Coaches’ Experiences of Morality in English Professional Football Environments: Recommendations for Creating a Moral Atmosphere

HIGHAM, Andrew, NEWMAN, James, STONE, Joseph and RUMBOLD, James (2021). Coaches’ Experiences of Morality in English Professional Football Environments: Recommendations for Creating a Moral Atmosphere. International Sport Coaching Journal.

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    Abstract

    Coaches are key socialising agents who influence the socio-moral context. A function of socialisation in coaching is the imparting of values and ideology, which guide behaviour. English professional football is known for authoritarian and subservient cultures, whereby coaches will enforce cultural norms and values, which consequently, shapes their players’ moral development. Therefore, from a contextual viewpoint, professional football serves as a suitable site for exploring coaches’ views of morality. This study consisted of two aims: (1) explore English professional football coaches’ experiences of morality in football; (2) share coaches’ accounts of how they create and manage a moral atmosphere. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight male professional English football coaches. Thematic analysis resulted in two general dimensions: coaches’ experiences of morality, and recommendations for creating and managing a moral atmosphere. Coaches shared accounts of the moral conflicts and antisocial behaviours they experienced. The findings suggest that coaches struggle to define morality whilst highlighting the lack of coach education on the topic. Furthermore, similarities were observed in relation to coaches’ recommendations for creating and managing a moral atmosphere. Therefore, we conclude by providing a selection of guiding principles that professional football coaches could implement when creating and managing a moral atmosphere.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement and Sports Sciences; 1303 Specialist Studies in Education; 1701 Psychology
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1123/iscj.2021-0026
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2021 12:23
    Last Modified: 27 Oct 2021 08:00
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/29116

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