Athlete Perceptions of Coach Effectiveness in a Community Football Club
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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This research focuses on the area of sport coaching. The study was conducted in order to highlight the lack of quality in sport coaching within a community club context as there seem to be current issues regarding coaching effectiveness whereby coaches do not positively impact their athletes as well as they could. The research consisted of interviewing four athletes from a local community club who shared their views on the quality of coaching they received. The findings of the research evidence that their coach did not interact with them individually, the feedback he provided them was vague and of little productivity, the capital he actually held in the club seemed to be very limited and the overall data showed that the players were not completely satisfied. This study concludes that there is a poor standard of coaching being implemented at the club; there is a lack of individual coach-athlete interaction and the coach is not sensitive to the needs of his athletes. This study has only been conducted within one community club which is the greatest limitation in regard to moving forward. Should any future research being conducted in the community area of football show similar results, recommendations include (i) that efforts must be made throughout community football in order to educate athletes and coaches on the importance of good relationships and coach-athlete interaction, (ii) the significance of the coach directing his training in order to meet athlete needs should be highlighted, and (iii) reflective practice is an effective tool which should be used by coaches to develop their coaching effectiveness.
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