What managerial approaches do Tennis clubs use to prevent drop out amongst adolescent female Tennis players
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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This paper explored managerial approaches within tennis clubs and aimed to gather an understanding of how these approaches were used within clubs to retain adolescent female tennis players. The study looked at current club structures and future improvements that managers/ head coaches could make. It also looked into the reasons behind adolescent drop out in sport. This qualitative study was conducted using semi-structured interviews. Four interviews took place and each participant was specifically selected due to their knowledge and experience within tennis. The data collected from the four participants was analysed thematically to produce the following themes; adolescent female drop out in sport, adolescent female drop out in tennis, coaches in tennis, the LTA on retaining adolescent females, views on girls only tennis initiative “Miss-hits”, club’s approach to retain adolescent females and improvements the club could make to improve the scope for adolescent females. Results illustrated that managers and head coaches should work in conjunction with each other to implement ideas such as utilising new technology, finding ways to reduce the cost to play, and ensuring lessons are more attractive to adolescent females in the hope to reduce drop out. The paper contributes to the debates surrounding adolescent female drop out in sport and in particular, tennis. Not only is the study concerned with adolescent female drop out in tennis, it also specifically looks into managerial approaches that clubs can adopt to prevent the decline in female participation. Key Words: Tennis, Qualitative, Management, Participation
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