1st Edition

Community Sport Coaching Policies and Practice

Edited By Ben Ives, Paul Potrac, Laura Gale, Lee Nelson Copyright 2022
    282 Pages
    by Routledge

    282 Pages
    by Routledge

    In many Western nations, community sport coaches occupy a central role in supporting the physical health, mental wellbeing, and wider social development of individuals and communities. However, there is no existing academic textbook that examines the policy contexts in which their work is located or, indeed, the challenges and opportunities that are an inherent feature of their everyday practice.

    Bringing together an international team of leading researchers in sport policy, sport development, sport pedagogy, and sport coaching, as well as some of the best emerging talents, this book is the first to critically consider a range of policy and practice issues directly connected to community sport coaching.

    Comprehensive, timely, and cutting-edge, no other text brings together in one place such a depth and breadth of scholarly material addressing this important field of endeavour. This book is an essential resource for educators, students, practitioners, and policy makers concerned with community sport coaching globally.


    Ben Ives, Paul Potrac, Laura Gale, and Lee Nelson

    Part I: The Political, Organisational, and Administrative Landscape of Community Sport Coaching

    1. The Politics and Policy of Community Sport Coaching

    Andy Smith, Kenny Greenough, and Emily Lovett

    2. Neoliberalism and Community Sport Coaching in the United States: Meeting Challenges with an Informed Strategy

    Jay Coakley

    3. Community Sport Coaches as Policy Actors

    Dawn Penney, Ruth Jeanes, Eibhlish O’Hara, and Jonathan Magee

    4. The Training, Education, and Professional Development of Community Sport Coaches

    Alexandra Consterdine and William G. Taylor

    Part II: Enacting Sport and Physical Activity Interventions for Diverse Groups

    5. Coaching Ethnically Diverse Participants: ‘Race,’ Racism, and Anti-Racist Practice in Community Sport

    Jim Lusted and Daniel Kilvington, and Asad Qureshi

    6. It Is Not a Checking Off of Boxes: Creating LGBTQ Inclusive Spaces and Policies in Community Sport

    Vikki Krane, Tanya Prewitt-White, and Meredith A. Whitley

    7. Developing and Coaching Physically Active Girls and Women

    Nicole M. LaVoi, Courtney Boucher, and McKenzie Arbeiter

    8. Coaching Children and Young People

    Laura Martin, Sara Kramers, Camille Sabourin, and Martin Camiré

    9. Coaching Older Adults (Aged 55+)

    Rylee A. Dionigi, Rochelle Eime, Bradley W. Young, Bettina Callary, and Scott Rathwell

    10. Reflections on Coaching Policy and Practice in Community Disability Sport

    Robert Townsend with Gary Peacham

    11. Teaching Yoga to Incarcerated Populations: Insights from Canada’s Federal Prison System

    Mark Norman,Jesse Sonoda, and Perri van Rossem

    Part III: Negotiating Social Relationships in Community Sport Coaching Work

    12. Political Skill in Community Sport Coaching Work

    Lee Nelson, Paul Potrac, Laura Gale, Ben Ives, and Edward Conway

    13. Community Sport Coaching and Impression Management

    Paul Potrac, Ben Ives, Laura Gale, Lee Nelson, Callum T. Morgan

    14. Emotions, Emotion Norms, and Emotion Management in Community Sport Coaching

    Ben Ives, Lee Nelson, Laura Gale, Paul Potrac, and Chris Johnston

    15. Care in Community Sport Coaching

    Colum Cronin and James Bush

    16. Trust and (Dis)trust in Community Sport Coaching

    Laura Gale, Ben Ives, Lee Nelson, Paul Potrac, and Martyn D. Cooke


    Ben Ives is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Coaching for the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. His research and teaching interests include emotions, dramaturgy, and identity in community sport coaching contexts.

    Paul Potrac is a Professor within the Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation at Northumbria University, UK. He also holds visiting professorships at University College Dublin and Cardiff Metropolitan University. His research and teaching interests focus on the micropolitical, dramaturgical, and emotional demands of sports work.

    Laura Gale is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Coaching for the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Her research and teaching interests include the personal, emotional, and socio-political features of community sport coaching.

    Lee Nelson is a Reader in Sport Coaching in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity at Edge Hill University, UK. His research and teaching interests include the (micro)political, emotional, and pedagogical features of sports work in coaching and coach education contexts.