A captain has many responsibilities and can make or break a team. So where can you look to for help? So You Want To Be Captain? a new book publishing in March 2012 is the answer. Perfect for any young sports-mad reader, it is the ideal resource for inspiring advice and tips on how to be a great captain and lead your team to success direct from some of the greatest sporting heroes. Advice is in the form of letters addressed to the author’s young son who wanted to learn the key attributes of being a great captain.
The author of the book, Declan Gane offers some words on the book and what Karen Atkinson has to say to young, aspiring captains:
Crowned World Netball Series Champions in November, English netball has been on a roll in recent years under the captaincy of Hertfordshire Mavericks skipper, Karen Atkinson who has more than 100 international caps to her name. In this book aimed at aspiring young sportsmen and women, Karen shares her ideas on how to captain a winning team with my son, Louis Gane (who was looking for inspiration when handed the armband as a 12 year old). As well as Karen’s own words of wisdom, 47 other leading captains give their top tips to Louis in the book, including sporting legends Ian Botham, Will Carling, Phil Neville, Colin Montgomerie and Jamie Peacock.
Karen advises wannabe captains to “MOTIVATE your team to give 100 per cent and perform to their best, use POSITIVE talk whether to praise or to give constructive feedback and be APPROACHABLE to all team members.” There’s plenty more great advice to inspire the next generation from skippers that have all ‘been there and done it’. Put a wise head on young shoulders.