Sports coaches apply their skills in a wider variety of contexts, and with a more diverse range of athletes and participants, than ever before. This book introduces the professional competencies and knowledge needed to build successful working relationships across the different communities and groups with which coaches operate.
The book offers important insight for coaches who work with specific populations including different age groups; black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people; those of different gender or sexual orientation; individuals with disabilities or illness; the socio-economically disadvantaged; and refugees. Drawing on real-world case studies, such as coaching girls in combat sports and coaching cardiac rehab patients, and adopting a critical approach to values, philosophy and pedagogic process, this book argues that understanding the recipient of coaching and their particular needs is as important as content knowledge.
With contributions from leading coaching researchers and practitioners, this is important reading for developing coaches, students on sports courses and other individuals involved in the sport pedagogy domain who seek to gain a better understanding of the demands of meeting the specific needs of people in the coaching process.
Table of Contents
Introduction. 1.Coaching for Youth Performance: Challenging Tradition through Understanding and Applying Non-Linear Approaches to Skill Development 2.Coaching Children and Youth: Building Physical Foundations 3.Understanding the Sport Values of Young People and Recognising the Implications for their Coaches: Sport for Kids, Not Kids for Sport 4.Coaching Female Combat Athletes: Creating Positive Environments for Women and Girls 5.Sport Coaching in a Disadvantaged Community: A Case Study of Freestyle BMX 6.A Structural Shift in Voluntary Work with Refugees within Sports Clubs in Germany 7.The Importance of Sport in Engaging Refugees: ‘It’s Only a Game?’ 8.Addressing the Under-representation of BAME Coaches in Professional Football Club Youth Academies: An Examination of the EFL Mandatory Code of Coach Recruitment 9.Coaching and Teaching LGBT Youth 10.Disability Sport Coaching: ‘You Just Coach the Athlete not the Disability' 11.Coaching Athletes with Intellectual Disabilities: Same Thing but Different? 12.The Role of Physical Activity in Cancer Rehabilitation 13.Decreasing the Fear of Falling in Older Adults: The Use of Adapted Utilitarian Judo 14.Physical Activity and Ageing: Keep Moving! Concluding Thoughts and Future Considerations.
James Wallis is Principal Lecturer in Sport, Coaching and Exercise Science at the University of Brighton, UK, as well as Visiting Lecturer at the German Sports University, Germany. His main teaching and research interests are in the design and delivery of youth sport programmes. He has extensive applied experience in coaching and coach education in performance and sport for development contexts. He has most recently contributed to the development of coaching programmes in professional cricket and Freestyle BMX.
John Lambert is First Team Scout at a football club in the English Premier League. He was previously Principal Lecturer in Sport Coaching and Physical Education at the University of Brighton, UK, and Visiting Lecturer at the German Sport University, Germany. He is a UEFA A licence coach and worked for ten years as a coach educator and researcher on a major international sport for development programme.