Pedagogical Practice & Professional Development in PE & Sports Coaching

Beyond the field: Working conditions of performance coaches and players

The aim of this work is to explore coaches’ and players’ perceptions and experiences of their working conditions in European sports settings. In particular, this project considers the norms and expectations of their employment and their career trajectories. The value of this work lies in illuminating the employment contexts in which performance coaches and athletes operate.

For more information contact: Dr Laura Purdy


Changing coaching behaviour and practice in English youth football

This is an ongoing research project of 7 years that aims to understand and change practice with professional youth coaches in one north-west English football academy. Over a longitudinal period the research process undertaken has impacted and changed coaches practice (see *Partington et al. 2015).

Recent peer-reviewed publications from the project:

Cope, E., Partington, M., Cushion, C. & Harvey, S. (2016) An Investigation of Professional Top-Level Youth Football Coaches’ Questioning Practice. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. 8(4), 380-393.

*Partington, M., Cushion, C., Cope, E. & Harvey, S. (2015) The impact of video feedback on professional youth football coaches’ reflection and practice behaviour: a longitudinal investigation of behaviour change. Reflective Practice, 16(5), 700-716.

Partington, M., Cushion, C.J. & Harvey, S. (2014) An investigation of the effect of athletes’ age on the coaching behaviours of professional top-level youth soccer coaches. Journal of Sport Sciences, 32(5), 403-414.

Partington, M. & Cushion, C.J. (2013) An investigation of the practice activities and coaching behaviours of professional top-level youth soccer coaches. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 23(3), 373-382.

Partington, M. & Cushion, C.J. (2012) Performance during performance: Using Goffman to understand the behaviours of elite youth soccer coaches during games. Sports coaching Review, 1(2), 93-105.

For more information contact: Mark Partington: