|Appears in Collections:||Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport Journal Articles|
|Peer Review Status:||Refereed|
|Title:||Active athlete perceptions of career and education services in the United Kingdom|
|Citation:||North J & Lavallee D (2004) Active athlete perceptions of career and education services in the United Kingdom, Academic Athletic Journal, 17, pp. 34-53.|
|Abstract:||This study examined perceptions of career and education services among a sample of active athletes in the United Kingdom. Employing both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, athletes eligible to receive support services through the United Kingdom Athlete Career and Education Program (ACE UK) were assessed in terms of their views of athlete advisers and ACE UK services. Results revealed that athletes perceived advisors as central to their career and education service provision, and that this accounted predominantly for its success. The adviser's role as a friend, mentor, and motivator was found to be as significant as the adviser being a source of information and advice, as well as a conduit to other more specialized services. Although a large proportion of athletes were aware of and were using ACE UK services, the reasons for not participating included a lack of perceived need, lack of awareness, athletes' time constraints, and access difficulties.|
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