What is a successful coach? Is it someone who wins at every contest? In a way, successful coaching is about winning, however   research defines a successful coach as someone who has the ability to develop people through improving their performance. (The National Coaching Foundation, 2005). In order to be successful as a coach certain skills are required. Previous research has shown that these skills have been learnt and developed over years of trial and error. (Martens, 2004).

Rodgers (2004) writes in her work the complexity involved in learning the skills required to become a successful coach. Rodgers states that ‘Coaching is a very practical skill and cannot be learnt from a book’.   Rodgers believes that in order to develop these skills, it must be done in practice, with developmental feedback given on ‘what to do’ and ‘how to do it’. (Rodgers, 2004)

The National Coaching Foundation (2005), believes that every coach is different and that they all bring something unique and different to sport. Its their different qualities and experiences which help them develop their different coaching styles. However, in spite of this there are certain qualities which underpin effective coaching.

The National Coaching Foundation (2005), go on to discuss the relevant skills they believe essential within coaching.   The first skill they discuss is communication.
They believe that coaching is not just about developing skills and improving the athletes performance, it is infact about establishing relationships. They believe that ‘the skills of good communication are a central component of coaching’. (The National Coaching Foundation, 2005).
They write about communication being a ‘two way process’. Where listening is just as is important as talking. They state the vitality of this when establishing players aims and goals.

Another skill The National Coaching Foundation deem to be a valuable skill to have, is the ability to plan and organise. They believe that effective...