Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in Coach Development

Robert Townsend, Andrew Bennie, Kate Russell

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This chapter serves as a resource for coaches, researchers, and policymakers seeking to advance diversity and inclusion in coach education and development. The ‘turn’ to diversity and inclusion continues to gain traction in sport coaching as a means of addressing the historical patterns of exclusion and absence that limit opportunities for coaches from marginalised backgrounds. In this chapter we explore different dimensions of diversity and inclusion encompassing disability, indigeneity, sexuality, and gender diversity, examining the barriers and challenges faced by these groups in coach education and development and highlighting various pathways and initiatives for inclusion. Specifically, we explore strategies for addressing ableism, building cultural competence, and promoting inclusive and culturally safe learning environments for underrepresented groups. By shedding light on these challenges, the chapter underscores the need for deliberate efforts and structural changes to coach development as a means of promoting greater participation in, and mobility across, sport coaching roles and pathways. We conclude the chapter by reflecting on core issues and future directions for researchers and practitioners wishing to advance diversity and inclusion in their institutional contexts, ensuring that diversity is not merely acknowledged, but celebrated and valued.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Coach Development in Sport
EditorsSteven B. Rynne, Clifford J. Mallett
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9780367750879
Publication statusPublished - May 2024

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