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The reproduction of ‘coaching culture’: a Bourdieusian analysis of a formalised coach mentoring programme

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posted on 18.12.2019 by Thomas Leeder, Christopher Cushion
Despite its positive rhetoric, formalised coach mentoring can be problematic due to the institutional agendas of National Governing Bodies (NGB), with mentoring functioning as a method to reproduce organisational cultures and beliefs. This research attempted to explore this issue in greater depth by critically analysing a formalised coach mentoring programme. Fourteen mentors and four mentees participated in semi-structured interviews to discuss their experiences of an NGB’s formalised mentoring programme. Analysed through a Bourdieusian lens, the findings present formalised coach mentoring as a source of cultural reproduction, where mentors embodied a group habitus that reinforced the NGB’s dispositions and beliefs towards coaching practice. Mentors strived to inculcate mentees and rework their habituses to align with the field’s doxa through a process of pedagogic action, with symbolic capital proving influential in reproducing coaching ideologies. NGBs should begin to critically analyse their coach mentoring provision to maximise opportunities for mentee learning and development.

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Sports Coaching Review

Publisher

Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Sports Coaching Review on 27 August 2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/21640629.2019.1657681.

Acceptance date

12/08/2019

Publication date

2019-08-27

Copyright date

2019

ISSN

2164-0629

eISSN

2164-0637

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Christopher Cushion. Deposit date: 17 December 2019

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