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posted on 2022-12-19, 12:15 authored by Robyn Jones, Lars Tore Ronglan

 The general purpose of this article is threefold. Firstly, it is to further the notion of coaching as orchestration through developing insight into precisely how and what coaches orchestrate. Secondly, it is to firmly position coaching as a relational practice, whilst thirdly it is to better define coaching’s complex nature and how it can be somewhat ordered. Following an introduction where the purpose and value of the article are outlined, we present the reflective method of critical companionship through which we explored and addressed the aforementioned purposes. The case for the quiddity, or the ‘just whatness’ (i.e. the inherent nature or essence) of coaching as involving complex, relational acts which can be somewhat explained through recourse to the developing theory of orchestration is subsequently made. In doing so, two precise examples of how we as coaches orchestrate sporting practice are presented. The article concludes with both a summary of the principal argument(s) made, and some reflective considerations for future directions. 


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Sport, Education and Society


Taylor & Francis


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Jones, R. and Ronglan, L. T. (2017) 'What do coaches orchestrate? Unravelling the 'quiddity' of practice', Sport, Education and Society, pp.1-11. doi: 10.1080/13573322.2017.1282451

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  • Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences

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Robyn Jones

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