About the Project
The coach developer is an overarching term encapsulating a variety of roles and functions that seek to “develop, support and challenge coaches to go on honing and improving their knowledge and skills to provide positive and effective sport experiences for all participants” (ICCE, 2014, p. 8). These roles include facilitator, mentor, assessor, course designer and evaluator (ICCE, 2014). However, it has also been suggested that distinguishing between roles that relate to programme development (e.g., qualification designer and learning programme designer) and programme implementations (e.g., facilitator, assessor, mentor) (Horgan & Daly, 2015) is useful as these roles may be fulfilled by different individuals and require different knowledge and skills. Recommendations have been provided for coach developers’ practice (e.g., Paquette & Trudel, 2018) and coach developer training programmes exist in a number of countries (e.g., McQuade & Nash, 2015; Eade & Reid, 2015; ICCE, 2014). To date, however, little research has sought to understand and explore who coach developers are, their development journeys, and their perspectives on supporting, challenging and facilitating coaches’ development. Considering the central and often critical role coach developers have in facilitating quality coaching practices, developing greater insight into coach developers’ part in coaching is needed to ensure their contribution is maximised.
With a focus on developing greater insight into coach developers and coach developing, this PhD research will examine coach developers’ perspectives on the processes and practice of coach development and the professional development and support for coach developers provided key stakeholders (e.g., sport governing bodies, national agencies, clubs, schools). The research will draw on qualitative research methods such as interviews, focus groups and case studies.
Allen, J. & Reid, C. (2019). Scaffolding women coaches’ development: A programme to build coaches’ competence and confidence. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal Special Issue: Women in Sports Coaching: New Directions in Education, Research, and Advocacy, 27 (2), 101-109 https://doi.org/10.1123/wspaj.2018-0047
Allen, J. B. & Shaw, S. (2013). Development of high performance women coaches: An interdisciplinary approach. International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching, 8, (1), 1-17.
Cooper, D. & Allen, J. (2018). The coaching process of the expert coach: A coach led approach, Sport Coaching Review, 7 (2), 142-170 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21640629.2017.1361168
Cooper, D. & Allen, J. (2020). “I don’t want to give them my brain for the day… and then take it back”: An examination of the coach-created motivational climate in adult adventure sports. International Sport Coaching Journal. http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/iscj.2019-0026
Macdonald, S. & Allen, J. (2019). An examination of the coach-created talent development motivational climate in Canoe Slalom in the United Kingdom. International Sport Coaching Journal, 6(1), 74-87 https://doi.org/10.1123/iscj.2017-0091
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