There can be little doubt that sports coaching has been accorded an increased level of significance in recent years. The publication of Coaching Matters (Coaching Review Panel, 1991) acted both as a culmination of this attention and as a reference point for current research and development. The contribution of coaches and coaching to the participation level of sport has been recognised (National Coaching Foundation, 1993) and their essential contribution to the development of excellence in sport is widely acknowledged (Dept of National Heritage, 1995; Scottish Sports Council, 1994).
A major concern for policy makers, therefore, is an adequate supply of qualified coaches who are available to increase participation and raise standards in sport. In this context, it is a legitimate concern to enquire about recruitment practices and the motivations of those who become or may become coaches.
Editor's comments - [ The overall aim of this study is to illuminate an area of coaching practice which researchers and policy makers have identified as under-researched. Planning at a national (Sports Council, 1995) and regional level (for example, Tayside Sports Development Group, 1995) and individual sport development initiatives (British
Athletics Federation, 1995) have highlighted the need for an increased quality and quantity of coaches. However, the absence of planning at a national level in coaching (Coaching Review Panel, 1991) and the paucity of evidence of systematic coach recruitment and retention policies have focused attention onto the recruitment of coaches and issues of why coaches enter coaching, what is required to maintain their interest, and why they leave coaching. ] Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>
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Reference : Lyle, J. Allison, M. Taylor, J. (1997). Factors influencing the motivations of sports coaches. Edinburgh: Sportscotland
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