FEMALE RUGBY PLAYERS EXPECTATIONS OF A COACH
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The overall aim of this study is to gain insight and better understanding of female rugby player's expectations of coaches depending of their gender, and what has influenced these expectations. Five university athletes, varying in ability as well as experience, were interviewed. Then thematic coding was applied to uncover issues raised. During data collection many key themes stood out regarding each gender. Male coaches were expected to be powerful, determined and direct but less approachable while in the role, and additionally, it was expected that they would have better rugby game knowledge. Alternatively, females were expected to have better knowledge of coaching methods, but to display poor professionalism. In relation to the coach-athlete relationship, male coaches were found to misunderstand how to create a positive relationship. The majority of athletes expressed a preference for a male coach, with participants using reasoning such as better technical knowledge and more determination to achieve. Mostly, the participant’s decisions were related to previous experiences since their involvement in the sport begun. However there was an implication that the women were expecting and in most case, in favour of direct coaching due to traditional views of the masculinity and toughness of the sport. Ultimately the nature of the sport is influencing expectations of coaches within the game.
DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) SPORT COACHING
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