It can’t be easy being a coach or manager. Aside from actually coaching and inspiring our
young athletes, they spend so much time dealing with all of the dramas, the injuries, the parents, the scheduling, the paperwork, the practices, the games and…you get the idea.
That’s why every year, grateful parents group together to say a heartfelt thanks! At GroupTogether we want to help too. So we pulled together a list of the top group gifts that a team Coach or Manager would looooooove to receive.
|The bar at Archie Rose|
#1 Great Scotch
Starting off at the #1 spot is none other than a great bottle of scotch. If you want to keep the group gift a surprise and don’t know what to buy, check out The Art of Manliness’ article – a great overview and a great suggestion on where to start, The Complete Guide to Scotch Whiskey.
For a fun read about drinking scotch go no further than the Wall Street Journal’s article, Must you know scotch lingo to enjoy a single malt?
Your local bottle shop will carry the most popular brands, but for the finicky scotch drinker try stopping off at a specialty whisky retailer like World of Whiskey. Better yet, visit a local distillery like Archie Rose.
#2 Dinner Voucher
Coming in at a close second was a dinner voucher to a fav restaurant. It’s a really nice way to say thank you to your hard working Coach or Manager and to let them spoil their long suffering spouse!
It’s best if you can find out which restaurant they would love or you can take a punt and consult the Australian Good Food and Travel Guide for a list of the top rated restaurants for 2015.
#3 Massage or Visit to Day Spa
Perfect for erasing the stress or rubbing away all those extra worry lines that come at the end of a long season.
A visit to the local day spa for a massage or treatment is a wonderful and therapeutic way to say thank you for all the hard work.
For a truly luxurious experience, check out the Wolgan Valley retreat in the Blue Mountains.
#4 Golf Lessons
Who knew that so many of our winter sports coaches and managers were also mad about golf. It’s one of those sports where you can always get better.
So if you know you’re coach or manager is aspiring to Jason Day’s handicap, then a group gift of golf lessons in the off season is the perfect group gift.
To find out more about private lessons and pricing, visit your local driving range or you can consult
Australian Golf Schools for details.
#5 Fav Pro Team Jersey
You can never go wrong by choosing to buy your manager or coach an official jersey from their favourite team. Whatever the code, everyone loves getting the real deal.
GroupTogether is betting the favourite jersey this season might be one from across the pond, The Hayne Plane’s San Francisco #38 but you better hurry, rumour has it they only have a few left.
For Aussie codes, you can buy a group gift online from the official team store or a quick visit to Rebel Sport will have your gift in hand in no time.
#6 Wet Weather Gear
The kids may love those muddy mucky training sessions and games, but chances are your coaches do not!
A fantastic group gift is some quality wet (and cold) weather gear. You can even have the team logo sewn onto the jacket! Almost guaranteed to bring them back next season.
At GroupTogether we love Kathmandu and The North Face for their wide selection of jackets, hats, gloves, you name it. Everything to make a warm and cozy group gift for coach.
#7 Tickets to the Grand Final
There’s nothing more exciting than watching the Grand Final from seats in the stadium.
The atmosphere, the crowds, the excitement – it’s a gift they will always remember and treasure.
We figure you know exactly where to go to find those amazing Grand Final tickets!
#8, #9 and #10 – Help us out – we’d love to hear from you. If you are a coach or a manager, what group gift have you really loved? If you’ve recently given your manager and coach a group gift, what did you get? We’re always updating our list.
To learn more about organising a group gift, watch our wonderful (if we do say so ourselves) 90 second video or come visit us at GroupTogether.
Do you remember the birthdays of your youth?
I usually have a crap memory. So much so that I am constantly being corrected by my siblings on what actually happened growing