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An ethnographic case study of kayak slalom performer development coaching

This chapter shows how the embedded, relational and emergent (ERE) model can be used to underpin interdisciplinary primary coaching research. It considers the study as a critical realist-informed researcher, theoretically informed by the ERE model. This approach was chosen to allow sufficient immersion and time to explore and understand coaching practice and effectiveness in the coaching context. Canoeing is a participation sport, with around 1.8 million children and adults engaging on a yearly basis, and 350000 on a monthly basis, across the UK. The sport's governing body received government and National Lottery funding for community, performer development and high performance programmes. A very important finding in the research was the development of a strong set of interpersonal resources—a distinctive culture, set of relationships and practices that emerged within the core group and parents. The chapter uses the components of the ERE model to describe the coaching context.