A Self-Reflective Evaluation of a Paired Coaching Performance into Improving Attacking 2 (attackers) v 1 (defender) Skills during A Football Session.
Myself and Sophie Harper where paired together to take a group for a session of 2 attackers versus 1 defender in football. This essay is going to include an analysis of the preparation for my coaching session, whilst also evaluating my coaching ability as a whole. It will identify areas of my coaching performance which I believe where sound, whilst also pinpointing weaknesses within my session and coaching techniques including ways in which I could improve my overall coaching ability.
I found that coaching as a pair allowed me to gather greater understanding of my session and how it was going to take place. Working with Sophie gave me greater confidence that our session would run smoothly, as I had 2 sets of eyes which would allow for us both to pick out different coaching points with more individuals. I also found that the group was more manageable because if I was coaching an individual Sophie would be watching and coaching the others in the group. This allowed more 1 to 1 coaching to take place, which benefited those who were struggling and needed help with the task set. “Peer coaching focuses on the collaborative development, refinement and sharing of professional knowledge and skills.” (Becker, 1996). The disadvantage to working with a partner is that coaching points may be interpreted in different ways by the group from each of the coaches. I could describe and emphasise more on a key area than Sophie would which could cause confusion with the participants.