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Sports Coaching Review

For a Special Issue on

Policy enactment in sport coaching

Abstract deadline
30 April 2024

Manuscript deadline
13 December 2024

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Ben Ives, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
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Dawn Penney, Edith Cowan University, Australia
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Adam Nichol, Northumbria University, UK
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Paul Potrac, Northumbria University, UK
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Lee Nelson, Edge Hill University, UK
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Jimmy O'Gorman, Edge Hill University, UK
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Policy enactment in sport coaching

Rationale and focus

On behalf of Sport Coaching Review, we are pleased to announce a call for abstracts for a special issue on policy enactment in sport coaching. This special issue will provide a scholarly forum for empirical articles that offer a critical understanding of policy enactment across performance, development, and community sport coaching contexts.

Coaching scholarship has tended to provide accounts of practice that are disconnected from the policy environment within which such work occurs. This can perhaps be explained by the fact that many practitioners and coaching researchers do not readily associate everyday coaching practice with matters of policy. In a recent Sport Coaching Review publication, we contested this position and contended that workers in the field of sport coaching are active players in the policy process, shaping the meanings, experiences, and attainment of policy in these settings.

We are now inviting expressions of interest from scholars who are actively researching how coaches strategically navigate their policy environments. Consideration may be given to the following (or related) areas: 1) the translation and enactment of policy in(to) practice; 2) those political skills that coaches use when enacting policy; 3) the performative and fabricated features of policy enactment; 4) the management of one’s own and others’ emotions; 5) the relative value of available education, training, and development programmes; and 6) the impacts of policy work for coaches’ wellbeing.

Submission Instructions

Instructions for submission of interest

Those wishing to submit an expression of interest are asked to email a 500-word abstract to the Editor Handler, Dr Ben Ives ([email protected]), by Tuesday 30th April 2024.

Abstracts must contain the following information:

  • Study rationale and aims;
  • Participant selection, recruitment, and demographics;
  • Methods of data collection and analysis;
  • Stage of data collection and analysis;
  • Proposed findings and theoretical interpretations;
  • Originality and significance.

After reviewing submitted abstracts, the guest editorial team will communicate decisions to authors and invite successful applicants to submit full paper drafts, in accordance with Sport Coaching Review submission guidelines, by Friday 13th December 2024.

Should you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to email Dr Ben Ives.

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