If you love your football, cycling or athletics, you may have considered a career in your chosen sporting sphere. Obviously, if you didn’t make it to astronaut training or fire-fighting camp that is! I think I wanted to be a lollipop man when I was a little ‘un. The power those people wielded with their staffs of office, official-looking peaked caps and reflective streetwear. It didn’t last long though, I’m sure.
The thing is, to become a lollipop man, I didn’t need to be a lollypop kid. To be a firefighter, I didn’t have to have any previous firefighting experience. And to be an astronaut … well, you know where that one’s going, don’t you? The long and the short of it is, that you don’t need to be an athlete to get a job in athletics. The truth is, that anyone with a passion for sports (and a few that don’t in some cases, unfortunately) can get a job in sports, regardless of sporting prowess, experience or abilities. Lots of people who do work in sports didn’t even start out in sports, but in general business, or in transferable sectors such as health, marketing, journalism and law. Once you crack one of these nuts, it’s not a big move to sidestep into the sporting sector. The sporting performers are the crest of a very big wave. There’s an army of people working alongside them, either in the limelight, such as managers and agents or behind the scenes as physios, promoters and legal eagles, all putting their not-necessarily-sporting experience and education to work for the greater sporting good.
Recent events in YouTube land have culminated in a boxing match (and rematch) between two young men who have grown to a level of stardom amongst the internet-watching youth. On the face of it, Logan Paul and KSI had a misunderstanding (yeah right!), set a date and biffed it out in front of a multi-million paying audience. And then did it all again when the result was adjudicated to be a draw. On the face of it! Behind the scene were promoters, marketers, managers, lawyers, insurers, venue organisers and merchandisers. Not to mention the physiotherapists, psychotherapy coaches, public relations experts and any other sort of support that were bound to be on hand to keep the razmataz boat chugging forward at full speed.
Any serious sportsperson needs to have stickability; stick at the training plan, stick at the diet, stick at the sleeping regime. But it’s hard. Everyone knows that. That’s why there’s a lot of support available. For health and fitness, there are physical & sports massage therapists, sports medics, sports & fitness nutritionists, strength & conditioning coaches, sports & exercise physiologists, mind coaches and everything in between. All of these roles have assistant counterparts at the more professional levels too. There are various media opportunities, including reporter, columnist, pundit, photographer, film-maker, etc, and even more roles in sports management.
Perhaps the biggest area for sports support though is in coaching. That ranges from managing players and teams at a professional level, through personal trainer and part-time amateur club coach, to school sports teacher. I have mixed memories of the latter. One teacher, in particular, was in the mould of the no-nonsense character played by Brian Glover in the film Kes. Unfortunately, far too many people seem to have had experience with this kind of teacher. If you’re too young to remember Kes, perhaps you’ll associate better with Bullet Baxter from Grange Hill? Can’t help you if you’re younger than that, sorry. To balance the bad though, I also had a great PE teacher, who was educationally interesting, fair, encouraging and fun in equal measure. And that’s the way we like it here at Elite Kids Coaching. A lot of the EKC coaches are ex-professional sportspeople who’ve done the hard graft and learnt along the way. Several of the lads and lasses are coaches by profession and have therefore learned their craft via a different path. The one thing that we all have in common though, is that we’re constantly learning new methods and techniques from each other, which is fantastic. It’s the way we think it should be, and we think that the tens of thousands of kids whom we’ve coached over the past few years wouldn’t disagree.
If you think you’ve got the right stuff to become part of the Elite Kids Coaching team, give us a nudge and ask. Even if you’re only a kid at the moment! And whether your kids talk to us or not about this career route, they can always come along to one of our camps and have a brilliant experience. It’s win-win!!