Factors affecting the job satisfaction of South African sport coaches

  • Paul C Singh Department of Sport and Movement Studies, University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park, Republic of South Africa
  • Jhalukpreya Surujlal Department of Office and Sport Management, Vaal University of Technology, Vanderbijlpark, Republic of South Africa


Sport organisations today face heightened competition on a global basis resulting in their raising expectations regarding results. Sport coaches are thus experiencing increased pressures with regard to recognition for good work done, compensation and support, rapport with colleagues, and supervision that influence their job satisfaction. The aim of this study was to determine the nature and extent of job satisfaction of coaches. The sample consisted of 250 coaches to whom a validated coach satisfaction questionnaire was administered. The results suggest that coaches derive satisfaction from performing the coaching task itself, but experience dissatisfaction from the compensation, administrative work, media and community support and job security. There is thus a need to devise ways to improve the job satisfaction of coaches.

South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation Vol. 28(1) 2006: 127-136

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