An investigation into the mentoring process in sport: Mentors accounts of the barriers, challenges and enablers
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Research has suggested that mentoring is very beneficial within the sporting context, however there is a clear lack of literature that explores the barriers and enablers that are present within mentoring in sport, specifically coach development (Pitney and Ehlers, 2004; Potrac, Gilbert and Denison, 2013). The aim of this study was therefore to identify the barriers and challenges mentors face within the mentoring process in sport, and the factors that enabled the mentoring process to work well. Semi-structured interviews with four participants (3 male, 1 female) were used. Data analysis procedures revealed five themes that were perceived as both barriers and factors that contributed to the mentoring process: Relationship; motivation of the mentee; time constraints; structure and finance; and location. In terms of functioning as a barrier, the pairing of the mentor and mentee for example was reported to make the process difficult if a positive working relationship was not present. In comparison, the pairing of the mentor and mentee was also perceived as a factor that enabled the mentoring process to work well if the mentor and mentee built a strong rapport. This study collected rich and in-depth data that represented the lived mentoring experiences of the participants. It was indicated within this study’s findings that the mentoring structure may need to be reviewed, this is because a few of the barriers and challenges reported were as a result of the mentoring structure in place, thus reviewing the structure may help rectify some of the challenges and barriers identified within the mentoring process. Suggested areas for future research regards exploring the factors that inhibit the success of the pairing of the mentor and mentee, and to review the mentoring structure to identify what aspects work well and what aspects may need improvement.
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