Is it essential to have a coaching mentor within your own sport?


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This week we want to ask you about a part of coach development that we are all encouraged to be involved with and that is mentoring.  Whether you are a mentor yourself or you have a mentor, we want to know your thoughts and experiences.

Those of us that have mentors formally or informally know the benefits of having one, whether its someone to bounce ideas off or to sit down and have a formal meeting with and go through your coaching in detail.  But we want to know specifically; can you only have a coaching mentor from within your sport?

Can you learn from coaches outside of your sport?
Is your mentor from your sport or a different sport?
What are the benefits from having a mentor outside of your sport?


Answers from twitter & FCN forum

Ute Scholl – Another very interesting topic.
I regularly work do CPD with coaches from other sports as it gives me new ideas gets me thinking in different ways. The last session I did was with a Judo coach in Munich. Gave me ideas about other things for a warm up and what could be done different during the technical session.  My mentor is from fencing. I am lucky with him as he is just brilliant. I only wish I could spend more time with him.   Having a mentor outside the sport makes me concentrate more on general training principles and gives new ideas and approaches to sessions.

Erica Quam – There is a lot to learn from mentors – both in and out of your sport. Mentors within your sport can identify with you, support you, give you specific ideas on x’s & o’x. Broadening your base of your support can help you expand and offer you a different perspective.

Ashley Berge –  it’s not dependent on “the” or “a” Coach, but the person. So yes, absolutely!

Catherine Baker – like any industry, it’s important to have a mentor from outside. It helps you to think in a fresh, innovative way.

Carmen P –  New comers will always need mentors, believe me, I’ll be watching when the WC are here in !

Bianca Thomas – I absolutely believe this yes! A mentor is someone that understands how to keep you motivated. A Coach can’t always do that.

Coach Kiwi –  For sure. And it’s important to be open to ideas and practices from other codes too.

Jazz Hervin – IMO; Its best to not just have 1, but have a small group of mentors that specialise in different areas.  Every1 has different views, beliefs and opinions: Work with mentorS that share similar values to yourself.

Louisa Arnold – my Mentor is in a diff sport, I really value the variety. Still love tips from exp Netball coaches tho

Sarah Dwyer-Shick –  Choose wisely & mentors can come from anywhere. As each will bring their own strengths the more the merrier!

Coach Amy – Yes! No matter the sport

Maha El Nasser – I learn a lot about stability techniques from running coaches that I use to get skaters thinking about where the control starts

Kathy Butler – Definitely, the more the better!




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