UK Youth Sport Coaches and Coaching Efficacy: an Exploration into the Perceived Development of Coaching Ability

Fiander, Matthew (2013) UK Youth Sport Coaches and Coaching Efficacy: an Exploration into the Perceived Development of Coaching Ability. Masters thesis, University of Gloucestershire.

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The current study has three purposes. Firstly, to explore coaches’ perceptions of their abilities in leading athletes to success and what experiences have influenced their perceived competence (or game strategy efficacy). Secondly, to investigate the relationship between winning and development within the developmental youth sport context. Lastly, to discover whether the conclusions from previous studies apply to youth sport coaches within the UK. A new methodological approach called interpretive description was applied to gather data. Interpretive description is an approach that is characterised by creating meaning (knowledge) through the interchange between researcher and participant and extending a form of understanding that is of practical importance to the applied disciplines (Thorne, 2008). Data obtained highlighted sources and outcomes of coach efficacy within the UK developmental youth sport context, which both supported previous findings and identified novel features specific to this context. Also, results demonstrate coaches’ views on the relationship between winning and success is within this context, which challenges common notions surrounding the concept. Future research efforts should seek to build upon the current research to improve coaches’, sport programmers and researchers’ understandings of the relationship between the UK developmental youth sport context and coaching efficacy.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Thesis Advisors:
Thesis AdvisorEmailURL
De Ste Croix,
Additional Information: Master of Science by Research
Uncontrolled Keywords: Youth sports coaching, coaching ability
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2015 12:07
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:10

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