive contributions; this helps them feel appreciated and it will make them aware that you notice their efforts. If there are any concerns, bring these up right away as well – this gives you the opportunity to discuss a prospective issue before it becomes bigger and harder to resolve.