1st Edition

Sport Coaching with Diverse Populations Theory and Practice

Edited By James Wallis, John Lambert Copyright 2021
    226 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    226 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    James Wallis

    1. Coaching for Youth Performance: Challenging Tradition through Understanding and Applying Non-Linear Approaches to Skill Development
    2. James Wallis and Tim van Noort

    3. Coaching Children and Youth: Building Physical Foundations
    4. Floris Pietzsch and James Wallis

    5. Understanding the Sport Values of Young People and Recognising the Implications for their Coaches: Sport for Kids, Not Kids for Sport
    6. John Lambert

    7. Coaching Female Combat Athletes: Creating Positive Environments for Women and Girls
    8. Catherine Phipps, Anastasia Khomutova and Alex Channon,

    9. Sport Coaching in a Disadvantaged Community: A Case Study of Freestyle BMX
    10. Ben Gould and Carlotta Giussani

    11. A Structural Shift in Voluntary Work with Refugees within Sports Clubs in Germany
    12. Sebastian Braun, Katrin Albert, Mareike Alscher and Stefan Hansen

    13. The Importance of Sport in Engaging Refugees: ‘It’s Only a Game?’
    14. Mark Doidge

    15. Addressing the Under-representation of BAME Coaches in Professional Football Club Youth Academies: An Examination of the EFL Mandatory Code of Coach Recruitment
    16. Steven Bradbury and Dominic Conricode

    17. Coaching and Teaching LGBT Youth
    18. Gillian Teideman and Graham Spacey

    19. Disability Sport Coaching: ‘You Just Coach the Athlete not the Disability’
    20. Chris Cushion, Tabo Huntley and Robert Townsend

    21. Coaching Athletes with Intellectual Disabilities: Same Thing but Different?
    22. Natalie J. Campbell and Jon Stonebridge

    23. The Role of Physical Activity in Cancer Rehabilitation
    24. Louisa Beale and Jan Sheward

    25. Decreasing the Fear of Falling in Older Adults: The Use of Adapted Utilitarian Judo
    26. Óscar del Castillo Andrés, Luis Toronjo Hornillo, María Teresa Toronjo Hornillo and María del Carmen Campos Mesa

    27. Physical Activity and Ageing: Keep Moving!

    Peter Watt and Janus Gudlaugsson

    Concluding Thoughts and Future Considerations

    James Wallis and John Lambert



    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.