Providing the platform for children to have an enjoyable club experience, is the ultimate goal for Coach Rosie atFlow Rider Cornwall. She achieves this through selfless commitment and dedication to her coaching strategy, resulting in her young members riding the waves with a beaming smile on their faces. Even at freezing temperatures when they’ve been surfing for over 2 hours, Rosie still maintains positive energy which translates to young club members faces!
UK Coaching are striving to reduce the gender imbalance of regular sporting participation within the UK (approximately two thirds of all sports coaches are men and only 17% of qualified coaches being women). This figure needs to change, now. As fewer women are playing sport, this translates to fewer women who translate to coaching in comparison to men. Rosie is the epitome of what “Reach”, a national brand of UK Coaching, are trying to encourage more of - raising the profile of women in coaching.
In terms of her approach as a coach, Rosie cleverly uses Surfing as a representation of everyday life and a way to teach the children how to deal with problematic scenarios. ‘They have to learn to deal with things that aren’t in their control, so that’s a really good skill for them to learn’ she explains in the video below. Dealing with the unexpected waves at Flow Rider can be translated into dealing with problems that may arise in the lives of young people.
The video perfectly underlines the mutual benefits of sports coaching for both the participant and coach. The chemistry Rosie has with her members is truly amazing. Although Surfing can be a highly skillful professional sport, Rosie has perfectly adapted it to become a platform for the kids to engage with each other and enjoy themselves. As outlined by members in the video, ‘The emphasis isn’t really on high-performance surfing, it’s all about engaging the kids and having fun’.Coaching - especially in Rosie’s case - has been proven to improve physical and mental well-being, and increase economic, individual and social development for both coach and participant.
Rosie’s offer as a coach is tremendous, check out the video below to learn more:
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