Wellbeing And Youth Development | Panel Discussion

Wellbeing And Youth Development | Panel Discussion



so thought would be something interesting to kind of have a discussion around with some of the things that we highlight is recently in the news around kind of winning over welfare welfare over winning the attitudes that are held in sporting organizations so and it's around kind of should well-being be a top priority when you're kind of developing athletes and and young athletes is kind of where I was going with that so it was around so we can see that mental health problems are on the rise and the population and that's athletes I don't think you're exempt from that so around what can we do when we're with creating an environment for these athletes to grow and develop and and perform so I think kind of going around that the importance of the environment environment is really crucial with that so be interesting to have kind of a discussion around what you guys think the environment would look like as well as kind of why is it is it well-being over what over winning or is it winning over well-being and and kind of your perceptions and opinion of that as well and so yeah that was kind of a little bit of an introduction and then thought we can kind of have a discussion about some of those bits I think it's one of the things that the focus should be on well-being and then the winning tends to look after itself from that perspective whether or not its kind of agreed across the board really there it's just for me too I feel it's the case where you know if we're looking after trained better people and looking after those individuals of in sporting organizations football clubs specifically then we're more likely going to have people are going to go out to the wider world and do well and I think that we'll also be able to transfer out onto the pitch where planes are obviously join their football a little bit more and going on to perform to their potential yeah I mean like speaking from kind of the experience that I'm in at the moment in West from Italian we're very much about developing a player and a person and that comes from all different parts of the Academy so from the coaches from management from all sorts and that's that's the targets that we're working towards obviously we want to produce players that are going to be good enough to play in the Premier League but we kind of believe that if we can produce these players they're going to be great people then that's a massive success for us and so I think some of the things that we do we have a very clear idea of what we're trying to develop and what we're trying to all work towards that same vision and I think that can be quite beneficial when you're trying to look after athlete's well-being and I think the coaches and all the support staff take time to know the athletes as people as well we spend a lot of time talking to them about things outside sport and learning about their backgrounds their families and just kind of generally having chats with them and the coaches will spend time with them on trips and so throw on an away game then people will have a chat in the coach or if even if you're just walking in from training you see the coaches talking to different players on different days and I think we put a lot of time into that kind of small talk I suppose as a way of developing those relationships because something that I'm really passionate about is working with athletes to develop those different identities because I think sometimes they're seen as just the footballer or just the runner or just the whatever kind of sport they do they're seen as that and there's so many other things that fall in different areas of their lives and trying to develop their confidence and and that's another thing that I'm kind of really passionate about working with the players so Connor says I think it has to be welfare over winning otherwise we're letting our players down as coaches question from tee know at what point do you have to remove the player from the squad who struggles with mental coping skills see more at the university level in Canada so I think in terms of that something that I'd look at with coaches would be what level they're playing at in terms of their playing in their age category are they playing bars are they playing where whereabouts in their kind of area of development so if we've got a player that's struggling to cope at the level they're playing but that might be higher than their age we might give them some more success by dropping them down to a lower age group so if we've got a seventeen-year-old that's playing under-23 football regular ly we might look at bringing them down to the under-18s to give them that confidence boost and give them some of those skills they can practice in that arena where they're under less pressure and they're under and a slightly less challenging environment for them so we'd look at doing things things like that and I think in terms of decisions is to start inclined ups I don't tend to get involved in those and I find I'll leave that the coaches but I think it's a really interesting kind of discussion in it is something that we look at in terms of if a coach thinks the player struggling then we might try and give them some success by it might even be that we might train them with their their own age group or potentially even they might go and help out at an age group lower down just to try and give them an understanding of why they're where they are and what are their strengths in that in that area and just to try and boost that confidence and that that understanding and of the skills that they do have and then try and build on those from there

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