Why do the majority of parents take their children to private academic tutoring when they feel their child is under achieving but do not have the same attitude towards their child under performing in sports?
This a bug bare of mine, especially when their child is obsessed with sports. We all know that to accelerate learning we add 1 on 1 tutoring so that the tutor has nothing else in mind other than developing that student they are working with for that session. When placed in a peer group of 25-30 children the teacher is limited of time to interact with each child alone, at times the lesson can mostly be taken up with management of behaviour or working with those falling behind others. Similarly, team/ academy training is based on reactional coaching which is fixing problems from previous games/matches or following a syllabus. So what about your child what are they really getting out of that 60 minute class or 90 minute training session. Are they being productive? Are they being pushed to their limits? What if these sessions over the next term do not relate or will not have any effect on a small portion of the team, do they develop? Being in these environments throughout my coaching career I found that most of the sessions are spent controlling the tempo of the session and encouraging better decisions to be made using quick individual feedback. We do not have a day with our players or students, therefore is a short personal intervention of 20 seconds effective? Especially whilst there are various distraction, whether it is an intervention whilst footballs are zipping around or in a noisy classroom with distractions left, right and centre.
If I compare player and parent feedback from my academy experience against our one to one clients it is obvious that investing in your child to have private coaching guarantees accelerate learning which results in better performances. Not only is the feedback more apparent in respects to progression in ability but from a social and psychological perspective our clients are encouraged to become better humans and be a valuable member to society. Frequent feedback consists of “she’s so focused”, “he’s so much more confident”, “his approach is more mature” and “she’s trying those things you spoke about”. Having started Victorious Performance Training 18 months ago I have found this so much more rewarding as relationships with the families involved come with no restriction or complications just honesty and professionalism, to have recently heard “we are so grateful to have found you” really does touch our hearts and drives us to continue to serve those who want the best for their children.
I can’t speak for all coaches but we coach to give back to ambitious young people and also to provide the opportunities that we would have liked to have experienced, having received this type of service of working on improving my weaknesses and learning to utilise my strengths as well as analysing performances who knows where we would be.
I am well aware that Tennis and Golf is a single player sport however if this became a team sport would they be coached in mass groups week in, week out? When the likes of Messi, Ronaldo, Kane, Hazard and De Bruyne take a game by the scruff of the neck does it not then become a single player sport? If we keep asking our children to do the same things in training or in the classroom then they will lack individuality and will become stuck in an industrial mind-set.
I hope that this has been a useful insight into private coaching and into our own ethos. If you have any questions or comments on this then please do not hesitate to contact us. Also, if you have any subjects that you would like to be discussed in our next blog then please do put your thoughts forward.