It is well established that coach learning and athlete outcomes can be enhanced through participation in Coach Development Programs (CDPs). Researchers advocate that the quality of CDPs can be improved by: (a) placing a greater emphasis on facilitating coaches’ interpersonal behaviours (Lefebvre, Evans, et al., 2016), (b) using appropriate and systematic evaluation frameworks to guide the evaluation of interpersonally-focused CDPs (Evans et al., 2015), and (c) incorporating behaviour change theories into the design and implementation of these CDPs (Allan et al., 2017). In doing so, the relevance of CDP content and the uptake of this content among coaching practitioners may be enhanced. Transformational leadership theory provides a valuable guiding framework for designing CDPs that aim to promote positive development in youth sport. Thus, the goal of the present paper is to outline the development of a novel, evidence-informed CDP: The Transformational Coaching Workshop and to provide practical strategies for the implementation of this workshop.
Jean Côté is professor and director in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University at Kingston (Canada). His research interests are in the areas of youth sport, coaching, sport expertise, and positive youth development. He is regularly invited to present his work to both sport governing organizations and academic conferences throughout the world.
Jennifer Turnnidge is a PhD student in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University. She completed a Master’s degree in sport psychology, a Bachelors degree in science, and a Bachelors degree in physical health and Education at Queen’s University. Her research interests are in transformational leadership and coaching, peer relationships, and positive youth development in sport.