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Lived experience and community sport coaching: A phenomenological investigation

Cronin, CJ and Armour, KM (2013) Lived experience and community sport coaching: A phenomenological investigation. Sport, Education and Society, 20 (8). pp. 959-975. ISSN 1470-1243

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Coaching in the participation domain as the act of coaching participants that are less intensely engaged in sport than performance orientated athletes. This form of coaching is a popular activity occurring in community settings such as schools or sport clubs, and it is often undertaken with a broad range of social and health outcomes in mind. The experiences and practices of the large army of 'community coaches' have been under-explored in comparison to those of elite performance coaches who focus on competitive success and dominate much academic research. This study focuses on the little known world of the community coach. Drawing on the philosophy of phenomenologists such as Husserl, and in particular the methodology of Van Manen, the study explored the lived experiences of a single case study community coach. Derived from semi-structured interviews and in keeping with Van Manen's methodology, findings are presented in a narrative format. The narrative describes the 'lifeworld' of the coach and seeks to identify the 'essential features' of community coaching in this case. Specifically, the narrative illustrates a dichotomy in the lifeworld of the coach; between a frenetic practical delivery mode visible in the public arena and a 'hidden' largely unknown, private world used predominantly for planning and organising. For this case study coach, the essence of community coaching lay in two complementary activities; planning and then delivering fun based activities that achieved social, health and sporting outcomes. Additionally, interacting with others, such as parents, carers and teachers was identified as an essential feature of this coach's experience. © 2013 © 2013 Taylor & Francis.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Sport, Education and society on 19 November 2013, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2013.858625
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy, 1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sport Studies, Leisure & Nutrition (closed 31 Aug 19)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2015 10:57
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 14:38
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/13573322.2013.858625
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/582

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