6 Benefits to seeking a sports coaching experience in a foreign country
1. It takes you way out of your comfort zone. Most of the below benefits are actually ‘comfort zone’ related and this is good if you want to continue to challenge yourself. If you don’t, well heck what are you doing sports coaching if you don’t!
2. Having an interpreter repeat everything you say and all of your instructions is a great way to listen to yourself. Are you hearing what you want your athletes to hear?
3. If the group you’re coaching doesn’t speak your language then using other forms of communicating becomes very very important. How often do we rely solely on verbal communication and maybe even rattle off the same instructions in the same boring way?
4. Delivering a lesson plan is easy when you have all your own equipment in familiar surroundings with all the usual helpers and the same kids following the same routines. How adaptable is your thinking when one or all of these is not available to you? Are you still able to deliver a quality session in extreme weather in extreme conditions? How will you ever know what you are really capable of as a coach?
5. All coaches know the importance of preparation. Preparing your coaching session in a foreign country will involve whole new routines and so much more to consider. What better way to test (and then probably improve) your organisational skills than to have to juggle different languages, travel arrangements, cultures, climates, venues and attitudes?
6. It takes you way out of your comfort zone. Most of the above benefits are actually ‘comfort zone’ related and this is good if you want to continue to challenge yourself. If you don’t? Well heck what are you doing sports coaching if you don’t!