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Servant Leadership and Sports Coaching

Vinson, Don ORCID: and Parker, A. (2019) Servant Leadership and Sports Coaching. In: Sport and Christianity: Practices for the Twenty-First Century. T&T Clark (Bloomsbury Publishing), London, pp. 121-131. ISBN 9780567678614 (e-Book) 9780567678607 (hardback)

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The body of literature concerning the relationship between sports coaching and Christianity raises a number of questions about whether or not competitive sport might be considered a legitimate vocational field for Christian coach practitioners. Indeed, this literature has offered limited theoretical clarity for Christian sports coaches seeking a sound and legitimate foundation for their professional practice. In this chapter, the role of the coach is considered broader than the pedagogical function of helping athletes learn technically and tactically. Instead, we focus on the overarching concept of leadership and, in particular, servant leadership, with a view to offering Christian sports coaches an operational framework in relation to their practices and responsibilities regarding athletes and teams, predominantly in the competitive sporting domain. The central aim of the chapter is to provide insight into the connections between servant leadership and sports coaching and, in particular, the ways in which servant leadership behaviors might manifest themselves in and through coaching practice.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: servant leadership, sports coaching, Christianity, Christian coach practitioners, coaching practice
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Sport and Exercise Science
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Depositing User: Don Vinson
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2020 10:18
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:34

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