HE Vs. NGB: A coaches’ perspective

HE Vs. NGB: A coaches’ perspective
Jennifer Davison and Paul Whitfield
BSc Applied Sports Coaching and Development
Newcastle College University Centre


Hall, Cowan and Vickery (2018) outlined that there is research that supports the pathway of a Higher Education (HE) degree within sports coaching (Bales, 2006; Jones, 2006, Mallett, Rynne, and Dickens, 2013 and Moreau and Leathwood, 2006), research also argues that HE Sport Coaching courses are not very effective (Trow, 1973, Dolton and Vignoles, 2000 and Branine and Avramenko, 2015). Evidence suggests that organisations have started to demand National Governing Body (NGB) coaching qualifications, however also state that the current level of
education is inadequate. (Jones, Armour and Potrac, 2005, Fernandez-Balboa, 1997, and Vargas- Tonsing, 2007).

The aim of the study is to gain a better understanding of the pathway for a Sports coach into employment. The study will then compile this data in the hope that NGB and HE institutions can communicate on how best to educate aspiring coaches. A questionnaire will be used to distinguish participants with rich coaching experience. After a selection process, some of the participants will be interviewed. Data will then be thematically analysed manually (Guest, Macqueen and Namey, 2012). Five clear themes were forged from a copious amount of data, which were; HE, NGB; Personal Characteristics; Personal Experience and Demand Vs, Supply.

The study found that a combination of both HE and NGB accompanied with advanced soft skills and a plethora of experience are the recommended constituent elements of a successful and employable coach (Lyle, 2002; Brown, Hesketh and Williams 2005; Turner and Nelson, 2009).

KEYWORDS: HE, NGB, Personal Experience, Volunteering