How getting to know your players can improve motivation
With insight from The FA's Chris Lowe and Pete Sturgess, we examine how to build positive relationships that motivate your players.
Connecting before coaching
The moment players arrive is so important. It’s a chance to build relationships and settle them into your environment. How you handle this time can set the tone for the session. So, greet everyone with a smile and make them feel welcome.
Arrival activities are great to use, too. They get players active and help you connect before the session begins. As you explain the game, ask how your team are and find out what’s important to them. Remembering the names of their pets and who they support may sound like little things. But it shows them you care.
Understand everyone’s needs
If players return for your next session – or season – that’s a success. It indicates you’ve motivated them, and they’ve enjoyed and engaged with your coaching.
To achieve this, it’s important to connect with your team. Find out what they need and how they like to work. Then, use this information to inform your interactions. For instance, you may discover some players prefer a demonstration of an activity before trying it. Or you could find out how and when they like to be challenged. This type of knowledge will help you think about how you can structure your sessions and apply the STEP framework more effectively.
Remember, it isn’t easy to cater for everyone in every session. But, as long as you’re planning ahead, you can balance your team’s needs and wants over a longer period.