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Carefully supporting autonomy – learning coaching lessons and advancing theory from women’s netball in England.

Cronin, CJ, Walsh, BA, Quayle, L, Whittaker, E and Whitehead, AE (2018) Carefully supporting autonomy – learning coaching lessons and advancing theory from women’s netball in England. Sports Coaching Review. ISSN 2164-0629

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Abstract

Back to Netball (B2N) is an initiative that encourages women, whose engagement has lapsed, to return to regular Netball participation. This study explores what aspects of coaching practice within B2N are perceived to be effective. A thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews with 28 B2N participants and 6 coaches was undertaken. Analysis identified four pertinent themes; 1) participants personalising sporting experiences through choice, 2) coaches facilitating and / or directing participants to relevant opportunities, 3) critical considerations of autonomy; a need for balance, 4) caring as a coaching ethic. The subsequent discussion considers autonomy and care as two relevant theoretical explanations. Within the discussion, it is posited that autonomy supportive behaviours and caring relationships may be symbiotic features of successful coaching. A novel interdisciplinary theoretical contribution is therefore made by connecting Self Determination Theory with the burgeoning recognition of coaching as a caring practice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Sports Coaching Review on 21/1/18, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/21640629.2018.1429113
Uncontrolled Keywords: Coaching; Care; Netball; Self Determination Theory; Autonomy
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports > GV711 Coaching
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2018 10:28
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2018 10:16
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/21640629.2018.1429113
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7870

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