Goal Setting 3/3 (Facilitator) from Quirky Kid on Vimeo.

  • Identify and enumerate their support network
  • Develop strategies to utilise their support network better
  • Improve relationships between team members
  • Learn to identify how different members of their team support them and in what ways they provide support (eg. practically, emotionally, by being in the background, by being more immediately present).

As children and adolescents rely on adults to finance, manage and provide transportation for their pursuit, it is important that the entire support network is recognised. This allows children and adolescents to have a genuine understanding of the commitment and effort required by a whole team of people, not just themselves as individuals. Having this understanding, as well as being able to express appreciation and gratitude can help young athletes and performers to stay grounded. This is especially important when children and young people are away from home, or are in the spotlight. Knowing who are in their team can also boost children and adolescents’ sense of well-being and confidence as well as their motivation for doing their best. Facilitator’s should encourage participants to map their entire support network. Keep in mind that some members may be less obvious than others. Some participants may require more time and support to complete this exercise.

  • You should invite group collaboration in order to expand the definition of a team
  • Participants should become more aware of how each member of their team contributes to their performance.
  • Participants should be encouraged to acknowledge each of their teams contributions regularly. Another good idea is to arrange regular meetings to encourage open communication.
  1. Start the lesson by discussing what it means to be in a team. Consider questions such as: does everyone have team members? who are team members? why are they team members? do team members play different roles and why? do team members change over time? what team members have to be really present and involved? What team members provide support more from the background? Are some team members more important than others? Do team members have to work together? How might they do this?
  2. Next, guide participants into writing in their team members and thinking about how these team members may help them. Help participants think about the kind of help their team members give them. Is it practical help, like driving them to their practice sessions? is it moral support, such as a encouraging phone call before their match? is it the teaching of skills needed to compete?
  3. Help participants share how important their team members help is to them. Consider how life would be if they had no team members? How would that affect their performance? What wouldn’t they be able to do? What can they do because they have their supportive team?
  4. Help participants share on why they think their team members help them? is it out of love, dedication to the sport, a personal dream? And help participants reflect on the efforts their team members might go to, to help them: what efforts do they make? how? Ask participants if and how they might show their appreciation to their team member.
  5. Lead participants in a discussion around how they can best communicate with their team members and help their team members communicate with each other. What forms of communication are there? (eg. verbal, written, physical). What form of communication do you think would suit each team member (it could be a combination of communication methods), What things would it be important to communicate to your team members and why? (appreciation, gratitude, success, challenges) and how might you help your team members communicate with each other (eg. diary, letter, phone call etc)?
  6. Finally, discuss appreciation and gratitude- what do these words mean and why would they be important? Facilitate the generation of ideas through asking participants ways that they like to be acknowledged and thanked (eg. through a card, hug, phone call, note, high five, spending time with the person) and how it makes them feel when shown acknowledgement and gratitude. Support participants in filling out the page on how they can best acknowledge and appreciate each team member.

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