How to Implement iyarn in Your Sporting Club

How to Implement iyarn in Your Sporting Club

iyarn is an app that’s been built to help people connect to themselves and others. It’s an app that supports groups to develop their own skills to connect and support each other.

iyarn is well suited for sports clubs, coaches and team captains to talk about athlete wellbeing and/or the progress of a sporting club.

Get Help to Spark Deep, Honest Conversation

An iyarn check-in is a catalyst for conversation.

iyarn encourages check-ins on a customised set of criteria, known as ‘wheels’. These wheels are easy to set up and share between coaches and members.

Depending on your sporting club, you might easily customise a wheel to focus on efforts to:

  • Improve compliance with training or recovery programs
  • Improve athlete health and wellbeing
  • Change the culture of your club
  • Drive progress toward a specific goal

We’ve set up a wheel as a sample. We’ve chosen six criteria that might get your members talking with coaches, captains and other players during the interruptions created by the pandemic.

The six sample criteria are Fitness, Injuries, Work, Finances, Relationships and Wellbeing. These are general criteria that might be suitable for a check in during the interrupted training and playing season like we’re seeing at the moment. Of course, you might use different criteria for your own check ins.

Blank iYarn Wheel

Once the wheel has been created, simply share the wheel to the members you want to check in with.

They can log in themselves or the club can prompt them to add some data. It’s really quick and easy to complete these check-ins.

iyarns data input

This data quickly builds up. It’s useful for personal reflection, but the primary reason for doing these is as a discussion point with trusted friends, coaches and peers.

iYarn data over time

With some readings in hand, you’ve got a starting point for conversation. This is a vital piece of the puzzle when it comes to getting athletes to share feelings and struggles.

iyarn lets you build you own wheels and get connecting with the people you care about. The app has 50+ suggested criteria and the ability to choose custom criteria. It’s totally up to you.

iyarn works fantastically with coach-player one-on-ones. Pair iyarn with WhatsApp of Messenger video calls, and you’ve got a tool for keeping engaged with your club, even in self-isolation and times away from the pool.

Tips to Make the Most of iyarn

iyarn is all about unlocking good, honest conversation between people.

In general, the tips for using iyarn as a spark for conversation in clubs are:

  1. Talk about the positives.
  2. If people are comfortable, talk about the negatives. Note this may take some time.
  3. Talk about progress over time.
  4. Talk about actionable next steps that’ll help to improve ratings.

Get Your Members Talking

It’s easy to set up an iyarn ‘wheel’ to check in with members to see how they’re going.

If you’re the first in your club, login and build a wheel by downloading the app from App Store (for iPhone) and Google Play (for Android) or use iyarn’s web app if you’re on a desktop. Set up a wheel in a few clicks and then share it to the people you need to check in with.

You can watch the iyarn intro video over here. If you want help to implement the free app with your club, reach out to iyarn.

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