In this episode Jacqui Agyepong and Gordon MacLelland discuss Jacqui’s athletic career, her coaching journey and her experiences of coaching her own daughter.
During the conversation they discuss amongst other things:
- The importance of role models including older siblings
- Treating every child as an individual
- Evolving as a coach, learning on the go and recognising that coaching goes way beyond just the athletic performance
- Separating the hat of parent and coach
- Giving ownership of the sporting journey to your child and allowing them to make their choices
- The pride at watching our children develop as an athlete and a person
- The challenges of continually motivating our own children within a group
- Recognising when to give our children space and the importance of managing confrontation effectively
- Avoiding the school sports day
- Working with our children to develop the mental side as well as the physical side of sport
- Focussing on the processes and continual self improvement
You can hear more from Jacqui in our book ‘Two Hats’ featuring advice, support and encouragement for all parent coaches including 23 interviews across 14 sports from leading figures in the sporting world.
“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