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A Guide for Those Coaching or Thinking of Coaching Their Own Children

Gordon MacLelland of Working with Parents in Sport (WWPIS) shares his thoughts and reflections on the challenging role of wearing two hats

A large number of parents become their child’s sports coach at some point in time, some through choice and some who simply ‘fall’ into the role.

We champion the sports parent coach, and rightly so, as without their hard work and enthusiasm many sports teams, clubs, programmes and pathways would not exist.

Coaching provides a wonderful opportunity for parent and child to bond further; a chance for the parent to be actively involved in their child’s life and, most importantly, a chance to create great memories together that you can share for the years to come.

However, in making the decision to coach your own children there are a number of things that need to be considered.

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