Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and ADHD are all types of learning difficulties that all coaches will come across throughout their coaching career. 

These learning difficulties were explained in a well-informed, well presented lecture given by Anna Heaven, county coach, at an EGAC meeting organised by Chris Buckley, EGAC secretary, on the 20th June.

Anna highlighted the various problems that coaches will meet during sessions and presented ideas on the best practice in helping people to achieve their goals through the archery session.  Members who didn’t attend the meeting missed out on valuable information learned that evening.

Dyslexia, for instance, is not just about mixing letters/numbers but they are also unable to distinguish left from right, unable remember given information and have difficulty comprehending instructions easily. Each one of these types have their own tribulations but they all have these connecting factors, difficulty with social interaction, unable to communicate effectively and lack of social awareness. All problems that coaches need to be aware off.

These EGAC events are a valued source of information and worth making the effort to attend as there is always something to learn. 

I would like to thank Anna for an excellent talk, Chris Buckley for organising the event and to the members that made the effort to attend. I hope to see many more at the next event which takes place at Perris Archery in July - details are on the Coaching Guild News page.   

 

Alan Munson

ECAA President