Mentoring is vitally important. We experience it at the club level, where you’ve got young players coming in who may be the next big thing, but they never realise their potential.
It goes back to what guidance they are getting from players who have been there, done that, made mistakes, been successful, and so on. It’s invaluable for young players who are coming through to pick the brains of the senior players. The hardest thing for young players is to perform with consistency because they lack experience in various scenarios. When the wheels start falling off, who do they turn to? The coach?
Sometimes it’s easy to be able to turn to senior players who have been there and done it. Those players would say, “Look, just knuckle down. Keep working hard. Your touch is poor at the moment but keep working on it.”
Turning to senior players is invaluable in the mentoring process.
- an extract from Secrets of Winning Coaches Revealed