It was not that long a go when I posted that my channel John Shepherd track & field coach writer editor had 100 subs, well that number has now doubled. Many thanks to those of you who have clicked to sign-up, or who have watched some of the videos. I try to upload once a week. The videos are a mix of my training thoughts and practices as well as a bit a vlog into the lives of amateur coaches and athletes. It's tough for all of us trying to fit everything in around work and so on.
There's been a lot of debate about coaches not being valued and, I guess, from a rewards point of view most of us aren't in track and field. I coach as I wanted to put something back into the sport after all the "free" help I have had. Yes, I've managed to make a little money more recently from coaching but in the great scheme of things in terms of commitment this doesn't pay my way as it were. Perhaps more needs to be done to support coaches in our sport. I can foresee a time - as perhaps with officials - that there will be a shortage. The generation of athletes may be less willing to coach after they have retired. Time is being pressed more and more and I wonder how many people will want to use up so much of this vital commodity in future to coach.
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