Behind every kids’ sport team across the country, there’s a coach (probably a volunteer) who puts their heart and soul into shaping our little ones’ sporting journeys. They’re not just teaching them how to kick goals, score tries, or hit those cricket balls out of the park. They’re imparting valuable life lessons about teamwork, dedication, and resilience.

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These coaches become mentors, role models, and cheerleaders for our kids. They invest countless hours, both on and off the field, guiding and inspiring our budding athletes to reach their full potential. That’s why it’s so important to show our heartfelt appreciation at the end of the season – yes, even if you don’t agree with all of their calls! 

One thing is for sure – no coach really wants or needs a “Best Coach” mug or 10 bottles of cheap red wine. It’s so much better to pool the money as a team and give one great gift.

But we all know that can be a NIGHTMARE to organise. Sharing your bank details with parents, collecting cash on the sideline, trying to keep track of who has paid, getting everyone to sign the card…and then…what gift?! 

Ali and Julie, GroupTogether Co-Founders, have shared their top 7 gift ideas for the kids’ coach that can be purchased through GroupTogether at no extra cost (but without the pain of traditional group gifting!)

1. Grouptogether AnyCard + Group Card

Who knew the coach of the netball team really wanted roller skates? It’s almost impossible to guess the perfect gift, so why not let the recipient choose something they really want or need. The GroupTogether AnyCard is an eGift Card that lets the coach and manager choose from 70+ eGift Cards including Myer, David Jones, Rebel Sport, JB HiFi and Woolies. 

Pair it with a group card from the whole team – it’s the perfect gift. Everyone can add messages and a photo, making it really personal and a special keepsake. You can even print the card or send it digitally.

 

“It’s a game changer” according to Katie Fillington from Manly. “Everyone loved that they could actually write something personal on the card and pay easily online.”

PS: This combo is by far the most popular gift on GroupTogether!

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2. Tickets To A Game

For the coach who’s a sports enthusiast, there’s nothing better than going to see a live game. If you can, run it by their partner to check they’re free that weekend. Then grab a few tickets so they can take a friend. It’s a gift they’ll never forget!

3. Personalised Water Bottle

Coaching can be thirsty work, and we’re absolutely loving the range of personalised water bottles from Beysis. They have a range of colours and you can have your coaches name added to the bottle. They are double-walled stainless steel and vacuum-insulated meaning they keep liquids cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. Perfect for those chilly winter days standing on the sidelines!

4. BridgeClimb

We absolutely LOVE this as a coach gift idea! For a truly unforgettable gift, give a BridgeClimb experience where your coach can climb Sydney Harbour Bridge, see breathtaking views of Sydney and discover fascinating facts. If you’re not in Sydney, check out if your capital city has a similar experience or perhaps there’s a different iconic landmark that offers tours (e.g. stadium tours, brewery tours, etc.).

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5. A Night Out

A tried-and-tested coach gift is a voucher for a beautiful dinner somewhere they wouldn’t normally take themselves. The Gourmet Traveller voucher is perfect for this – they can choose from award-winning restaurants all around the country. Perfect for the foodie coach.

6. In-Home Massage from Blys

Coaching can take a toll on the body, and nothing beats a relaxing massage to rejuvenate the mind and muscles. Treat your coach to a massage voucher from Blys, a professional mobile massage service. They’ll appreciate the chance to unwind and indulge in some well-deserved pampering without having to leave their home.

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7. Rebel Sport Voucher

Lastly, you can’t go past a Rebel Sport eGift Card! The coach can put it towards new gym gear, sports bag, equipment, sneakers and much more. Perfect for the sports enthusiast!

 

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GroupTogether is a website that does the heavy lifting for you – everyone can chip in and sign the card online, then you can choose a gift from their website or withdraw the funds. It’s THAT easy! And it’s free! 

It’s user-friendly platform has been used by over 1 million Aussies and has a 4.7/5 star rating on Trustpilot. It simplifies the process, allowing you to collect money easily and give the coach a memorable gift and card from the whole team.

PS: If you’re always the “organizer mum” (we know you are!) then GroupTogether is also great for teacher’s gifts, kids birthdays, baby gifts, milestone birthdays and farewells at the office. It makes collecting money from a group SO much easier, more inclusive, more fun and way less awkward.