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Culture, development mechanisms and characteristics: building the profile of the optimal youth football coach.

Campbell, Cameron; Buchanan, Neil; Burgess, Katherine; Cooper, Kay; McCann, Bryan

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Cameron Campbell

Neil Buchanan

Bryan McCann



Abstract

Social interaction and relationships lie at the heart of the coaching process. Coaches are no longer limited to developing relationships between themselves and the players (coach-athlete relationship) but are instead exposed to connections within a much "wider web of complex cultural relations" all within the ever-changing and demanding culture. However, relationships can be hostile and untrusting between members of a professional football club which have been identified based on the critical relationships which exist and the structural hierarchy enforced; players, coaches and director of football (dof). The aim of the research was to explore what constitutes the optimum football coach through the perceptions of players, coaches and the dof. Semi-structured interviews and focus groups were conducted with participants from the same youth football club: dof (n=1), elite football head coach (n=3) and elite youth footballers (n=19), all of whom were all purposefully selected. The same semi-structure interview guide constructed around four general topics of coach learning, coaching styles, coaching philosophy and coach-athlete relationship was used throughout data collection. Inductive thematic analysis was implemented to analysis the data. 490 initial codes emerged which were then collated down until the development of three parallel general dimensions were formed for each participant group: (1) Coaches' Development Mechanisms, (2) Culture and (3) Coaches' Qualities. The study reveals that in order to become the optimal head coach for a club the coach must meet a range of different requirements ranging from experience and coach learning to the ability to adhere to a universal club philosophy.

Citation

CAMPBELL, C., BUCHANAN, N., BURGESS, K., COOPER, K. and MCCANN, B. 2017. Culture, development mechanisms and characteristics: building the profile of the optimal youth football coach. Presented at the 2017 British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of sport and exercise psychology conference (DSEP 2017), 11-12 December 2017, Glasgow, UK.

Presentation Conference Type Poster
Conference Name 2017 British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of sport and exercise psychology conference (DSEP 2017)
Conference Location Glasgow, UK
Start Date Dec 11, 2017
End Date Dec 12, 2017
Deposit Date Feb 20, 2024
Publicly Available Date Feb 20, 2024
Keywords Youth sport; Soccer; Culture; Coaching
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/2249539

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