If you are a parent who has some background knowledge and experience in sport, you may already have a good understanding of the type of sporting environment in which your child will flourish. If, however, you feel you need more information on the key aspects of effective coaching, then help is at hand.
There are a variety of things to think about when looking for good coaching sessions for your children, including:
For more information on these area, read A Parent's Guide on Coaching. This provides you with lots of background information to help you identify a quality club and quality coaching for your children. It includes checklists and ideas of questions you could ask to find out more about the club and the coaches that will be working with you child.
Coaching varies - between sport, age and stage of development of participants and what participants want from sport - whether it is having fun, socialising, getting fit or competing. So there is no 'one-size fits all' approach, but there are key elements to effective coaching sessions for all participants. See what to look for from a good coach.
If you are interested in actively supporting your child in their coached sessions there are many ways you can help. There are many jobs that need doing and clubs and coaches will always welcome willing volunteers looking to getting involved with the club or with coaching sessions. This does necessarily mean you havve to become a qualified coach - there are plenty of opportunities for helps and assistant to support coaches (e.g. setting equipment out, holding tackle bags, providing encouragement and much more). For more ideas on how you can get involve read sports coach UK's How to Support your Child's Coaching Experience guide.