The role of the coach is multidimensional, complex, and challenging. It is also one of the most rewarding aspects of being involved in sport. The coach facilitates the athletes to engage in sport, with peers, opponents, supporters, and to encourage themselves to improve. Coaches must take on numerous roles as they engage with athletes, family members, officials, and other stakeholders.
Roles can range from teacher to advisor, mentor to motivator - all of which are important roles supporting athletes.
Coaches have a responsibility to continually improve their knowledge, maintain best practice and keep up with developments and innovations in their sport to fully meet the needs of their athletes.
An important part of the Coach Development Framework is the Participant Development Pathway. The newly formalised pathway shows the non-linear progression available for coaches within the Special Olympics community through the Explore Phase, the Participate Phase, and the Develop Phase.
Read and download the resources for each stage to maintain your skills, accreditation, and deliver key coaching benefits to all athletes with intellectual disabilities.
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The coaching system
Progression pathway available for coaches
The philosophical approach to coaching
Extension and refinement of fundamental movement skills
Increased commitment to training, movement & skills
Commitment to sport specific training and competitions
Tailored online courses and resources
Standards of behaviour that reflect our values
Alignment to the common language and developmental framework
Child Protection Online Course
These further resources will help support you as you coach Special Olympics athletes.