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Thriving Environments: Critical Ideas to Shape Your Thinking

The final part in a series on thriving environments, this guide dives deeper into six key ideas to encourage you to think critically about how you can foster a thriving environment for development

Central to creating an environment where participant development can take place is a coach’s understanding of the whole development journey and how to support participant experience to achieve the desired development.

Use the following six ideas to think critically about how you can foster a thriving environment for development.

The first three ideas encourage you to think about how your current environment is positioned in relation to your participant's broader and longer-term development journey.

The second three will help you think about the relationship and interaction a participant has with the development environment.

Development journey

‘Development journey’ is the overview term used to describe the important factors that influence a participant’s progression and growth.

Through a holistic approach, coaches aim to systematically develop a broad range of qualities to support the individual as they navigate through and potentially progress into the high-performance environment, providing the participant with the skills, knowledge, and behaviours to meet the demands of practice and competition.

While specific qualities will be required for a sport including the technical, tactical, and perceptual skills, the journey must also incorporate personal, social, psychological, physical development.

The development journey enhances the experience for the person, participant, and performer.

Your role is to consider all these holistic needs for the individual within the context of their setting, and ensure that your coaching practice, environment, and interpersonal relationships complement the development journey.

Significant to this approach is your awareness of the ‘human’ element of development and having a sound understanding of the ‘how to coach’ and ‘why’ to programme design. This approach and insight can help you to navigate the complex nature of development journeys.

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