This book highlights the latest advances in coach education and development through collaborative research co-ordinated by the English Football Association, the only national governing body of sport to run a coaching research programme. Advances in Coach Education and Development presents the first set of studies generated by this programme that display how research has informed policy and practice within the FA.
Divided into three parts, each investigates an aspect of this programme such as the FA’s coaching education and development provision, its commitment to developing the developer, and how its coaches put their knowledge into practice. Each chapter includes sections that examine current issues, suggest considerations for other governing bodies and pose key questions including:
- What can other governing bodies learn from the FA’s programme?
- What is the best way to capture and compare different coaching systems?
- How can other organisations optimise success within their coach education and development programmes?
- How can future research continue to unpack and understand the complex role of coach educators?
Bringing together a unique set of studies covering every level of football, from elite to grassroots, this book is essential reading for any serious sports coaching student, researcher or coach educator.
Table of Contents
1. The FA’s coach education and development programme: research informing practice Wayne Allison Part 1: Contextual Issues 2. Benchmarking sport coach education and development: using programme theories to examine and evolve current practice Julian North 3. CPD provision for the football coaching workforce: What can we learn from other professional fields and what are the implications? Kathleen Armour, Mark Griffiths and Alexander De Lyon 4. Quality Assurance Procedures in Coach Education William Taylor and Ryan Groom Part 2: Development and Support 5. Task Analysis of Coach Developers: Applications to The FA Youth Coach Educator Role Andrew Abraham 6. The application of reflective practice: reflective learning in the education and practices of FA football coaches. Jenny Moon 7. Delivering The FA Grassroots Club Mentor Programme: mentor’s experiences of practice. Paul Potrac Part 3: Impact and Practice 8. What do coaches learn and can new knowledge be effectively applied? Eleanor Quested, Paul Appleton and Joan Duda 9. Examining impact of The FA Youth Coach Education Programme: Evidence of change? Kathleen Armour, Mark Griffiths and Alexander De Lyon 10. Practice activities during coaching sessions in elite youth football and their effect on skill acquisition Paul R. Ford and Jordan Whelan 11. Coaching disabled footballers: a study of the coach journey Annette Stride, Hayley Fitzgerald and Ellie May 12. The progression of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) footballers into coaching in professional football: a case study analysis of the COACH bursary programme Steven Bradbury 13. Candidates’ experiences of elite FA coach education: tracking the journey Robyn L. Jones, Wayne Allison and Jake Bailey 14. Future Direction in Coaching Research Andy Cale and Andrew Abraham
Wayne Allison is Coaching Research Manager within the Technical Directorate at The English Football Association, UK
Andrew Abraham is a Principal Lecturer and Academic Group Leader in Sports Coaching at Leeds Beckett University, UK
Andy Cale is a Principal Lecturer in Sports Coaching at the University of Worcester, UK