Introduction

You are being asked by a University of Worcester PhD student to participate in research. For you to be able to decide whether you want to participate in this project, you should understand what the project is about, as well as the possible risks and benefits in order to make an informed decision. This process is known as informed consent. The following describes the purpose, procedures, possible benefits and risks of the research project. It also explains how your personal information will be used and protected. Once you have read this and your questions about the study are answered, you will be asked to participate in this study. 

Summary of the study
The purpose of this study is to better understand how rowing coaches in Great Britain learn, exploring the nature of the rowing coaching landscape. It is hoped that the project will help coaches to reflect and develop their learning moving forwards. 
Explanation of the study
If you agree to participate, you will be asked to respond to questions about your learning and development experiences as a coach. You will be asked to respond to 6 longer answer questions forming the main part of the survey, followed by 7 multiple choice questions on your coaching experience.
Your participation in the study will last the duration of the completion of the online survey. At the end of the survey you will be asked if you are prepared to be contacted regarding the next stage of the study. Although it would be much appreciated, you are under no obligation to do so. 
Risks and Discomforts
There are no immediate risks and discomfort that could be experienced whilst taking part in the proposed research, however, if you experience any degree of discomfort at any stage you can withdraw from the study without any future consequence. Research gathered will be kept confidential. 
Benefits
From participating in this study you may well reflect more than usual on your coaching journey and learning experiences. Great reflection often has huge benefits in sports coaching, and could aid your and others learning process moving forwards.
Information collected
Only I (Victoria Huckle, researcher) will have access to the obtained data. Electronic files will be stored on a password protected computer. This research may be published, but the information will not be linked to any specific person. All data will remain anonymous to both the researcher and the end user of the research.
Contact information
Please contact researcher Miss Victoria Huckle (hucv1_11@uni.worc.ac.uk) or Director of Studies, Dr Don Vinson (d.vinson@worc.ac.uk) should you have any questions. 

By agreeing to participate in this study, and completing the online survey, you are agreeing that: 

- You have read the above information, and asked any questions that you may have.
- You have been informed of potential risks and they have been explained to your satisfaction.
- Your participation in this research is completely voluntary. 
- You may leave the study at any time.

Thank you for your interest in this project. I hope that you find your participation a valuable reflective exercise.
Victoria

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