Inaugural Sports Coaches' Forum
In early February e recently hosted the inaugural Sports Coaches Forum at the Sennocke Sports Centre, Sevenoaks School. We welcomed over 25 coaches from a variety of individual and team sports including Sevenoaks Swim Club, Mark Janes Golf Academy, Sevenoaks School PE/Sports Department and Surrey County Cricket Club among many more.
The purpose of the dynamic event was to bring like-minded coaches together under one, neutral, roof to share, listen and learn. The proceedings were kicked off by an enlightening talk from Len Busch, Head Coach of the Sevenoaks Suns and also the SE Region Performance Coach Coordinator and Head Coach. Len has been involved in basketball for many years and his WBBL Women’s Team are currently at the top of their National League, having played 12 won 12 so far this season, he’s clearly doing something right. A focused coach, Len who decided to quit golf because he only got down to a handicap of 4, is clearly passionate about sport and those who play it. It was particularly fascinating to hear Len’s thirst for knowledge and keenness to learn from coaches of other sports.
The open floor forum, facilitated by Garrath Williams, the Sports Performance & Programme Manager at Sevenoaks School, sparked some lively conversation and demonstrated the power of collaboration and sharing lessons learnt. Here are a few of the comments received;
“It was good hear opinions and different ways that other sport coaches handle certain situations” – Zachary, Head of Junior Development at the Mark Janes Golf Academy
“It has been some time since I coached children but I found a lot of the issues and questions raised have a crossover into coaching adults too” – Paula, Director VO2 Maximum Ltd.
We hope to build on the success of the event and will look to bring the group, and hopefully more coaches, back together in May.
As well as thanking those who attended, we’d like to thank Allenby Coaches, Creative Production and Sevenoaks Sports Magazine for supporting the event; without their support the event would not have happened.
Our next Coaches' Forum will take place on 16 May. Please register below if you are interested in attending.