Evaluating Good Practice in Coaching Delivery between Governing Bodies of Sport and County Sports Partnerships UK

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Vinson, Don ; Parker, Andrew ; Baker, Colin ; Croad, Alison (2013)
  • Publisher: University of Gloucestershire
  • Subject: GV0711_Coaching | GV557_Sports

Introduction\ud Between October 2011 and October 2012, 15.51 million people engaged in sport at least once per week, an increase of just above the targeted 1% rise from the previous year (Sport England, 2012). Additionally, there are more than 1.1 million people delivering coaching in the UK (North, 2010). Despite the considerable number of people impacted by the work which goes on between County Sport Partnerships (CSPs) and National Governing Bodies (NGBs) of sport, to date there have been no formal investigations into the effective functioning of these collaborations. \ud \ud Aims included:\ud To establish what impact a successful partnership between CSPs and NGBs should deliver for sports coaching\ud To determine the enablers for successful partnership working between CSPs and NGBs\ud \ud Methods\ud A standardized online questionnaire targeting nationwide responses from NGBs and CDMs on a range of aspects which have been shown to be critical to partnership working was completed by 36 respondents. In addition, 12 telephone interviews were conducted. Representatives included NGB officers (n = 6) and CDMs (n = 6). \ud \ud Quantitative data revealed that respondents were generally happy with decision making processes, although CDMs perceived their influence to be greater than did their NGB counterparts. Examination of partnership characteristics showed consistent, strong, correlations between communication and four measures of effectiveness including satisfaction (Τ = 0.566) and ownership (Τ = 0.534). The quantitative data revealed a complicated relationship between perceived challenges and benefits. \ud \ud Qualitative data revealed that the vast majority of respondents considered the establishment of the ECN as a positive step. In particular, partners perceived the flexibility of the ECN enabled CDMs to provide a needs-led approach to coach development which greatly benefitted the workforce. \ud \ud Conclusions\ud Findings demonstrate that CSPs and NGBs are committed to developing high quality coaching through a range of formal and non-formal opportunities. The ECN functions well as a flexible rather than a prescriptive template for CDM-NGB interaction allowing partnership arrangements to take place on a ‘needs-led’ localised basis.
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