The Impact of the Caring Sports Coach to Affect Young People’s Behaviour: A Study in a Disadvantaged Community
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The aim of this study was to establish how the modern day caring sports coach can instil positive behaviour patterns, thus enhancing engagement and helping to combat antisocial behaviour in young people. For this purpose the representative study sample consisted of coaches and participants within a girls’ community based rugby cohort in South Wales. Data was collected through a qualitative design frame consisting of extensive observations, coach interviews and a semi-structured focus group. Results suggested that coaches’ facilitation of constructive environments elicited socially constructed intrinsic motivation and self-determination in young people, many of which displayed actualising tendencies, striving towards betterment. Conclusions advocate coaches understanding of the no-one-size-fits-all solution and commitment to go the extra mile engendered positive outcomes in engagement and behaviour. Recommendations for further research support increased empirical investigation to contest rationalistic approaches toward learning. Moreover, coaches and coach education are encouraged to engage in the contemporary practice of autoethnography in endeavour to simplify understanding as to why coaches do what they do.
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