Whether you realise it or not, you have most likely played the role of ‘mentor’ to another coach, or a player, on a one-off situation or over a longer period of time.

It might be a formal arrangement, or it might be an organic process as you support someone within your club or organisation.

However, when you are in that position, aiding the development of fellow coaches, what should you be doing to make the most of the relationship and provide an effective learning opportunity?

In our new Mentoring Soccer Coaches Diploma course, we explore the role and importance of the coach mentor, led by our coach development mentor Sarah McQuade, alongside Ian Barker and Vince Ganzberg from diploma partners United Soccer Coaches.

Through live webinar sessions and online learning, across three blocks, the diploma course will help coaches understand the key skills of a mentor looking deeply at how to build mentoring relationships and use the mentoring cycle.

You will learn about coach profiling, where you as a mentor can work with coaches to establish what they already know, can do and, critically, how effective they are.

This will then give you the skills to draw up professional development plans, and understand how to provide supported practice for coaches in the field to help them to maximise their learning.

Click here to see the full Diploma Course schedule and to register your interest.

But what are the keys things an effective mentor needs to do?

First and foremost, it’s important to understand the coach’s hopes and dreams – what are their goals and what are their drivers?

Establishing what they know, can do already or have tried before is also valuable in enabling mentors to work with coaches to create specific objectives to help them to reach their goals.

Then mentors should help determine how the coach will achieve their aims and identify the additional knowledge, resources and support they might need on their journey.

Should they begin stray for their path, effective mentors will also help coaches remain on course to achieve what they initially set out to do.

Understanding how to do this and be an effective and supportive mentor is covered in great depth in the Mentoring Soccer Coaches Diploma, which launches in June.

It will provide coaches with a valuable CPD opportunity that will ultimately create a better environment for players to develop and achieve success.

It will run on a limited cohort basis over an eight-week period, comprising live and recorded webinars, online learning, forums, discussions and course assessment and Diploma certification.

So, if your work involves supporting other coaches through their development and you would like to learn how to do this more effectively, become one of the first intake on our inaugural Mentoring Soccer Coaches Diploma.

Click the link, add the course to the basket and secure your place in this exclusive cohort.

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What makes an effective a coach mentor?
In our new Mentoring Soccer Coaches Diploma course, we explore the role and importance of the coach mentor, led by our coach development mentor Sarah McQuade, alongside Ian Barker and Vince Ganzberg from diploma partners United Soccer Coaches.
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