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Sports leadership. In this unit of work I am going to look at what a sports leader is and what they do.

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Sports Leadership In this unit of work I am going to look at what a sports leader is and what they do. What is a sports leader and what do they need to do? A sports leader communicates, organises and motivates a group of people and promotes participation for the involvement within sport. A leader needs to set examples for others to follow, young children look up to leaders and follow their ways so good examples being set are always important. All sessions need to be organised this way the leader can keep on top of the session and new skills and be learnt so both improvement and enjoyment can be achieved to the maximum. Leaders help with development and involvement within sporting activities they have to have good social skills understand the level that participants are at and how they can improve and have good motivation so the participant wants to participate and improve to harder skills. How is a sports leader different from a coach? A sports coach is different from a leader as they work with performers and help to teach the harder skills. Whereas leaders work more towards getting participants involved within sport and making sure they have a good time and want to continue with the sport. One of the characteristics of an effective sports leader is empathy. Empathy is showing an understanding of how the other person feels when participating in sport. Young children need encouragement and praise when trying new skills so putting yourself in their shoes helps you as a leader to understand how the participant is feeling. ...read more.

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As all players are at different levels of ability and levels of learning, the leader needs to adapt their teaching style and methods to suit the performer. An example of being a good educator is being able to teach a group of players and different abilities and being able to deliver a session that can reach everyone's needs. A bad example would be a sports leader that concentrated on specific players and ignoring the ones that are less able. Less able players will need more attention that the ones that can do the skills, if they don't have the attention they need then player will not want to participate in sport. An effective sports leader needs to have a good knowledge on a range of sports. Having a good knowledge of the sport you are leading is vital to become a good sports leader. It is essential that you understand tactical and technical aspects of the sport you are leading. You must have a good understanding of its laws and rules. An advantage of having a good knowledge on a range of sports is that if a leader was put on the spot and asked to run a session then he/she will be able to fill in. Different sports can be mixed into sessions to make them more interesting. A sports leader will need to understand health and safety responsibilities. Health and safety is an essential element in sporting environments. Sport leaders need to be able to minimise risks before and during the session, with the performer's welfare as their priority. ...read more.

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All of her participants enjoy the sessions she runs because they have realistic challenges that they are able to reach. Miss Howden and Sue are also good at setting realistic goals for their participants. Connie is reliable and committed to the sports sessions she leads, as she wants to do the best she possible can, as she wants to become a sports leader and learn from her experience. Sue and Miss Howden are also reliable and committed especially to the teams that they run they will always go out of their way to help the team members so they feel happy and are enjoying their time playing sport. Connie is a good role model always wearing correct kit, turning up on time, having the correct attitude and motivated to start her sessions This is important in being a sports leader as participants learn from their peers, Miss Howden and Sue have learnt this through their time of leading sports sessions therefore have had good practise at doing this and know what participants are likely to pick up. Connie is always positive towards her participants giving them praise when they carry out tasks correctly and to a good standard. Even when participants aren't doing as well she gives them positive feedback to help them to continue the sessions and get them to the goals they want to. Miss Howden and Sue are also aware and good at giving positive feedback to participants. They both know this is important as this can affect a participants self-esteem and can effect their ability to achieve higher goals. ?? ?? ?? ?? Unit 12 - Sports Leadership Abbie O'Brien ...read more.

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