Developing a coaching philosophy: exploring the experiences of novice sport coaching students

Graham, L. and Fleming, S. (2016) Developing a coaching philosophy: exploring the experiences of novice sport coaching students. Journal of Athlete Centered Coaching, 1 (1). pp. 60-79. ISSN 2329-2202

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Sport coaches play an essential role in developing positive and engaging sport climates and coach educators have identified that a strong coaching philosophy is a central factor in the provision of these positive experiences. A coach’s philosophy is composed of their values and beliefs and is influenced by their life experiences and background. This study explored the coaching philosophies of first year sport coaching degree students in order to establish: their understanding of the concept of philosophy, the primary values and beliefs expressed, and the origins of these beliefs. The written coaching philosophy statements of 77 sport students, submitted during their first trimester were examined. Inductive content analysis generated several key areas to which students tended to refer: Defining Success, Encouraging Fun, Building Character, and Origin of Beliefs. Consistent with previous research on novice coaches, it was noted that participants appeared to struggle to articulate the precise nature of their philosophy and in particular, how it would translate into action. Developing coach education systems which encourage deep reflection and critical analysis of coaching philosophies is imperative for inclusive and effective sport provision.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2016 Journal of Athlete Centred Coaching. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in the Journal of Athlete Centred Coaching. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Divisions: Research and Innovation Centre
Depositing User: Scott Fleming
Date Deposited: 22 May 2018 11:09
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2019 14:20

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