Understanding the relationships between parents, coach and golfer and their Role in talent development

Branton, Justyn Adam (2013). Understanding the relationships between parents, coach and golfer and their Role in talent development. University of Birmingham. M.Phil.

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This paper focuses on the inter-relationships between the parent, coach and athlete and how they impact on the golf athlete’s development. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews of five advanced young golfers, five parental groups consisting of the mother and father and five PGA Professional golf coaches. To develop an understanding of the relationships between coach, athlete and parents and their role in golf athlete development, a constructivist, interpretive approach was utilised.

The impact of parents and coaches on athlete socialisation and development has been well researched (e.g. Côté and colleagues and Jowett and colleagues). Little research has taken place analysing the triadic relationship between the parent, coach and athlete.

This study identifies that parents and coaches endeavour to meet the developmental needs of the athlete however their relationship is limited to incidental social interaction. Both coaches and parents identified that improving their relationship would be of benefit to the athlete. The implications of the study suggest there is a need to develop the skills of coaches beyond their technical and physical knowledge. Coaches should endeavour to understand and meet the social needs of the parent and athlete in order to enhance and develop the opportunities the athlete receives.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.Phil.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.Phil.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
School or Department: School of Education
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
L Education > L Education (General)
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/4493


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