The Coaching Game™ | Coaching Training Activity

Basic introduction to what coaching is all about. Learn fundamental skills and put theory into practice in a safe environment.

Learning Objectives

  • Insight into what coaching is all about
  • Stresses the need for the coach not to be judgemental
  • Highlights the need for establishing rapport
  • Shows how to coach by asking not telling
  • Illustrates how to help the person being coached to find their own solution

Five-Year Repeat Use Licence

This Northgate training activity comes with a five-year licence for repeat use with up to 12 participants per training session within the licence-holding organisation. Please ask for a discount for use with larger groups. Also includes access to the Northgate Trainerhub (see below for details).

  • Participants

    4-12 (1 or 2 teams of 4-6 per team)

  • Timing

    1 hour + debrief

  • Uses a computer?

    Not required

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The Activity

There are two boards in the pack ideal for six players at each. Individuals move around the board picking up cards that give hints and tips. They also identify areas where they may benefit from coaching and in the course of the activity receive mini coaching sessions from each other. Gets across some key issues – it’s a two way process; it involves ‘open’ questions; a person’s feelings must be acknowledged; do not tell; do not judge. An ideal introduction to the topic.

Trainer's Role

  • Set up the boards, cards and playing pieces
  • Explain the rules (PowerPoint) of the activity
  • Observe teams playing the game and make notes for feedback later
  • At the end lead a Debrief consolidating the learning (PowerPoint notes available).

Trainer’s Notes contain full guidance and a mass of back-up information on coaching skills.

Pack Contents

  • Trainer’s Notes
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Game boards x2
  • Problem cards
  • Coaching tips cards
  • What to say cards
  • Playing pieces
  • Timer
  • Instructions - How to Play (PDF file)
  • Coaching Opportunities Form (PDF file)
  • Handout A: Coaching Tips (PDF file)
  • Handout B: Coaching Questions (PDF file)

This activity is for face-to-face classroom use. It is supplied as a hard copy pack and the digital files are supplied via the Northgate Trainerhub.

Northgate Trainerhub

Benefits of the online Northgate Trainerhub include:

  • Easy-to-access resource library which stores all the digital files for the activity in one place
  • Immediate access to upgrades made to the activity over the five-year licence term
  • Access to an online Trainer Forum where you can post questions, share experiences & network with other Trainers
  • Access to free activities and icebreakers
  • Unlimited Trainer logins for all Trainers based at the licence-holding site

I used 'The Coaching Game' on an Introduction to Coaching Programme for Managers & Supervisors. The best learning points were: self awareness of lack of listening and addressing cultural issues. Practical, practise activity, fun yet insightful, with many possibilities for adaption and development of further issues & actions.

A. Martin, David McLean Holdings Ltd

I used 'The Coaching Game' most recently on a Performance Coach training programme for several clients as an introduction and learning of what coaching is all about (with line managers, Directors, Senior Managers – anyone who runs a team). Learning points include open questions; rapport; sensory acuity; flexibility; coaching not easy; coachee talks more than coach; coachee has the answers and the coach asks the questions. I use it on every training course involving coaching. Excellent as an 'accelerated learning' tool – first class!

S. Harris, Tuesday’s Training Company

I use 'The Coaching Game' as part of our excellence programme for managers and supervisors and it works really well.

Jane Crossman, L&D Business Partner, VolkerWessels UK

'The Coaching Game' went down very well! We like the flexibility of the game, as our coaches were new we discussed the questions you would ask and it really got them thinking.

Kerry Hastings, L&D Advisor, BHSF Ltd

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