News29 May 2024

Coaching Matters Series returns with focus on the coach-athlete relationship


Discussion at the Coaches' Club session in Budapest (© Getty Images)

Coaches, athletes and experts will come together on 4 June to discuss the coach-athlete relationship, as part of the Coaching Matters Series virtual forum.

The 2024 series, which is hosted by World Athletics and the Global Athletics Coaching Academy (GACA), launched in March when the focus was on ‘performing under pressure’. Recordings of both forum sessions – one that took place for the Western time zone and another for the Eastern time zone – are available to watch back via the World Athletics e-learning platform.

Now attention turns to the topic of ‘having the difficult conversation’ and again two sessions will take place – one at 9am CET and the other at 6pm CET on Tuesday 4 June.

The coach-athlete relationship is unique but like any other relationship, it has to be worked at and there will be bumps along the journey. When the bumps occur, how do we tackle them? This forum welcomes speakers who will, through their experience and knowledge, discuss how we can successfully approach and resolve difficult conversations.

Further information on each forum session, the speakers involved and how to join can be found on the forum flyers:

Eastern forum (5pm AEST / 2pm WIB / 9am CET)
Western forum (6pm CET / 9am PST / 5pm BST)

Speakers include sport psychologist Dr Margaret Ottley, coach Robert Weir, freestyle moguls head coach Kate Blamey, performance psychologist & high performance cricket coach Peter Clarke, 2017 moguls skiing world champion Britteny Cox and former athletes Laura Strati and Sena Bekric.

During both sessions, the content experts will present their topic material as a way to inform the forum discussion and that will be followed by Q&A interactions among the panellists and guests.

The Coaching Matters Series forum sessions take place on the first Tuesday of March, June, September and December in 2024. Following each session, recordings will be available to watch back via the World Athletics e-learning platform, where sessions from the Coaches' Club in Budapest and Glasgow can also be viewed.