The likely impact that the United Kingdom Coaching Certificate will have on the Development of Coaching in Welsh Gymnastics
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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The focus of the study is an examination into the likely impact that the United Kingdom Coaching Certificate (UKCC) will have on the development of coaching in Welsh Gymnastics (WG). In order to establish the potential for impact and to what degree that impact might be, qualitative research was undertaken. Interview data was gathered though five strategic levels within three to four organisations with a specific remit for coaching and coach development. All interviews therefore, had some knowledge about the UKCC. Discussion topics were formed from material and documentation derived from academic literacy sources and publications produced by key sports agencies and national governing bodies. The results were collated using specific themes identified from the data and these were transcribed into a tabular formula. The study prevailed several themes that could occur as a result of the implementation of the UKCC. The likely impact of the UKCC will be that it will lead to a standardisation of coaching qualifications throughout all sports and across all countries. The quality of coaching is likely to improve due to the changes made to WG coaching structure. The new structure will hopefully allow coaches easier pathways to improve their coaching standards, by using the new horizontal modules. These modules will give coaches the opportunity to specialise in a certain subject of coaching. The study found that WG does not believe that performance levels will change within the sport of gymnastics but that better pathways will be created through the use of the new UKCC structure. The study found that resources used to help implement the UKCC are both human and physical resources; the study will give a deeper understanding of these resources. The UKCC is likely to have more of an impact on coaches who are on the lower end of the hierarchy of qualifications; more so than on high performance coaches, leading to successful coaching in the future.
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