An Appreciative Approach to Sports Coaching


The collaborative and inquirybased nature of AI means that coach and athlete work in partnership to discover the ‘best’. The approach also fosters optimistic and resilient mindsets in the athletes, preparing them for the unavoidable ups and downs that occur in sport (and in life). By continuously using a Positive Sports Coaching framework coaches are able to ensure a consistent approach, even in stressful game situations.


Author: Matthew Scholes

Matthew Scholes is the director of Education of AFL SportsReady (Australian Football League), vice president of the Victorian Commonwealth Games Association and a visiting scholar of the Centre for Sport and Social Impact at La Trobe University, Australia. His focus is on enhancing athlete performance and wellbeing using the science of positive psychology. Contact:

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