To explore the role of a Volunteer Coach within Academy Football by using French and Raven’s Typology of Power
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Although previous research has acknowledged power within the coach-athlete relationship as important, there is limited research regarding social power and influences associated within a volunteer role. Therefore the present study aimed to address this oversight by exploring the role of a volunteer coach within academy football, with regards to French and Ravens (1959) typology of power. Participants comprised of head coaches (N=2) and volunteer coaches (N=2) who engaged in a focus group. This qualitative method was employed to help develop a further understanding of power using both head and volunteer coach’s perceptions within a coaching environment. From the raw data, results were presented in the form of a narrative which identified six main themes; namely legitimate power, expert power, volunteers: a coach’s perspective, volunteers: a volunteer’s perspective, bridging the gap and finally volunteer effectiveness. The discussion of the results acknowledged that volunteers perceive themselves to be susceptible to negative perceptions from head coaches and participants. Consequently, resulting in difficulties exerting power within the coaching environment. Furthermore, findings suggest possible interventions which may reduce negative perceptions by engaging and being actively involved within coaching sessions. Future qualitative research could incorporate athletes’ perceptions of volunteers and how they perceive the role of a volunteer coach.
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