Mobility and migration experiences of transnational coaches within the Israeli handball context

Roy David Samuel, Omer Eldadi, Yair Galily, Gershon Tenenbaum

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Objectives: Despite a growing body of literature on athletes' migration, the mobility and migration experiences of coaches have received limited attention. In this study, we explored the mobility and migration experiences of transnational coaches operating within the Israeli handball context. Design: A qualitative study was conducted, underpinned by our relativist ontology and a constructionist epistemological position. Methods: Eight male professionals (e.g., national team coaches, senior team coaches, youth coaches), working (currently, or most recently) in national teams and clubs, who migrated to Israeli handball within the past five years were interviewed. A thematic analysis, integrating inductive and deductive reasoning, was applied in data analysis. Meticulousness was enhanced by focusing on a worthy topic, maintaining credibility, critical friends, producing generalization, and making a significant contribution. Results: The analysis yielded raw-data codes, further organized into lower-order themes and three higher-order themes reflecting transnational coaches' migration and mobility experiences within the Israeli handball context, including (a) cultural transition, (b) cultural adaption, and (c) coaches' personal insights about mobility and migration. The findings are conceptually analyzed and discussed in relation to the previous research on coaches' career migration. Discussion and conclusion: The findings emphasize the complexity of the migration process, accompanied by varying motivations, demands and barriers, active decision-making; all within the framework of cultural adaptation. The participants endorsed a transnational coaching career, driven by their open-mind mentality and personal-professional growth.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101853
JournalPsychology of Sport and Exercise
StatePublished - Mar 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Acculturation
  • Adaptation
  • Cultural transition
  • Handball
  • Israel
  • Thematic analysis


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