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Learning to Mentor in Sports Coaching

A Design Thinking Approach, 1st Edition

Edited by Fiona C. Chambers


252 pages | 71 B/W Illus.

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Learning to Mentor in Sports Coaching is an innovative, user-friendly, practical and theoretical guide for educating sports coaches as mentors. It is the first book to employ design thinking techniques to develop a new approach to mentor education in sports coaching.

Providing theoretical grounding in mentoring conversations, design thinking and case study research, the book centres on a series of redesigned mentoring conversations between some of the world’s leading sports coaching experts, coach educators, mentors and mentees. It covers topics such as: 

  • supporting novice volunteer coaches’ learning
  • the learning needs of novice volunteer coaches and novice professional coaches
  • professional communities of learning in coaching
  • the impact of coaching behaviours on learning environments
  • autonomy-supportive learning environments
  • coaching children, young people and adults 

Closing with a critique of the sports coach mentor as design thinker, Learning to Mentor in Sports Coaching is important reading for any upper-level student or researcher working in sports coaching, sports pedagogy or youth sport, and any coach looking to integrate sound mentoring theory into their professional practice.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

Editor Introduction

Part I Sports Coaching: Mentor as Design Thinker

1 An Ecological, Reflexive and Praxis Oriented Mentor Training Programme: The Role of the Mentoring Conversation

Fiona C. Chambers,, Tandy Haughey, Gavin Breslin and Deirdre Brennan

2 What is Design Thinking? A Case Study of Using Design Thinking in a Sports Coaching Context

Brian Cuthbert, Trevor Vaugh and Fiona C. Chambers

Part II Sports Coaching: Case Studies of Mentoring Conversations

3 Making the Transitions from the UEFA Advanced Licence to the UEFA Professional Licence (or not)

Ryan Groom and Rebecca Sawiuk

4 A Mentoring Conversation in Community Sports Coaching Martyn Cooke [mentor] and Lisa Snape [mentee]

Laura Gale, William Taylor and Martyn Cook

5 An Irish Case Study Conversation: Rugby

Fiona C. Chambers, Gary Byrne and Ultan O'Callaghan

6 Giving Voice to the Nodding Donkey: A Critical-humanistic Approach to Mentoring from Down Under

Glenn Fyall, Jackie Cowan and Hugh Galvan

7 Portuguese Case Study Conversation: Handball

João Costa and Marcos Onofre

8 The Coffee Club

Christine Nash and Clifford J. Mallett

9 Canadian Case Study Conversation: Mentorship in Elite Women’s Ice Hockey

Gordon A. Bloom, Jordan S. Lefebvre and Peter Smith

10 Irish Case Study Conversation: Gaelic Games

Wesley O’ Brien, Brian Cuthbert and Niall McCarthy

11 A University Academic Mentor – Mentee relationship in practice; A Northern Irish Sports Coaching Degree

Tandy Jane Haughey and Robin Gregg

Part III Sports Coach Mentor as Design Thinker - Some Final Thoughts

12 Lessons Learned: Sports Coach Mentor as Design Thinker

Trevor Vaugh, Joanne Moles and Fiona C. Chambers


About the Editor

Fiona C. Chambers is Head of the School of Education and ProgrammeDirector of Sports Studies and Physical Education at University College Cork, Ireland, and Visiting Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the University of Athens, Georgia, USA. Dr. Chambers is on the Board of Trustees for the Association Internationale des Écoles Supérieures d’Éducation Physique (AIESEP) and is co-founder of All Island All Active. She is also the Link Convener of the European Educational Research Association Network 18: Research in Sport Pedagogy and works as an advisor to the Teaching Council of Ireland.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Sports Coaching

The Routledge Research in Sports Coaching series provides a platform for leading experts and emerging academics in this important discipline to present ground-breaking work on the history, theory, practice and contemporary issues of sports coaching. The series sets a new benchmark for research in sports coaching, and offers a valuable contribution to the wider sphere of sports studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SPORTS & RECREATION / Coaching / General