Exploring the everyday realities of grass-roots football coaching: towards a relational perspective

Potrac, Paul, Nelson, Lee and O’Gorman, Jimmy (2016) Exploring the everyday realities of grass-roots football coaching: towards a relational perspective. Soccer & Society, 17 (6). pp. 910-925. ISSN 1466-0970

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/14660970.2015.1100900

Abstract

While scholars have increasingly engaged with the (micro)political and emotional experiences of coaches in professional and semi-professional football, little attention has been given to grass-roots coaches’ understandings of these issues. The aim of this paper is to outline one possible research agenda that could contribute to the development of a rich and increasingly nuanced understanding of the everyday realities of being a grass-roots football coach. In particular, we consider (volunteer) coaches’ participation in grass-roots football to be an inherently relational endeavour. Following the presentation of a creative fiction that is based upon our shared experiences of being grass-roots football coaches, we then illustrate how relational thinking might be productively applied to exploring the social, (micro)political and emotional features of grass-roots football coaching.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
X300 Academic studies in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2018 10:51
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2019 11:01
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/35093

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