10 Bringing things together
Congratulations and well done for reaching this point. You will by now have formed your own thoughts about this course and how it has possibly influenced your role as a coach developer. However, the following four questions are stated explicitly as a means of comparing what you think you have learned to what the course intended you to learn. The four questions are:
- Do you better appreciate the skills, knowledge and personal qualities that you have which inform your ability to support learning and development as a coach developer in whatever role or roles you fulfil?
- Has the course made you think about some of the implicit ideas, beliefs and values that influence your behaviour and actions as a coach developer (i.e. aspects that you may not have thought about before)?
- Did the course make you reflect on what you believe good and effective coach learning and development practice means and why you believe it is good practice?
- Is there anything you might change, adapt, adjust or experiment with in your coach developer role?
These questions represent the intentions behind the content and activities you have followed. Above all though, if you are a bit more confident and better able to support the coaches you work with, and if they in turn provide a better experience to the participants and performers they coach, then the aim of this course will have been achieved.
One final thought …
Coach learning and development is changing in the UK. The Coaching Plan for England and the new approach to learning being adopted by UK Coaching (Transforming Learning, Transforming Lives) signify a shift towards a more person-centred focus. Coaches will be encouraged to take more responsibility for their learning and share, collaborate and connect with others to help them reflect and become more confident in their practice. How will this influence and change the role of coach developers? Perhaps it will mean that coach developers will have to become increasingly flexible and agile enough to more effectively support coaches with different needs in different contexts through different roles. Being attuned to the needs of each individual coach will be critical – as you reflect back on this course you might appreciate how this has been an integral aspect to what you should have learned.