All coaches should be offered support in the form of mentoring as they progress through the coach pathway.
Scottish Hockey has a consultant working with a targeted group of coaches (National, Performance Squad and Club) to mentor and enrich their performance through organisation, planning, delivery, creating intensity and using Q+A.
The role of a mentor will change depending on the individual coach being supported. The coach might wish the mentor to talk through a current problem and guide them to answer the issue him /herself or if the mentor is qualified and experienced enough provide some technical input after a session.
Coach mentoring predominantly occurs informally, with new coaches coming from UKCC Level 1 qualifications and working towards UKCC Level 2, or UKCC Level 2 attendees working to finish their qualification. Club coaches and Development Officers are often asked to support new or developing coaches to improve aspects of the individual coach's action plan after their assessment.
If you are interested in more information about coach mentoring, please check out these options:
- SCUK Mentor course is a 3 hour workshop and will give you guidance on the process to follow when mentoring a coach.
- District Forums are organised at various times of the year and often involve aspects of mentoring.
Please get in touch directly with Colleen Reid, Coach Education Development Manager for further information.