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Supporting parents of male academy footballers: An action research study

Rachel Newport, Camilla Knight Orcid Logo, Tom Love Orcid Logo

Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Pages: 1 - 32

Swansea University Authors: Rachel Newport, Camilla Knight Orcid Logo, Tom Love Orcid Logo

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The purpose of this study was to develop, implement, and evaluate a support program for parents of male youth academy footballers. Drawing on an action research methodology, underpinned by an interpretivist philosophical approach, this study comprised two action research cycles conducted over a thre...

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Published in: Journal of Applied Sport Psychology
ISSN: 1041-3200 1533-1571
Published: Informa UK Limited 2024
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa65640
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Abstract: The purpose of this study was to develop, implement, and evaluate a support program for parents of male youth academy footballers. Drawing on an action research methodology, underpinned by an interpretivist philosophical approach, this study comprised two action research cycles conducted over a three-year period. The first action research cycle was the development, delivery, and evaluation of a six-session parent support program, along with three cultural changes. Following evaluation and reflection, the parent support program was modified to comprise a ‘Being a Football Parent’ booklet, a 90-minute support session, and three further cultural changes. Overall, the results highlight the benefits of providing support to parents within youth academy football through a variety of modes and particularly targeting actions at the culture in which parents are situated. This study also demonstrates the value of using action research and having a practitioner-researcher embedded within organizations to facilitate such change. However, there were several challenges when implementing this parent support program and frustrations when creating change within the culture. Guidance for future parent support programs and further research are detailed.
Keywords: Action Research; Culture; Education; Parents; Youth Sport
College: Faculty of Science and Engineering
Funders: European Social Fund
Start Page: 1
End Page: 32