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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)910-925
JournalSoccer & Society
Volume17
Issue number6
Early online date2 Nov 2015
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Nov 2015

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