Coaches’ migration: a qualitative analysis of recruitment, motivations and experiences

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Borges, M, Rosado, A, de Oliveira, RF and Freitas, F (2014). Coaches’ migration: a qualitative analysis of recruitment, motivations and experiences. Leisure Studies. 34 (5), pp. 588-602. https://doi.org/10.1080/02614367.2014.939988
AuthorsBorges, M, Rosado, A, de Oliveira, RF and Freitas, F
Abstract

© 2014 Taylor & Francis.This study examines sport coaches’ perceptions about their experiences abroad. Coaches are part of a diverse new set of mobilities occurring in the sport labour market. However, few authors explored the individual cases of coaches’ migration. Here, we examine coaches’ recruitment process, motivations to migrate and their experiences abroad. Participants were five migrant coaches chosen through purposive sampling to achieve a pool of deep and rich data regarding the research topic. Data was collected using semi-structured interview questionnaires. For the exploration and analysis of the qualitative data, we used MAXQDA 11 software package. The results showed that all coaches migrated through an informal mechanism of recruitment which relied on their networks. Their discourse suggested they fit three types of migration referred in the literature: ambitionist, cosmopolitan and pioneer. Their experiences abroad were mainly related to their professional career and adaptation. All coaches reported that their experience was positive and they recommend that other coaches migrate as well. These results are important for the understanding of sport migration not least because coaches are at the core of the migration process of various stakeholders.

Keywordscareer; coaching; decision-making; globalisation; migration; network; 1506 Tourism; 1504 Commercial Services; Sport, Leisure & Tourism
Year2014
JournalLeisure Studies
Journal citation34 (5), pp. 588-602
PublisherTaylor & Francis Online
ISSN0261-4367
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/02614367.2014.939988
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02614367.2014.939988
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Accepted16 Jun 2014
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