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Developing employability through sport and physical activity
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3 United we stand – harnessing the power of collaboration

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Figure 5 A rugby scrum

Collaboration, or teamwork, in sports is a fundamental aspect that plays a crucial role in the success of any team. It refers to the collaborative efforts and coordination between individual team members towards achieving a common goal. Extensive research consistently demonstrates a strong positive correlation between team cohesion and performance outcomes (Forrester, 2019), and this can relate to both sport and business. Collaboration plays a similarly important role in coaching by guiding and developing athletes to improve their skills, tactics, and overall performance. Effective teamwork among coaches, athletes, and support staff is essential for creating a cohesive and productive environment.

Activity 3 Your favourite team

Timing: Allow approximately 15 minutes

Watch this video which explores the power of teamwork, not only in a sporting setting but within wider groups. As you listen, think about a particularly strong team that resonates with you. This might be your favourite professional sports team or even a team you are involved in yourself. Ask yourself the following questions and record your answers in the text box below:

  • What makes this team so special?
  • In what ways do they display their cohesiveness?
  • How does their strong collaboration impact their success?
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Here you might have considered a number of factors:

  • Shared goals – driven by a common purpose and shared goals. Each team member understands their role and how it contributes to the overall objective.
  • Synergy – team members can combine their individual skills, knowledge, and experience, resulting in synergy. When team members pool their strengths effectively, they can accomplish more than they would individually.
  • Effective communication – clear and open communication facilitates the sharing of ideas, strategies, and feedback.
  • Trust and respect – collaborative teams foster an environment of trust and respect. Team members trust and rely on one another’s abilities, judgements, and contributions.
  • Supportive environment – individuals can provide constructive feedback, help overcome setbacks, and celebrate successes together. This supportive atmosphere enhances team cohesion and boosts morale.

Teamwork is widely recognised as one of the most important employability skills across various industries and professions (Tsitskaria et al., 2017). It enhances collaboration, problem-solving, communication, adaptability, trust, and productivity. Employers value individuals who can effectively work in teams, contributing to the overall success of the organisation. By playing a role within a sports team, you will be developing these skills each time you train and compete.