Paul Garner MSc, BSc

Paul Garner

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Assistant Professor Sport Coaching and Player Development

Paul Garner has an international reputation for research and expertise in coach development. His work centres around the interpersonal knowledge requisite of effective coaches and coach developers, and in particular the intentions behind behaviour.


MSc Sports Coaching 2013

BA (Hons) Sport Science & French 1996


Paul has an international reputation for research and applied interventions in coach development. His research primarily focuses on the relational element of coaching, supporting coaches and coach educators with their intra- and inter- personal knowledge, culture development and leadership. Having represented Great Britain as a member of the British Alpine Skiing Demonstration Team, he has worked extensively in snow sports as a performer, coach, coach developer and assessor. Paul continues to work closely with a number of governing bodies including British Association of Snowsport Instructors, British Equestrian Federation, GB Rowing, Table Tennis England, PGA, England Lacrosse, to drive excellence in coach education, development and assessment across the coaching landscape.


Paul contributes to modules across the school primarily in sport coaching and professional practice.


Coach development, leadership, coach assessment, professional development



Garner, P. (Ed.). (2011). The BASI Manual – Alpine. British Association of Snowsport Instructors Link



  1. Garner, P., Roberts, W., Baker, C. and Côté, J. (2022). Characteristics of a person-centred coaching approach. International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching, 17(4), 722-733.
  2. Garner, P., Turnnidge, J., Roberts, W., & Côté, J. (2020). How coach educators deliver formal coach education: a full range leadership perspective. International Sport Coaching Journal, 8(1), 23-33 
  3. Garner, P. and Hill, D. M. (2017). Cultivating a Community of Practice to Enable Coach Development in Alpine Ski Coaches. International Sport Coaching Journal, 4(1), 63-75.  
  4. Padley, S., Wintle, J., Judge, N. and Garner, P. (2014). Informal learning through communities of practice: Enhancing primary teachers’ CPD through collaborative partnerships. Physical Education Matters, 9 (3). p. 46. ISSN 1751-0988 


1.      Garner, P. (2021). Coaching Legacy. In: Connected Equestrian Coaches Conference, 12th October 2021, online.

2.      Garner, P., and Roberts, W.M.(2020). Exploring Humility in Coach Behavior. In: UK Coaching Research Conference, March 2020, Derby, England.

3.      Padley, S., GarnerP. and Castro, J. (2015). Football for moral development: The challenge of contemporary competitive culture. In: Football as 'Inclusive Leisure': A one day conference for Football Industry Professionals and Scholars of Football-related Studies, 20th May 2015, Southampton Solent University.

4.      Garner, P. (2015). Cultivating a community of practice to explore coach learning. Sport and Leisure Symposium, 27-28th Feb 2015, Manchester Metropolitan University.

5.      Padley, S., Wintle, J., Judge, N. and Garner, P. (2014). Informal learning through communities of practice – Enhancing primary teachers CPD through collaborative partnerships. The Association for Physical Education National Conference for Physical Education and School Sport, 8th July 2014, St. George's Park, Burton on Trent.

6.      Garner, P., Malthouse, R. and Lewis, G. (2015) TIED: A practical application of Kolb’s experiential learning cycle in snowsport teaching. Interski Congress, September 2015, Ushuaia, Patagonia. Link

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