Athletes’ Entourage

Every athlete needs a support team. We call it an ‘athletes’ entourage’, and it includes everyone who has an influence on an athletes’ performance – on and off the field of play.  Your coach, manager, agent, physical trainer, medical staff, lawyer, sponsors, and even friends and family form part of it.

Top Tips


The best coach is someone who can help you be the best you can be.



Meet several coaches, so you can assess their services and decide which one is right for you.



Coaches are there to help you succeed, so ask as many questions as you like.



Research the profile of your coach and ask the coach to tell you about their previous experiences.



It’s important that you make sure your coach has no link with any match-fixing or doping cases.



Speak to other athletes about who they recommend and why, but ultimately choosing a coach is your decision.



Have a trial period with your coach, so you can see first-hand how they work and whether they’re a good fit.



Like every athlete, every coach is different. The style of their coaching needs to work for you.



Trust your judgment. The coach has to be right for you, not anyone else.



All about Agents

Athletes may have to deal with sponsors, media and club contracts. That’s where a good agent comes in handy; someone to handle those tasks and relationships, so you can focus on training and competing.

Finding a Good Coach

Your coach has a significant impact on your performance. Your coach should be your teacher, mentor, counsellor and protector of your health and integrity. Here are some tips on choosing the right coach for you.