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Top Planning Tips from sports coach UK

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We are sure you’ve heard the saying ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’, but how does planning help to ensure coaches give every athlete the best chance of using their training to succeed in competition?

In simple terms, planning involves considering all aspects of performance, such as improvement (whether it be physical, technical, tactical, mental or related to lifestyle factors) and developing a programme that takes performers and teams from where they are now to where they want to be.

When you are in the planning process, there are a number of components you should consider:

  • Knowing where your athletes are now

  • Knowing where your athletes want/need to be

  • Knowing the timescale that will be necessary to move from where your athletes are now to where they want and need to be. This could be as long as four years (the Olympic/Paralympic cycle), or it could be a year, two or three months, a week or even just a single session
  • Understanding your knowledge base as a coach and knowing what needs to be done to take the athletes to where they want to be in a set period of time. This means knowing your sport, your own athletes or team and the opposition very well, and also understanding the process of growth, development and maturation if you are coaching young performers
  • Knowing how to prepare the plans – having accurate and relevant information on which to base your training programmes
  • Monitoring and evaluating the plans – making sure the plans stay relevant to the athlete/team.


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