This project focuses on developing an enhanced understanding of parents in their support roles to elite youth academy football players. Tt consists of a number of project strands including: parenting experiences as they develop through the academy system and their interactions with coaches; and self-reported stressors, emotions and coping strategies applied by parents when navigating their roles as a football parent.
Collaborators: Nicola Clarke, Leeds Beckett; Faye Didymus, Leeds Beckett
Sponsor: The Football Association supported elements of ths project
This project focuses on the developmental needs and perceptions of British tennis parents and the implementation of the Loughborough Tennis Parent Education Programme (LTPEP). This is an educational programme, grounded in research on tennis parents, designed to be delivered through interactive workshops or online webinars. Current research is investigating the effectiveness of interventions upon mini-tennis stage parents in high performance centres in the UK.
PhD student: Sam Thrower
Collaborators: Julie Johnston, Nottingham Trent University
Supporting the psychological health and development of youth athletes through coaches: Developing the 5Cs
Loughborough University collaborators: Chris Harwood
This project currently targets youth football and is focused on helping coaches integrate psychological strategies and behaviour into their coaching sessions that nurture psychological development in youth players. The project applies a 5Cs model of Commitment, Communication, Concentration, Control and Confidence as valued psychosocial attributes that are targeted by coaches. The research may extend to other sports and stakeholders in due course.
Loughborough University collaborators: Sophia Jowett
Transformational leadership is manifested when leader’s behaviours aim at elevating followers’ self-worth and confidence, helping them to develop skills, as well as achieving high standards of performance. Such leaders are inspiring, visionary and engaging, and they focus on developing followers’ potentials, not only for their own benefit, but primarily for the followers’ benefit (Bass & Riggio, 2006). Transformational leaders who help their athletes develop skills necessary to achieve their full potential and motivate them to persist in a pursuit of their sporting dreams, take special interest and devote time and energy to build close and positive relationships with their athletes. Coaching is a complex process and effective C-A-R has the capacity to increase team collaboration or team cohesion (Jowett & Chaundy, 2004). It is hypothesised that the environment embracing an interplay between coach-athlete relationship and transformational coaching has a capacity to influence athletes’ well-being and performance.
PhD student: Aleksandra Krukowska
Sponsor: Funded by Student
The purpose of this study is to explore what characteristics coaches look for in athletes. The study will aim to delve into coach’s perspectives on how individual characteristics of athletes affect the coach-athlete relationship and communication as they work together to bring about performance success. This study will then explore how coaches work with athletes whom they might describe as having “challenging” personalities. Overall, the study will aim to understand personal characteristics that can potentially be trained to allow the development of purposeful working relationships that are successful.
PhD student: Rendy Marican
Sponsor: Funded by Student