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Coaches work in a vast number of different sectors. Where there is a skill to develop, there is often a coach to assist in that development, helping individuals reach an improved level of knowledge and ability. The approach and techniques involved in coaching can be applied to a number of different areas, including sport, employment and personal development
Coaching traditionally referred to the training of athletes and sports people but has now expanded to include business, performance, job and life coaches, to name just a few. While the area of work can vary, the essential qualities needed for the job remain the same. Candidates must be powerful and engaging communicators with excellent motivational and problem-solving abilities. They must also be patient and dedicated trainers and take pleasure in seeing people progress
Pay and opportunities vary according to the type of coaching work undertaken. Sports coaches receive average salaries of between £19,000 and £30,000, depending on the sport being coached, while the fast-growing areas of career, business and life coaching offer salaries from £20,000 to £25,000, with life coaching being the more lucrative.

Description

Coaching is a very popular occupation. Some persons are professional coaches while others do it for fun or just volunteer their time to help others. A Coach helps athletes and competitors to develop their knowledge and skills to play a specific sport like basketball, rugby, football or athletics. They assess an athlete’s performance and skill level to see what areas they need to work on or develop.
Coaches also prepare training programmes. They include aspects of nutrition and weight training as well, for the whole body development of the athlete. Many Coaches work in educational institutions like schools, colleges and universities. Some are professional Coaches and work for professional teams.
A Coach usually performs many of the following tasks:
• Developing training programs
• Maintaining records
• Attending competitions
• Giving feedback on performance
• Assisting in sports promotion/development
• Evaluating performance
• Doing administrative tasks

Skills

• Motivating
• Professionalism
• Being focused and amicable
• Time management
• People management
• Planning and prioritizing
• Nutrition
• Communication and listening
• Presentation
• Being enthusiastic and trustworthy

Education

People who are interested in coaching sports need to study the technical aspects of a game and how to prepare athletes. To begin your studies in this career you may have a BTEC, GCSE, A levels or HNC/HND. With these qualifications you can go on to study for your Bachelors or Masters Degree equipping yourself with the knowledge and skills to coach professionally. Specializations may include:
•    Coaching
•    Sports Science
•    Sports Studies
•    Movement Studies
•    Physical Education
•    Sports Management
•    Physiology
•    Psychology
Some employers will require background or security checks, especially in the case of working with children. Also you may need a National Governing Bodies (NGB) qualification, this is a NVQ Level 1-4 in your sport of choice.

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