AN [AUTO]-ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY OF A FOOTBALL COACH’S EXPERIENCES IN COACH EDUCATION
Longworth, Martin Robert
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The study builds upon existing social-cultural research into sports coaching by highlighting the dynamic, micro-political nature of coach education [in football]. It explicitly attempts to explore the personal experiences encountered when undertaking a national governing body (NGB) course, while investigating the dilemmas, sensibilities and manoeuvrings engaged in securing a truthful identity of oneself. The study is specifically, [auto]-ethnographical in nature, exploring the various nuances, mysteries, and complexities of human interaction in coaching (Potrac & Jones, 2009). The data is displayed and illustrated through two varied, yet inter-related vignettes. In order to make sense of the vignettes, my tale will be analysed through a ‘Goffmanian’ lens. Goffman’s (1959) work on the ‘presentation of self’ and ‘impression management’ is exemplified as a theoretical signpost in order to better interpret the author’s tale. By adopting such an approach, the study therefore, will aim to enhance the findings of previous literature (Chesterfield et al., 2010; Cushion & Nelson, 2013) and suggest how the [auto]-ethnographical genre allows coaches the potential to write freely about their experiences, thus providing a more insightful and critical understanding of coach education.
- Masters Degrees (Sport) 
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