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Developing as a coach to foster European talent
Date: 7/5/2021 3:53 PM
Published by : Sara Gonzalez Martinez (BEC)
It’s the second day of the RSL BEC Summer School and many participants have already gained new perspectives and inspirational ideas.

We are two days into the RSL BEC Summer School and yet all the BWF/BEC Level 2 Coach Education course participants have already experienced so much through the sessions. There is a lot to learn, and they have been quite busy from the start.

The 20 participants are in good hands, as they are being guided by three trainers — Maja Kersnik from Slovenia, Alexander Böök from Sweden, and Evandros Votsis from Cyprus. After just a couple of days of the course, Votsis has some good words to say about the players’ motivation.

-I am very happy with the participants and their involvement. It’s going to be a great experience for sure.

Gaining new perspectives
There are some words that repeated themselves in the participants’ remarks. If there is something valuable that they have taken from the beginning of the course, it is new perspectives. Jan Henrik Gleis, a participant from Germany, has found other people’s viewpoints deeply insightful.

-There are so many new perspectives from the other coaches that I’m getting these first days because they are from other countries and other mindsets. There are new things I have already learnt in just two days. I am really looking forward to the rest of the week.

The international environment of the course is an asset that adds to the wealth of the knowledge and experience to be gained during the week. Gleis understands the value of this and is already looking forward to applying these new diverse ideas into his work as a coach.

-I think it is important for me to develop my athletes, therefore I need to develop myself. I hope I get a new perspective on my work through that of the other coaches, explained Gleis.

The combination of theoretical and practical sessions, plus the interactive nature of the course feeds into the acquisition of new knowledge. Marijn Put, from Belgium, is delighted with the first two days of the course and is aiming at attaining further insight in the days to come.

-We have had some great lessons and practices, and also some good interaction with the other coaches. I have learnt a lot in these two days, and I hope to learn a lot in the next ones.
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