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SPEX207 Understanding Sports Coaching

An examination of what it means to be a sports coach in Aotearoa/New Zealand, drawing on research grounded in pedagogy, psychology, sociology, economics, gender, environmental science and management.

Are you interested in developing your understanding about what it means to be, and to become, a sports coach? Drawing on theoretically informed sociocultural literature and applied experiences, SPEX 207 explores topics including 'What and who is a sports coach?' and 'becoming a coach', all the while recognising the various, and changing, contexts in which coaching occurs.

Paper title Understanding Sports Coaching
Paper code SPEX207
Subject Sport, Physical Education and Exercise
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $917.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,820.40

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72 points
Recommended Preparation
SPEX 101
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science

Teaching staff

Course Coordinator:  Associate Professor Tania Cassidy


Cassidy, T., Jones, R., & Potrac, P. (2016) Understanding sports coaching. The pedagogical, social and cultural foundations of coaching practice, 3rd edition, London: Routledge.  

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the paper the students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the various ways in which the social, cultural, environmental and individual factors influence coaching practice with particular emphasis on the Aotearoa New Zealand context.
  2. Apply pedagogical strategies and principles when designing and teaching effective coaching sessions to a small group.
  3. Design and implement a sporting tournament.
  4. Demonstrate an appropriate evaluation of the coaching sessions and sporting tournament.
  5. Identify learning theories and discuss how they inform their coaching practice.
  6. Use a digital tool to collect data then use this data to reflect upon their coaching practices.
Teaching Arrangements

The majority of the teaching occurs in a lecture format, but there will be opportunities to participate in some applied coaching experiences and engage with some sports coaching case studies.

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 13:00-13:50 9-16, 18-22
Wednesday 13:00-13:50 9-16, 18-22
Thursday 14:00-14:50 9-16, 18-22