Coaches are for a big part responsible of the dual career progression of their athletes. It is therefore of great value that they have insight in their schedules and are able to see their players in a holistic view. Coaches are the one who could ring the bell when they have the idea that someone is not handling their dual career well. To give an overview of possible activities we created a list you can discuss with the coaches involved.
Coaches are the persons within the clubs who are most directly involved with the dual career of their athletes. As the programme gets incorporated, their responsibility increases and they have to be more aware of the life of their players outside the sport.
What do coaches need to know?
The club’s dual career vision / philosophy.
That they have to be more aware of the dual career situation of the players.
That sporting development will never be at the expense of a healthy development and personal well-being.
How do you involve coaches?
Plan meeting with coaches to see where they struggle and let them learn from each other.
Let them actively talk about these matters in team settings or one-on-one with you or the experts surround you.
You organise a workshop for them (see implementation).
Be visible and let them know when and how they can reach out for you.
Guidelines for coaches to participate:
You are aware of the dual career vision of the club and are willing to support it and participate in the activities.
You have knowledge about the holistic dual career situations of you athlete and you actively ask you players how they are managing the combination of sports and education.
You are aware that the sporting development of the players is not more important than the health, well-being, or overall development of the player.
You stimulate the autonomy of the athletes by giving them a certain amount of responsibility.
You create rules and norms together with the athletes.
You are flexible about how you treat your athletes as long as they stick to the rules and norms that they, partly, made themselves.
You work together with other affiliated coaches to learn from each others knowledge and experience.
You effectively communicate with the other people who are involved with the dual career program within the club.
You effectively communicate with the parents and entourage of athletes about the dual career situations.