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Mentoring in Sports Coaching

Sports Coaching Review Special Issue

About the Special Issue

This special edition aims to increase scholarly theoretical and empirical work in sports coach mentoring. Sports coach mentoring has been increasingly used to support coach learning and coach development in a range of sports. Whilst some early work exists in this area (e.g. Bloom, 2013; Chambers, 2015, 2018; Jones et al., 2009; Potrac et al., 2015; Sawiuk et al., 2017, 2018) there remains limited empirical work to underpin coach-mentoring schemes at both grassroots and performance level (Bloom et al., 1998; Griffiths & Armour, 2012; White et al., 2017). This special issues aims to address this paucity of research and offer a space for novel investigation and new theoretical possibilities to better understand the realities of sports coach mentoring.

We would particular encourage empirical submission that are focused on the following topics:

  • Understanding issues in the mentor-mentee relationships
  • Gender influences and experiences in sport coach mentoring
  • Mentoring for BAEM sport coaches
  • Autoethnographic accounts of the realities of sports coach mentoring
  • Working with national governing bodies to improve sports coach mentoring
  • Novel theoretical approaches to understanding sport coach mentoring practice


Submissions Information

Authors should follow the Instructions for Authors for details on how to submit their manuscript.

Submissions should be submitted via our online submissions system.

Due date for Papers: 30th April 2020

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Editorial Team

Dr Ryan Groom, Manchester Metropolitan University

Ryan is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for the MSc Sport and Exercise Postgraduate degrees at MMU. He has previously co-edited two Routledge text (Research Methods in Sports Coaching, 2014; Learning in Sports Coaching, 2016), as well as acting as a reviewer for a number of journals (including: European Journal of Sport Science, International Journal of Coaching Science, International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, International Sport Coaching Journal, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Journal of Mind, Brain, and Culture, Journal of Sports Sciences, Performance Enhancement & Health, Perceptual and Motor Skills, Psychology of Sport & Exercise, Qualitative Research in Sport Health and Exercise, Sage Open, Soccer and Society, Sports Coaching Review, Sports Management Review, Quest, Sport, Business, Management). Ryan is currently on the Editorial Board for Sports Coaching Review.


Miss Rebecca Sawiuk, University of Hertfordshire

Rebecca is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching at the University of Hertfordshire. She is also an elite level football coach and is one of the few female UEFA Advance Licence and Advanced Youth Award holders with the English FA. Her research focuses upon understanding mentoring in elite sports coaching contexts.

As a research team Ryan and Rebecca have published two journal articles and two book chapters together that specifically focus upon mentoring in sports coaching (Groom & Sawiuk, 2018; Sawiuk et al., 2017, 2018; Sawiuk & Groom, 2019).


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Proposed Timeline

Submission deadline – 30th April 2020

Review process – May & June 2020

Revision process - July & August 2020

Copy editing – September 2020

Final editing – October 2020

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