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Following roles in community rugby development, I moved into adult performance sports coaching in 2006. I have coached in university, premiership, county, regional and national development domains across a spectrum of performers from novice athletes to world cup winners, males and females. Other appointments have included performance analysis and consultancy roles. I have attended UKCC Level 1, 2 and 3 coaching award courses as well as a number of SportsCoach U.K., RFU, SAQ, IRB, and City and Guilds awards.
The coaching process: ethnography of apex women's rugby union
The coaching process is constituted by interactions between the coach, other people (e.g. players) and their coaching environment. As such, the specific nature of the coaching process is contingent upon a unique mix of personal, social and contextual factors that interact when coach, athletes and other stakeholders come together in particular places. Due to these interactions, the coaching process is considered to be holistic and complex, with each coach’s experience of it being unique and idiosyncratic. To date, the coach's experience of this milieux is under researched and our understanding of their inherently creative and adaptive practice remains lacking.
This project examines multifarious factors related to coaching's complexity and holism through an ethnographic case-study of the coaching process. The project is collaborative and reflexive, longituinal and grounded in the complex realities of top-level coaching practice.
Awards / Grants / Funded projects
The University of Edinburgh
This article was published on Nov 22, 2012