The Power of the Coach Athlete Relationship

“Unless people are willing to listen to you, unless you’re prepared to listen to them and understand them as people, the best coaching book in the world isn’t going to help you. It all comes down to how well they really want to do for you. It all comes back to the relationships that you have with your players and the trust that exists between you. That’s just life.” (Graham Taylor)

coach.pngFollowing a study completed by the Olympic Association with elite coaches after Beijing in 2008 the ‘importance of the coach athlete relationship’ as a factor influencng success featured in the top 5 responses. Relationships form a central part of one’s life. The saying ‘No man is an Island’ could not be closer to the truth when it comes to sports coaching. Effective relationships between a coach and their athlete or team is often pivotal to success.


You don’t have to look very far and understand that the success of Leicester City Football Club winning the Premier League was built on this relationship as was the demise of Chelsea FC. If your athletes play for you, trust and respect you as a coach, more than half of the battle has been won.

If you would like to further your understanding of the Coach-Athlete Relationship why not come to our Coaching Conversation on Monday 13th June at Bucks New University which will explore this fascinating topic. For more details and how to book click here.

Written by Sion Kitson, Leap Workforce Development Manager, Wales International Futsal Player and National League Futsal Coach