Another useful lesson

Just leaving the Belfry after a couple of days with the England Coaches Consortium. Sounds like something, doesn’t it? In fact, it is a pretty special thing. It is the National and Regional Coaches of the EGU and EWGA coming together for sharing and learning, both among and from each other and with the help of others. In a way this is ground breaking in golf as the normal tradition of coaches or golf professionals is more of the opposite. Usually, what you had learned and the knowledge you had built up you wanted to keep to yourself. By doing that coaches were probably hoping to have something that the next door neighbour did not have which would thereby give them a business advantage. After all, a certain part coaching is about business, building your brand and competing with everybody else out there. The only problem is that if we want to lift English Golf to the next level and improve our coaching, that mentality is not going to help.

It was incredibly refreshing to see the exchange of ideas, knowledge and information that took place during the two days. Of course if you get a group of expert coaches like these in a room, the amount of knowledge therein will be quite impressive. As Dr Paul Schempp has shown, experts learn most from talking to other experts and once we have done a few more sessions of this, there will be no stopping English Golf. Besides the sharing it is always a good thing to inject something from the outside, to stimulate discussion if nothing else. Malcolm Wood from hockey pretty much made us all realise what a bunch of amateurs we are when it comes to preparation and planning. He also made me think of an article that I read just recently about multitasking. Check it out and perhaps you, like me, will think twice about picking your Blackberry up in all sorts of circumstances next time!

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