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Motives influencing soccer coaching : an empirical study of professional soccer coaches in South Africa

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posted on 2011-09-01, 00:00 authored by J Surujlal, Sheila Nguyen
Heightened competition both on a global and national level has raised the bar regarding the expectations that sport organisations have of their coaches. Using the Self-Determination Theory (SOT), which emphasizes the distinction between intrinsically- and extrinsically- driven behaviours, the current study investigated the specific intrinsic and extrinsic factors that motivate professional soccer coaches in South Africa to coach. A non-experimental design using a quantitative approach to assess the motives of individual involvement of coaches in South Africa was employed. The Coach Motivation Scale (CMS) designed to assess motivational factors in coaching was administered to a purposive sample of 112 soccer coaches. Exploratory factor analysis was used to assess the number and nature of factors of the underlying structure of the data. In addition, correlation analysis was conducted on the data set. Both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation correlated significantly with highest academic qualification. Arising from the findings of the study implications for further study are suggested and recommendations made.



African journal for physical, health education, recreation and dance


Supplement 1


286 - 296


Africa Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance/LAM Publications


Thohoyandou, South Africa





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C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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