An Examination of the Developments in Coach Education: A Case Study in Football
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The aim of the study is to examine an ‘A Youth coaching qualification in football’, research the integration of pedagogical approaches, the changes made compared to previous courses and whether they prepare candidates for the complexities of day to day coaching. Four coach educators from levels one to four who had worked (at the time of the study) on the A Youth qualification to be examined, will participate in semi-formal interviews. The findings highlighted the benefits of the integration of pedagogical approaches (mentoring, problem based learning and reflective practice) and the effect it has on candidates’ coaching and personal development. As well as this, further findings identified the particular changes to the course had a positive impacted on the candidates’ experience of the course. Finally, these combined result in better preparing candidates (coaches on the course) for their club environment and the complexity of coaching.
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