What is Professional Development/Updating?

Coaching is a complex and varied pursuit. Coaches play a pivotal role in sport, and operate in a range of different environments and capacities, from a part-time volunteer to a full-time professional. The most effective coaches seek to improve their own performance, and ensure that they continually evaluate and develop themselves as a coach. The context of gymnastics is forever changing so professional development ensures you remain current and up to date. Coaches are continually pushing their athletes to better themselves so we need to make sure, as coaches we better ourselves as well. 
In gymnastics a coach is required to complete professional development or updating to renew annual technical membership. As with all learning opportunities, it is important that the professional development or updating which is undertaken is at a suitable level for each coach.