What is it about?
We analysed how elite male rugby union and football athletes made the transition into a high-performance coaching role upon their retirement as an athlete and whether they were actually 'fast-tracked' into these roles. We identified how during their time as elite athletes some actively prepared themselves for a coaching role whereas others did not. Only those who did not actively prepare for a post-athletic coaching career undertook what is perceived to be a 'fast-tracked' route into a high-performance coaching role.
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Why is it important?
Many men's high-performance coaches in English football and rugby union are former elite athletes. Yet the experiences of those who were perceived to be 'fast-tracked' into these post-athletic coaching roles have not been analysed until now. Therefore, the project helps us understand the processes these coaches encounter to become high-performance coaches. Our findings show that not all of these coaches are actually 'fast-tracked' as they accumulate lots of their own coaching experiences that help them prepare for the career transition into a post-athletic coaching role. Other coaches' pathways, however, do suggest that they are 'fast-tracked'. We finally highlight how a lack of transparent recruitment practices these coaches had to navigate mean that coaches without an elite athletic career are perhaps overlooked and are thus discriminated against.
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This page is a summary of: “Active” and “Passive” Coach Pathways: Elite Athletes’ Entry Routes Into High-Performance Coaching Roles, International Sport Coaching Journal, September 2018, Human Kinetics, DOI: 10.1123/iscj.2017-0053.
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