Political Skill in Community Sport Coaching Work

Lee Nelson, Paul Potrac, Laura Gale, Ben Ives, Edward Conway

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This chapter discusses the political skill and exploring why community sport coaches might benefit from developing such social sensibilities. The chapter concludes by considering the place of political skill in the education and continuous professional development of practitioners, including how these interpersonal abilities might be facilitated across the community sport coaching workforce. Ferris et al.'s political skill framework comprises four distinct but interrelated components, namely social astuteness, interpersonal influence, networking ability, and apparent sincerity. Possessing social astuteness could clearly benefit the enactment of community sport coaching work. The chapter argues that political skill is an important but often underrepresented feature of community sport coaching. In the UK – as with many countries – sport gradually became seen as a valid site of public – and thus state – interest, at both elite and recreational level around the middle of the twentieth century.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunity Sport Coaching
Subtitle of host publicationPolicies and Practice
EditorsBen Ives, Paul Potrac, Laura Gale, Lee Nelson
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781003159063
ISBN (Print)9780367746780, 9780367431754
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2021


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