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Exploring How Well UK Coach Education Meets the Needs of Women Sports Coaches

Vinson, Don, Christian, Polly, Jones, Vanessa, Williams, Craig and Peters, D.M. (2016) Exploring How Well UK Coach Education Meets the Needs of Women Sports Coaches. International Sport Coaching Journal, 3 (3). pp. 287-302. ISSN Print 2328-918X Online 2328-9198

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Abstract

Inclusive and equitable processes are important to the development of sports coaching. The aim of this study was to explore how well UK coach education meets the needs of women sports coaches in order to make recommendations to further enhance the engagement of, and support for, aspiring and existing women coaches. The national governing bodies (NGBs) of four sports (Cycling, Equestrian, Gymnastics and Rowing) volunteered to participate and semi-structured interviews using the tenants of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) within a Self Determination Theory (SDT) framework were undertaken with 23 coaches, eight coach educators and five NGB officers. The data themed into an analytic structure derived from SDT comprising ‘Autonomy: Freedom to coach’, ‘Coaching competence’, and ‘Relatedness and belonging’. The coaches perceived potential benefit from enhanced relatedness and belonging within their sport with the findings suggesting that NGBs should embrace coach-led decision making in terms of the developmental topics which are important and should adopt the development of competence, rather than assessing technical understanding, as the foundational principle of more inclusive coach education. Future research should investigate the impact of the inclusive practices which are recommended within this investigation such as the softening of the technocratic focus of formal coach education.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: appreciative inquiry, coach development, inclusion, female, sports coaching
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Sport and Exercise Science
Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
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Depositing User: Don Vinson
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2016 14:34
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 11:32
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/4703

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