The impact of Covid-19 on coaching practice: Results from a global coach survey.

Jonathan Passmore
Qi Liu
David Tee
Sophia Tewald


This paper presents the results from a global coach survey of 1266 coaches from 79 nations conducted inSummer 2021, when the world emerged from global lockdowns and the 18-monthCOVID-19 pandemic. In addition to sharing data on the composition of the global coach community (national residence, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and disability), this study focuses on the impact of the global pandemic on the coaching industry using a quantitative analysis. The findings indicate that age, platform association, pre-pandemic online coaching experiences and average fee were significant predictors of the total impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on coaches. Those least able to adjust and transition to an online environment, or with the least experience working online, reported the greatest detrimental impact. Moreover, the data confirm coaching’s transition towards online delivery, with the pandemic accelerating this process to a point where we believe that this trajectory will continue post-pandemic.To enable the success of this shift, coach supervisors, peer support and professional coach training need to recognise the need for this digital transition and adjust training, support and practices to reflect this new reality.

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