Research Project Title: Investigating innovative coaching pedagogies.

28th Feb 2012

What is the purpose of the project?

This research is trying to find out how high-quality coaches practice in an innovative way.  Taking part in the research is entirely voluntary.  If you decide to take part you are still free to withdraw at any time without giving a reason.

What do I have to do?

In the first instance, all you have to do is complete your normal coaching episodes.  One or two members of the research team will simply observe you as you coach.  These sessions will be confirmed with you at least one week in advance.  In total, we will observe between four and six hours of your coaching.  Our research team will be using a recently published instrument for observing coaches which they will complete using a clipboard, paper and pen.  We will then invite you to participate in an interview relating to your coaching practice.  This will last around 60-75 minutes.  We may also ask you to help us set some focus groups for other key stakeholders (for example, participants or parents).

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?

There are no additional risks to your normal coaching practice for either you or your participants.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

We hope that in examining the findings of our research, you will be able to learn something about your delivery.  For example, we hope to show you the ratio between the amount of tactical and technical points that you address.

What happens when the research study stops?

In the very unlikely event that the research has to stop for any reason, we will notify you immediately and explain why this has occurred.

What if something goes wrong?

Should you feel the need to complain about anything that happens as a result of participating in the research, you should either contact Dr. Don Vinson (contact details below) or the Faculty’s Research Director, Dr. Mark de ste Croix on 01242 715159 or

Will my taking part in this project be kept confidential?

All information collected will be kept strictly confidential.  Members of the research team will have access to your anonymised data; however, your name will not be able to be linked with the research materials and you will not be identified or identifiable in the report or reports that result from the research. 

What will happen to the results of the research project?

We are hoping that the results of the research project will be presented at a number of conferences in the UK over the next two years.  We also hope to publish the findings in at least one academic journal.  You will be presented with a copy of the report findings on completion of the project.

Who is organising and funding the research?

This project is internally funded by the University of Gloucestershire.

Who has reviewed the project?

The project has been reviewed by the University of Gloucestershire Faculty of Applied Sciences Research Ethics Panel.

Contact for further information

Dr. Don Vinson, Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Gloucestershire, Oxstalls Campus, Oxstalls Lane, GL2 9HW 


Tel: 01242 715277

Thank you for taking the time to read through this information – we sincerely thank you for considering contributing to our project.  We very much hope that you will be able to be a part of the research.

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