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The under-representation and experiences of elite level minority coaches in professional football in England, France and the Netherlands

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posted on 08.07.2016, 13:02 by Steven BradburySteven Bradbury, Jacco Van Sterkenburg, Patrick Mignon
This article will examine the previously under-researched area of the under-representation and experiences of elite level minority (male) coaches in (men’s) professional football in Western Europe. More specifically, the article will draw on original interview data with 40 elite level minority coaches in England, France and the Netherlands and identify a series of key constraining factors which have limited the potential for and realization of opportunities for career progression across the transition from playing to coaching in the professional game. In doing so, the article will focus on three main themes identified by interviewees as the most prescient in explaining the ongoing under-representation of minority coaches in the sport: their limited access to and negative experiences of the high level coach education environment; the continued existence of racisms and stereotypes in the professional coaching workplace; and the over-reliance of professional clubs on networks rather than qualifications-based frameworks for coach recruitment. Finally, the article will contextualize these findings from within a critical race theory perspective and will draw clear linkages between patterns of minority coach under-representation, the enactment of processes and practices of institutional racism, and the underlying normative power of hegemonic Whiteness in the sport.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

International Review for the Sociology of Sport

Volume

53

Issue

3

Pages

313-334

Citation

BRADBURY, S., VAN STERKENBURG, J. and MIGNON, P., 2016. The under-representation and experiences of elite level minority coaches in professional football in England, France and the Netherlands. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 53 (3), pp.313-334.

Publisher

SAGE Publications / © The Authors

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

20/06/2016

Publication date

2016-07-07

Copyright date

2018

Notes

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal, International Review for the Sociology of Sport. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1012690216656807

ISSN

1012-6902

eISSN

1461-7218

Language

en