Parents are often asked to step up into the role of coach; it’s a big step from watching on the side-lines to being responsible for the wellbeing of not only your child but also the rest of the team.
In creating this new book, CEO Gordon MacLelland has tapped into the world of the parent/coach viewing it from not only his experience but of that of some of the UK’s top sports personalities and other coaches involved at grassroots level.
Featuring interviews from 23 of the UK’s leading sports figures including Michael Vaughan, Stuart Lancaster, Liz McColgan and David Leadbetter.
“It is a great privilege to be part of this project alongside so many leading figures from across the sporting world covering such a wide range of sports. It is certainly enlightening seeing so many similarities across sports in terms of coaching your own child as well as some of the uniqueness that each sporting environment can provide.” Harry Redknapp
Author Gordon MacLelland says, “I am delighted to bring this unique product to the sporting world, inspired by personal experience and what I have heard and observed from so many parent coaches.
These parents are the bedrock of many sporting communities and I wanted to play my part in helping to support them on their coaching journey.
The feedback to the project has been astounding and I am humbled by the time and encouragement given by so many leading sports stars, across such a wide range of sports.”
Taryn Johnston, Executive Director of FCM Publishing says: “Having been a parent coach myself, I know first-hand the ways in which you can be pulled both emotionally and with your time. I wish that there had been a book like this when I set out as it explains, simply and easily the things to consider, before accepting the coach position.”
This book was created to provide a resource for anyone who may be considering coaching. With sport now back on our TV and schools returning this September, there will be a push to get children back involved in sporting activities, along with this, the vacancies of coach slot, which will inevitably, need to be filled.
“I think it’s really important for a parent to explain their plans to their children so that they understand where it is going and what the end goal is.” Liz McColgan
In Two Hats we look at mindset, psychology and family challenges – ensuring that home life doesn’t suffer when becoming a coach. It also offers tips on how to engaging other parents, keeping your head under pressure and gives amazing insights from professionals on the parts they enjoyed the most, and crucially, the things they’d do differently.