Aside from their parents, coaches are the most influential adults in the life of young athletes.
Developing life skills is a way to resolve issues of success for underprivileged youth. Sports are the perfect place to start: they commit to a sport and are intrinsically motivated to perform. When
stimulated and channelled, this motivation can be transferred to other things and have a positive impact in school, on the kids’ personal lives and in their community.
However, the impact of sports beyond the court or field highly depends on the quality of the coaching. Coaches have a significant impact on young athletes, since they are the most important adult in their life after their parents. This influence is not only relevant in teaching a sport, but also in life education.
Only 5% to 10% of coaches received training to fulfill their role properly.