Thoughts, feelings and behaviours are inextricably linked. How coaches think and feel determines behaviour and thus the consistency and quality of coaching. Thoughts influence feelings towards and about others, including fellow coaches, players and staff. Thoughts influence others, such as those who seek inspiration, support and guidance. Controlling thoughts and feelings therefore has a powerful impact on the ability to coach for performance. Arguably, all coaches have experienced anger and frustration at their inability to influence others. Self-aware coaches however are able to recognise how such negative feelings create a barrier to objective feedback. Peak coach performance is achieved by remaining calm, relaxed and composed. Understanding how to achieve this is of paramount importance and a goal of rapport coaching.
Football coaches hold in their hands the future of the beautiful game. Developing coaches is critical to its development. Great coaches build great players who in turn, form outstanding teams. Success is based on results and so understandably, conventional practice focuses on the football. For a player to truly reach their full potential, coaches need to go deeper and develop well-rounded, mature individuals. Rapport Coaching looks to equip coaches with exceptional skills for man management. Through supportive coaching, the football coaches develop advanced communication skills, including rapport building. When rapport is missing, communication suffers. It becomes impossible to gain agreement. Rapport is about understanding the way another person is seeing the world. There does not need to be agreement but at least an understanding of that viewpoint.