Dr Jimmy O’Gorman

Senior Lecturer in Sports Development, Management and Coaching

Research Group and Institute

  • Politics, Pedagogy & Practice Research Group
  • Sport, Work & Health Research Group


Jimmy O’Gorman is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Development, Management and Coaching in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity where he teaches on the undergraduate Sports Development, Management and Coaching, and the MSc Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health programmes. He is a practicing professional academy football coach, and holds the UEFA B license, the FA Youth Award, Futsal and talent identification qualifications.

Jimmy is also a member of the Centre for Child Protection and Safeguarding in Sport (CPSS).

He joined Edge Hill in 2008 having worked at Staffordshire University as a research assistant (2006-2007). He was awarded his PhD from Loughborough University in 2009 and completed his MA in the Sociology of Sport (2002) at the University of Leicester, and BSc (Hons) in Sport, PE and Recreation with English (2000) at the University of Liverpool.


Jimmy’s research is underpinned by sociological and political science perspectives and focuses on the welfare and well-being of sports workers, coach education, and the development, implementation, and enactment of sport policy and programmes, ranging from community/grassroots to participation and performance contexts.

Jimmy’s research and consultancy work in these areas has informed the development of policy and practice of community and professional sport organisations, including; The Football Association’s Charter Standard Programme for grassroots football clubs, The Football Association’s coach education provision, The Football Association’s Respect campaign and, The International Cricket Council of Europe’s participation strategy.

He has recently edited Junior and Youth Grassroots Football Culture: The Forgotten Game?, published by Routledge in 2018.

External Engagement

Jimmy’s external engagement activities include:

  • Guest Editor, Soccer and Society
  • Media appearances on BBC Breakfast TV, Radio 5 Live, Radio Lancashire to discuss research on referee abuse in football
  • Co-Ordinator of talent identification in football programme with Everton FC in West Lancashire
  • Principle Investigator, ‘An Evaluation of the postgraduate certificate in Coach Development For Members of The Football Association Grassroots Delivery Team’
  • Member of The Football Association Licensed Coaches Club

Selected Publications

  • O’Gorman, J.. Fitzpatrick, D., Sibley, J., Hindmarsh, M., Saskova, Z and Parnell, D. (2018). Contemporary Issues in the Management of Grassroots Football. In S, Chadwick, C. Anagnostopolous, P. Widdop and D. Parnell (eds). Routledge Handbook on Football Business Management, London, Routledge.
  • O’Gorman, J. (Ed.). (2018). Junior and Youth Grassroots Football Culture: The Forgotten Game. London, Routledge.
  • Webb, T., Cleland, J., & O’Gorman, J. (2017). The Distribution of Power through a Media Campaign: The Respect Program, Referees, and Abuse in Association Football. Journal of Global Sport Management, 2(3), 162-181. https://doi.org/10.1080/24704067.2017.1350591
  • Cleland, J., O’Gorman, J., & Webb, T. (2017). Respect? An investigation into the experience of referees in association football. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, https://doi.org/10.1177/1012690216687979
  • Potrac, P., Nelson, L., & O’Gorman, J. (2016). Exploring the everyday realities of grass-roots football coaching: towards a relational perspective. Soccer & Society, 17(6), 910-925. https://doi.org/10.1080/14660970.2015.1100895
  • O’Gorman, J., & Greenough, K. (2016). Children’s voices in mini soccer: an exploration of critical incidents. Soccer & Society, 17(6), 810-826. https://doi.org/10.1080/14660970.2015.1100896
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