Page 1: Survey information and consent

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YOU ARE BEING INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A RESEARCH STUDY.  BEFORE YOU DECIDE IT IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO UNDERSTAND WHY THE STUDY IS BEING UNDERTAKEN AND WHAT PARTICIPATION WILL INVOLVE. PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION CAREFULLY AND DISCUSS IT WITH OTHERS IF YOU WISH.  ASK US IF THERE IS ANYTHING THAT IS NOT CLEAR OR IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION.  TAKE TIME TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT YOU WISH TO TAKE PART.  THANK YOU FOR READING THIS.

What is the purpose of the study?

UK Coaching is a registered charity which aims to support those who deliver great coaching, in a variety of settings (schools, clubs, community, high performance). UK Coaching are working with Liverpool John Moores University to explore how you receive care within your role as a coach. Throughout this survey, you will be asked about you, your coaching, how you view care, and how you would like to be supported as a coach. The survey should take between 10-30 minutes depending on how detailed your responses are. 

Why have I been invited to participate?

You have been invited to participate in the project as a member of your organisation, or relevant sports body has identified you as an active coach.  Therefore, we would like you to consider becoming a participant for this study. 

To be considered for inclusion, you need to be:

1. Someone who identifies as a coach. Coaching is defined as helping an individual to enhance their experience of physical activity and sport by providing guidance and support aligned to their individual needs and aspirations (Coaching Plan for England 2017).

2. Over the age of 17.

Do I have to take part?

No. It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part.  If you do decide to take part, you will be asked to complete the online survey.  Your participation in this study is voluntary. You do not have to become involved nor do you have to give any explanation for choosing not to participate. Choosing not to participate will have no consequences for you and will have no adverse effects on your rights. Equally, should you choose to participate in the study you are free to terminate your participation at any point in the process without having to give an explanation and with no consequences for yourself and no adverse effects on your rights or on services you receive.

What will I do, if I take part in the study?

If you consent to the study, your participation will involve completing this survey. This will typically take 10-30 minutes maximum to complete.  

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?

Due to the nature of the research design, through an online survey, any disadvantages, risks or discomfort from taking part are proposed to be minimal.  However, if any questions cause you discomfort or concern, you can terminate your participation immediately.  You are free to withdraw from participation without any adverse effect to your rights. The research team is also aware that participants are giving up their time to participate and that this may cause an inconvenience.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

The potential benefits of completing the survey are: (1) your participation gives the project team a clearer picture of how coaches feel supported and cared for; (2) the use of your data may assist in the formation and development of learning materials and inform other aspects of the project all of which has the  potential to have wider influence.

What will happen to the data provided and how will my taking part in this project be kept confidential?

The information you provide as part of the study is the research study data.  Any research data from which you can be identified (e.g. from identifiers such as your name, date of birth, audio recording etc.), is known as personal data. Due to the design of this study, no personal data will be collected; as data cannot be identified to an individual, (e.g. data collected anonymously).

There is a drawback to this approach, once individual data is submitted it could not be withdrawn from the study. Therefore, it is important that you carefully consider your participation. 

Data will be stored confidentially for as long as it is necessary to verify and defend when required, the process and outcomes of research. The time period is 5 years. Data will only be accessible to the research team, and data will not be transferred outside of the European Economic Area.

Limits to confidentiality

Confidentiality is ensured throughout this study.

What will happen to the results of the research project?

The research team intends to use the research in three ways (1) data will be used to inform other aspects of the project and in reports to key partners (2) data will be used to support the development of learning materials and (3) in the production of academic journals.

Who is organising and funding/commissioning the study?

This study is organised by Liverpool John Moores University and is funded by UK Coaching.  

Who has reviewed this study?

This study has been reviewed by, and received ethics clearance through, the Liverpool John Moores University Research Ethics Committee (Reference number: 21/SPS/065).

What if something goes wrong?

If you have a concern about any aspect of this study, please contact the relevant investigator who will do their best to answer your query. The researcher should acknowledge your concern within 10 working days and give you an indication of how they intend to deal with it. If you wish to make a complaint, please contact the chair of the Liverpool John Moores University Research Ethics Committee (researchethics@ljmu.ac.uk) and your communication will be re-directed to an independent person as appropriate.

Data Protection Notice

Liverpool John Moores University is the sponsor for this study based in the United Kingdom. We will be using information from you in order to undertake this study and will act as the data controller for this study.  This means that we are responsible for looking after your information and using it properly. Liverpool John Moores University will process your personal data for the purpose of research.  Research is a task that we perform in the public interest. Liverpool John Moores University will keep identifiable information about you for 5 years after the study has finished (until 2026).

Your rights to access, change or move your information are limited, as we need to manage your information in specific ways in order for the study to be reliable and accurate. If you withdraw from the study, we will keep the information about you that we have already obtained. To safeguard your rights, we will use the minimum personally-identifiable information possible. You can find out more about how we use your information by contacting secretariat@ljmu.ac.uk.

If you are concerned about how your personal data is being processed, please contact LJMU in the first instance at secretariat@ljmu.ac.uk. If you remain unsatisfied, you may wish to contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Contact details, and details of data subject rights, are available on the ICO website at: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/data-protection-reform/overview-of-the-gdpr/individuals-rights/

Contact for further information:               

Name of principal researcher:  Dr Colum Cronin 

Contact details of principal researcher:  Liverpool John Moores University, School of Sport and Exercise Science, Student Life Building, Copperas Hill, Liverpool, L3 5GE.
Email: C.J.Cronin@ljmu.ac.uk

Consent 

By completing and submitting this survey you are providing your consent to participate. You can withdraw from the study at any time by closing your web browser prior to submitting or by emailing the lead researcher if you have already submitted your response and request for your data to be permanently deleted.