n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Training of sport coaches : examining the relationship between coach training and demographic variables

Supplement 2
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


For a sport organisation to survive in an increasingly competitive environment, differentiation on the basis of skills, knowledge and motivation of the coaching workforce are significant factors to consider. It is for this reason that the training of human resources is of utmost important to its success. The purpose of the study was therefore to examine the relationship between coach training and selected demographic variables. Convenience sampling with regard to the availability and accessibility of sport coaches at various sport organisations in the nine provinces in South Africa was used was used to recruit participants for the study. A two-section questionnaire was administered to sport coaches in the 9 provinces of South Africa. A total of 238 sport coaches completed the questionnaire. The majority of coaches were in the age group between 36 to 45 years (40.8%). Results indicated the existence of a positive practical significant relationship with a medium effect between gender and a main sporting code as well as a negative practical significant relationship with age. A practical significant relationship was found between years of experience and levels of qualification and team sport coached for longer than 5 years. No relationship exists between main sporting code, age, province and training. ANOVA analysis indicated that a statistically significant difference exists between males and female coaches, highest level of professional coaching, number of teams coached in the past five years, main sport that was coached and province. In order to attract and retain customers (athletes, spectators and sponsors), sport organisations need to ensure that they have competent and qualified coaches. It is therefore recommended that sport organisations emphasise coach education and training by providing sports coaches the opportunity to enhance their competency and improve their qualifications.

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