An Exploration into Coach Experiences of the England DNA – A New Initiative Outlined by the Football Association

Neocleous, George A. (2017) An Exploration into Coach Experiences of the England DNA – A New Initiative Outlined by the Football Association. Masters thesis, University of Gloucestershire.

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Abstract

The current study has two main aims. Firstly, the predominant aim of this research is to identify the experiences of FA Skills coaches working within the EDNA framework. Secondly, this hopes to contribute to the understanding and knowledge of English coaches working at the foundation phase (ages 5-11) of participation by providing recommendations for future dissemination of the initiative. The main purposes of this study were researched using an Interpretive Description methodology, adopting semi-structured interviews to collect the findings. A total of nine participants (7 males, 2 females) were interviewed across four English County FA’s, located in three separate geographic regions. The semi-structured interviews were able to outline 6 main categories in the findings: 1) Being an FA Skills Coach; 2) Developmental Philosophy; 3) Embedding DNA within Sessions; 4) Impact of EDNA; 5) Benefits and Challenges of EDNA; 6) Future Enhancement. The main findings detailed how coaches regarded the initiative as a positive impact on coaching as it provided a vision and framework for coaches to follow. However, the participants also stated how CPD must become more accessible and relatable to a grassroots audience if it is to achieve ‘buy-in’. The core findings of this study provide an insight into coaches working full-time for The FA, with the responsibility of delivering the EDNA framework. This study has also highlighted areas that need greater focus in order to educate coaches on the benefits of the initiative. Future research must continue to establish English football coaches as a focal point if The FA is to improve the professional development of this cohort.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Thesis Advisors:
Thesis AdvisorEmailURL
Brady, Abbeabrady@glos.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Pitchford, Andrewapitchford@glos.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Navin, Anitaanavin@glos.ac.ukhttp://www.glos.ac.uk/academic-schools/sport-and-exercise/staff-profiles/pages/s2112732-anita-navin.aspx
Uncontrolled Keywords: Football coaching; Football Association Skills; EDNA framework
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports > GV0711 Coaching
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports > GV861 Ball games: Baseball, football, golf, etc.
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Sport & Exercise > Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2018 11:25
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2018 11:28
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/5273

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