Coach perceptions of the implementation of the TGFU appraoch in junior rugby
University of Wales
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Background: Previous researching surrounding the use of the Teaching Games for Understanding (TGFU) approach in pedagogy and curricular activities is vast and diverse suggesting the approach is useful in developing participant’s decision making skills and tactical awareness in games. There has been limited research conducted on the use of the TGFU approach outside of a physical education setting examining the implementation of the approach in sport and specifically rugby union. Aim: The aim of this paper is to identify coach perceptions of implementing the TGFU approach over a period of four weeks. Method: Two novice UKCC level 1 rugby union qualified coaches participated in the study. Data was collected through the use of semi structured interviews to determine the coaches’ previous experience of coaching and playing rugby union as well as their perceptions of implementing the TGFU approach following exposure to relevant literature and execution of two TGFU themed sessions. Results & Discussion: Findings of the study highlight the coaches perceptions of the benefits of implementing the approach in terms of the player’s development and their understanding of the game as well as the perceived challenges faced with implementing the approach. Conclusion: The study found that coaches perceived the implementation of the TGFU approach in junior rugby to be advantageous and beneficial to increasing participant’s motivation, decision making as well as an increased awareness and understanding of game play. The coaches in the study perceived the use of the TGFU approach and game play in training to have a direct positive relationship with improved performance in competitive games. The findings of this study are significant in shaping future coaching methods and increasing rugby coaches knowledge of implementing the approach at junior level.
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