I decided to start this blog as a way to offer some sort of advice and information to parents of children that are involved in sport. Having taken part in and coached gymnastics for many years and studied Psychology and Sport Science at Uni, I now have children of my own that are involved in sport at different levels. The mental side of sport is an area that I feel is greatly over looked, especially in children’s sport, and I feel that this is a way for me to pass on what I’ve learnt over the years to help parents that maybe feel over whelmed and are not sure how to handle the different pressures that sport places on children.
During my coaching years and through watching the various coaching styles and approaches used with children, including my own, I have become aware of styles and approaches that bring out the best in them and those that have a negative effect. I have worked with children for over 20 years in various roles including as a nursery assistant, being a coach, a childminder, a mum and as a teaching assistant and learning support assistant in school. I feel that along the way I have come close to working out how to bring out the best in children and help them to realise their true capabilities.
I hope you enjoy my posts and find them useful