Through Coaching: Examining a Socio-ecological Approach to Sports Coaching

  • Ruth JeanesEmail author
  • Jonathan Magee
  • Justen O’Connor


The purpose of this chapter is to critically examine contemporary sports coaching, and to consider how social ecology might provide a valuable framework for critiquing current expectations placed on coaches, and how a socio-ecological approach may improve coaching practice. There are significant and diverse demands now being placed on the ‘grassroots’ community coach that are under-researched and under-theorised within the academic community and rarely considered by coach educators and policy makers. This chapter firstly uses a socio-ecological framework to deconstruct some of the assumptions which underpin ‘sport for social good’ projects. Secondly, a socio-ecological approach is presented as a possible alternative way to underpin sports coaching that is seeking to lead to certain wider social outcomes. The chapter concludes by suggesting that the holistic vision encouraged by a socio-ecological framework can offer a great deal for conceptualising of effective sports coaching.


Socio-ecological coaching Community coaching Social justice 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruth Jeanes
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jonathan Magee
    • 2
  • Justen O’Connor
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationMonash UniversityFrankstonAustralia
  2. 2.School of Sport Tourism and the OutdoorsUniversity of Central LancashirePrestonUK

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