THE EXPERIENCES OF FEMALE FOOTBALL COACHES IN THE WOMENS WELSH PREMIER LEAGUE
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Much literature regarding women’s experiences in football has concerned the ways women who play football are perceived and treated within a predominantly masculine sport. However, while football has been extensively associated with males, recent research has highlighted women are playing football in ever-increasing numbers. In spite of this, football has seen no logical increase of women represented in other areas of participation, especially in the coaching milieu, where women are considerably underrepresented compared to males. This research gains an in-depth and rich understanding of the lived experiences of female football coaches, in order to shed light on the possible difficulties and positives females might face as a female football coach. The qualitative method of life history was utilised to learn about female football coach’s experiences, specifically during the process of becoming and being a football coach. Furthermore, two female football coaches within the women’s Welsh Premier League were extensively interviewed. Through the analysis of the interviews a number of significant themes emerged: (a) Role Models, (b) Restrictions and Barriers, (c) The Visibility of Stereotyping, (d) Maintaining Female Identity and (e) Opportunities.
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