Positive youth development (PYD) is a framework that has been widely used within sport research to outline sport’s potential as a developmental context. Past research has indicated how coaches play important roles in facilitating PYD through sport and yet, PYD-related material remains largely absent from mainstream coach education courses (CEC). The purpose of the current study was to examine youth sport coaches’ perspective on PYD and its worth in mainstream coach education courses. The participants were twelve Portuguese youth field hockey coaches (one female and eleven males) who coached athletes between four and eighteen years of age. Findings indicated that coaches valued PYD within their coaching philosophy, but were also highly motivated by performance and improving their players’ motor skills. The participants deemed that CEC generally lack PYD-related material, adding that practical strategies informed by the PYD approach should be inherently part of CEC delivery. The findings have practical implications for coach educators, indicating a need and a desire on the part of coaches to have PYD-related content in mainstream CEC.
Fernando Santos is a lecturer at both the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Higher School of Education and the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo in Portugal. His main areas of research interest include coaching and positive youth development. He currently serves as a coach instructor at the Portuguese Hockey Federation where he is working on a research project examining how positive youth development can be integrated in coach education.
Martin Camiré is an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa’s School of Human Kinetics in Ottawa, Canada. His areas of interest lie in sport psychology and sport pedagogy. Through his research, he is interested in examining how positive youth development can be facilitated in the context of sport and how coaches learn to implement strategies to promote the development of life skills.
Dany MacDonald is an associate professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences at the University of Prince Edward Island. His research interests lie in positive youth development through sport. He focuses on developing instruments to measure positive youth development through sport and around methods of helping coaches incorporate positive youth development practices into the coaching context.
Henrique Campos is a master’s student interested in positive youth development through sport. He is part of the research team at the Portuguese Hockey Federation within the project “The Integration of Positive Youth Development within Coach Education.”
Manuel Conceição has two master´s degree, one in coaching and another in physical education. He has been actively coaching for several years in youth clubs in Portugal. He is also a member of the research team at the Portuguese Hockey Federation within the project “The Integration of Positive Youth Development within Coach Education.”
Ana Silva is a master´s student interested in positive youth development through sport and has been coaching for several years in different sport contexts. She is a member of the research team at the Portuguese Hockey Federation within the project “The Integration of Positive Youth Development within Coach Education.”