Spirituality In Sports Leadership

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Initially, spirituality in sport may be difficult to identify yet after closer inspection it is critically clear as one of the main reasons for people pursuing sport and declaring it a passion. The idea that individuals do not passively absorb sport but actively participate with engagement and focus is described by Hungarian psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi to be a highly focused mental state known as ‘flow’. He argues that the most powerful moments in our lives are not the relaxing and receptive events but are the moments when a ‘person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile’. A definition of spirituality is difficult to describe as many would disagree on its meaning,…show more content…
One such leadership course that I am familiar with that offers the above opportunities is the ‘Junior Sport Leadership Course’ or rather JSLA. Its core values include the following statement; ‘Developing leadership – teaching people the ability to organise activities, to lead, motivate and communicate with groups’. These attributes are similar to that of a teacher possessing and students often sympathise with teachers during certain aspects of the course such as the behaviour management module. During this assessment of classroom management I personally require students to lead a session whilst certain individuals have been given flashcards with certain behavioural problems such as creating a disruption or causing disagreement. A secondary important module related to SMSC is fair play, whereby students are required to demonstrate how individuals maintain a sportsmanlike approach through adherence of the rules and respect of officials whilst leading their own
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