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The use of reflective practice to support mentoring of elite equestrian coaches

J Winfield, J Williams, M Dixon International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring 2013

Many equestrian coaches are self employed and receive no formal support for development after completion of their lead body qualification. This study investigated a potential solution to maintain professional enthusiasm and engagement. Three elite coaches were selected through purposive sampling to engage in a distance mentoring scheme, and data collected via interviews and self-reflection. Key results drawn down from emergent themes were sub-divided into four reflective aspects and four mentoring themes. During this process coaches developed a positive cognitive awareness of their own ability facilitating ownership of their practice. Findings suggest the mentoring process supportive and aided development of self-reflection.

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