Recently Delta Brisbane trialed our first Parent Coach Meetings for Aspire 7.5 and above gymnasts. Like a school parent-teacher interview, the meetings were a chance for parents, gymnasts and coaches to get together for a progress update; to chat, discuss their child’s gymnastics training and importantly, to make sure everyone is on the same page!
There is a well-regarded model for child sporting development that articulates we will only be successful when we focus on the child’s needs first and we align the support of the parents, coach, sports science/medicine professionals and education. Our meetings with our Delta parents were established with this in mind – we want each and every child in our program to be the best they can be and feel successful in what they do!
Our first round of parent coach meetings were held over four afternoons/evenings. Parents and gymnasts attended together with their coach and had the opportunity to discuss physical development (PAD testing results); skill development and goals; and training styles and behaviour. Coaches gave some focus points for the girls to really work on over the coming months and parents and gymnasts were also encouraged to ask questions and share any comments they may have with the coaches.
Being the first time we have held official Parent Coach meetings it was wonderful to receive feedback from the parents and great to see so many of our Delta families come along and spend the time with their gymnast’s coach. Feel free to email us if you would like to share your experience, good or bad as we are always striving to improve and welcome feedback.
Thanks to one of our Level 5 parents for the below feedback:
My role as a parent is to love, nurture, encourage and provide opportunities to my children, and as a parent it’s fantastic to have one on one time with my daughter’s coach. However let’s face it the two most important people in that room where the coach and the gymnast. I loved seeing the interaction between my daughter and her coach and seeing her face light up as she received positive and constructive feedback. Most importantly, I loved seeing the bond they have as a team. On the way home my daughter mentioned several times how great it was to be able to hear the feedback from her coach, and she is feeling inspired to start working toward her areas of improvement and her goals. I am very aware of the effort it would have taken to make yesterday happen and we’re both very appreciative.
Stay tuned for our next round of parent coach meeting evenings as we begin to roll this out to our Delta families.