Building a ‘World Class’ performer England Squash and Racketball
Outline • Formative structure • Pro or pretender? • The individual • Conclusion • Questions
Structure • Create culture to aspire, dare to be good! • Player pathway – engaging - build the dream • Squads, coaching programmes, guidelines • Benchmarks – skills, results, events • Competition programme • Environment - club, region, private coach: key relationships • All linked to the future - constant questions???
Transition • Fulltime player - pro or gap year? • Relationships developed over years - earmarked for the future? • Do WE share the same vision? • Where now? – support or not?
Individual - Priorities • Elite Environment – majority of work • Advice that IS the difference • 3p’s - perceptive, precise & progressive • What sets them aside - proficiency, desire, ethic • Ability to learn, develop from every experience • Self- sufficient – decision makers • Composure in the critical – best when required • Can we work together?
Individual – NGB Strategy • Facilitate daily environment - vital • Support in all SS areas • Coaching expertise: rock-solid foundations: Super Strengths • Funding & tournament support - nitty gritty!!! • Develop the traits - through reflection, honesty • Make it individualistic – squash multi faceted(NM / JW / PB / JD / LM)
Coaching the Individual • Everyone isdifferent, as people, as players • Significant others - key influences – strategy ! • Respectful relationship- essential- expert info then becomes valuable • Coaching moments off court - powerful • Thinking player - does your work for you • Comp is real benchmark – has everything • NC - big picture, private coach – what picture? • Remember - all want the same thing - hopefully?
Conclusion • Junior to senior – asking important questions • Set the scene (pro) - be realistic • The priorities are that…….a priority!!! • Concrete foundations with a…….. Super Strength • Link - physical to mental – best when required • Continual learning process: game, people evolve • Remember, you coach a person, an individual
“Champions aren’t made in the gym. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision” Muhammad Ali