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Three members – Stephen Bennett (cricket, swimming, boxing, martial arts, equestrian and badminton.), Sarah Adams (dance) and Stephen Nugent (tennis and strength and conditioning) share their experiences of using the LINKCOACH app.
LINKCOACH is an app that allows you to professionalise your coaching by having all your clients' programs, assessments, videos and messages stored in an easy to access manner from any device in any place.
We asked three members – Stephen Bennett (cricket, swimming, boxing, martial arts, equestrian and badminton.), Sarah Adams (dance) and Stephen Nugent (tennis and strength and conditioning) to share their experiences of using the app.
Stephen Bennett of Dublin City University (DCU)
Sports: Cricket, swimming, boxing, martial arts, equestrian and badminton
System used: Apple
Performance: I’ve been using the app for about 8 weeks to communicate with my DCU scholarship athletes across a number of sports with regards to their strength and conditioning support. I use it about 2 or 3 times per a week to:
My first impressions of the app are very good. It brings together a lot of aspects that I would use like mailing programs & communicating session times into one place. It’s very user-friendly, easy to navigate and makes communicating with my athletes a lot easier.
Cons: I feel the app is very good for communicating with athletes but I still need to use other apps to gain wellness/injury information, if LINKCOACH could provide this sort of information along with the current benefits I feel it would be better.
Overall: I would recommend it to all coaches and give it an 8/10
Sarah Adams of Empire Dance Studio
System used: Desktop and Apple (iphone)
Performance: I’ve been using LINKCOACH regularly (at least twice a week) for about a year now to collaborate with dance students and parents, as well as to store programs and assessments.
Writing programs for students at the beginning of each term and sending them out to parents used to be quite time consuming, as I would have to manually keep track of email accounts. With LINKCOACH, this is no longer the case. I can also post emails out to specific groups of students in just a couple of clicks. The platform utilizes Google Calendar and Google Drive, which means that my documents and calendar are also available on other devices without me having to login to the platform.
My first impression was it needed some tweaking to make it more user-friendly but it is pretty much self-explanatory. It does make it easier if you are familiar with Google’s tools too though, such as Calendar, Drive and Hangouts.
Cons: You need a Google account.
Overall: I would recommend it to all coaches, certainly trialling it out at least. You may need to make minor changes to the way you operate, but it will be worth it if you stick to using the platform. The app does make my life easier all round. I would give it 8/10.
Stephen Nugent of Leinster Tennis
Sports: Tennis and strength and conditioning
Performance: I’ve been using the app 6 days a week for the last 9 months to organise Leinster Elite Tennis Junior squads from age 9 up to 18, give assessments and take and share videos.
It’s excellent as it helps us organise all our coaching sessions. We post up programs for students and do their squad evaluations. We also use it for coach development so all coaches in the Leinster set up have our standard way of operating, health and safety guides etc.
It’s very user friendly, ease to navigate and has helped us improve the quality of the coaching we deliver and improved the overall performance of our players.
Cons: I would really like it to be available in an Android and IoS app as well.
Overall: The app suits our needs and I would definitely recommend it to other coaches. I would give it an 8/10
Do you use LINKCOACH? How do you find it? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
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Thank you for the reviews - Ive been looking at the website and toying with signing up. The only thing I was wondering is whether there is a charge / monthly subscription?
Very good point Dannielle!! Leave with me and I'll get back to you asap with that info
Hi DannielleI’ve been in touch with them and been told you can use it free until the end of August. Then you have 2 options:1. You (the coach) get it for free and every player you put on pays £9.99 per month for access – you get 30% ongoing commission on this.2. You take out a site license based on the number of players you have. I understand this is negotiable and for example say you had 100 students using the site you would pay £500 per year and you can charge what you want to students. This would give you a 50% discount and allow you to set your own price.I understand all this information will be available on their website when it is updated in August. But essentially now to use the service for free all you need is a gmail account. If you are interested Niall Mackey of LinkCoach is happy to do a webex tutorial with you to take you through how to use it – so let me know if it is of interest (you have my email I think?) and I can put you in contact.Hope this helpsRob
Thanks for the speedy response Rob. I think it's a great idea, but don't think it would work with the kind of clients I have. But something to keep in mind for the future
The App is asking to have more control of my Google Account than I would be prepared to give someone I have zero knowledge of. It's a No! from me.
Many apps now request elevated privileges to enable the integration of cross-party systems to provide a seamless user experience and leverage valuable resources that would otherwise remain unavailable. Google inherently makes free disk space etc available and actively encourages new platforms and services to be built and utilise what they offer. Trust with third-party service providers is something to consider but then if no one had that faith much of the industry would not exist.
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