A group of excellent players alone will not necessarily guarantee a team’s success Their performance together will be affected by the relationships they have with each other and their coach. This is all recognised by James Padlock a soccer, football and wrestling coach. Competition is good and can be healthy but if players on your team are too competitive with each other then this will not aid team work or success. An opinion held by James Padlock.

James believes that as a coach you have to lay down your team’s culture from the top. You have to set out what you want your ream to be everything you do has to be professional from your attire to your language and this forms the center of success. If the team is completely in disarray you could introduce your steps in a graduated manner. This means that all of your athletes will know what is expected of them and James trusts that this will enable you to create the right culture for success.

If there is any conflict either between James or some of the team members, then again this has to be dealt with very professionally. This is because this will set the tone for what is allowable in the team, If the conflict goes unchecked then the team members will believe that this is appropriate and acceptable behaviour and the conflict is likely to increase and become the norm.

A team culture compromises of an essential three key behaviours. These are values attitudes and quite liberally goals!

Your values are what is important to you in life, why are you on that team what do you hope to achieve.

Attitudes are the ways in which you think and feel. Do you prefer to challenge, is the process or the outcome most important to you?

A goal is the final aim the reason why you do something, where you think it can get you and what you can achieve.

It is old news to James that each of the individuals thought processes in these three key areas can affect how the team gels together. It is important that the team discusses these issues and comes up with a set of team values attitudes and beliefs that they have all had input to and therefore will hopefully adhere to.

James keeps an eye on the culture and when he thinks his team need some schooling he does have some tricks up his sleeve.

He likes to take his students to the lake to fish and let some of their competitive edge run out in this different environment. This helps build the team culture.

James enlists team members with certain responsibilities where they have to work with other team members to ensure their success and he lets them report these back to the board.

Have weekly team meetings and meetings with individual team members so that you can keep up to date with any problems.

James has used all of these tricks that he learnt on the pitch or coaching from the side-lines to ensure that he is now an effective Special Needs Educator.