School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


3 May 2016

Survey participants wanted - examining coach leadership behaviours in the wake of Leicester City's historic win

Claudio Ranieri and his team are joyful today as Leicester FC made history. There may be numerous reasons for this sporting success, one of which is at the heart of coaching. Ranieri having learned his lessons from previous coaching endeavours, this football season he led his Leicester team in ways that underlined the collective – coaching was not based on “do as you are told” principle but on “let us work as a collective” principle through supporting, accommodating and rewarding each one player in the team.

Ranieri has demonstrated that creating a trusting coaching environment in which all players as a collective are willing to train their hardest and perform their best boosted both individual and team confidence propelling them to great successes.

While there is a great deal of theoretical speculation that coaches who manifest positive leadership behaviours and have the capacity to develop strong and stable relationships with each one player in the team, just like Ranieri, are more likely to develop teams that are confident, assured and thus more successful. However, there is very little empirical evidence to support these assumptions.

Loughborough and Staffordshire Universities are conducting research that aims to examine the degree to which coach leadership behaviours and coach-athlete relationships can influence the collective confidence of the players in a team. Results of the study would contribute to expanding and supporting theoretical assumptions, developing practical interventions and educational workshops that aim to inform coaches on how to improve team confidence and enhance performance.

For this research we currently are recruiting athletes from a wide variety of team sports, who play competitively, and ask them to complete a short (15 min) survey about their coaches’ behaviours, interactions and relations.

The survey is completely anonymous and players will only be asked for contact details if they wish to be considered for a prize draw to win one of 8 £25 cheques.  If you would like to participate, or are willing to distribute the survey to players in your team, please access the survey via the following link:

Thank you for considering taking part in this research.