It is a research proposal .The main aim of the research is to establish the relationship between a player and a coach and how that can influence positively or negatively individually [login to view URL] quality of the relationship created between player and coach is extremely important as it has far-reaching effects on the young player. Indeed, it affects their well-being , coping strategies and sporting performance .There is a direct link between the coach-player relationship and the quality of the athlete's performance . For the purpose of the research ,players aged 16-25 from England and Italy affiliated with the English and Italian federations respectively will be selected to answer a pre-determined athlete-player relationship questionnaire . To assess the relationship between coach and player, the Questionnaire on the relationship between athlete and coach (CART - Q) of Jowett and Ntoumanis of 2004 will be used. The questionnaire consists of 11 items that measure the closeness, mutual commitment and complementarity that is created between player and coach.
Players under the age of 18 will be asked to provide explicit consent and parental signature to allow them to complete the questionnaire anonymously for the research conducted.
The same method will be applied for coaches who must come from English or Italian amateur/semi-professional/professional leagues affiliated with the respective federations. They will be asked the same questionnaire as the players and semi-structured interviews will also be conducted.
The number of athletes involved can vary from a minimum of 10 per country involved to a maximum of 20 players involved, but each of them must come from a different team. The number of coaches involved will start from a minimum of 6 to a maximum of 12.