PhD Title: Phenomenological study of youth performance coaches lived experiences.
Supervisors: Professor K Armour
I have been working and studying coaching in the public, private and voluntary sector sports organisations for about ten years. My background in the sport industry is very much youth focused and much of my time has been spent increasing participation and performance in youth basketball. This includes significant time as a volunteer coach, a role I still fulfill today at Burnley Basketball Club in Lancashire.
I am also a lecturer at the University of Cumbria where I lead on the BA (Hons) Coaching and Sport development. I try to ensure my teaching is informed by research and is interactive. My research is focused on coaches, their lives, practice and development and aims to be both theoretically stimulating and relevant to practitioners.