I obtained a 1st class BA Physical Education degree from the University of East Anglia between 2012-2015 before moving on to Loughborough University, where I achieved a MSc in Sports Coaching with Merit. My main research interests focus predominantly around coach learning, coach education, mentoring and the sociology of sport. My MSc. dissertation reflects these interests where my study utilised the sociology of Pierre Bourdieu to analyse a formalised mentoring programme within sports coaching. In October 2016 I returned to the University of East Anglia to study a PhD under the supervision of Dr Kate Russell and Dr Lee Beaumont, with my thesis provisionally entitled:
‘Learning to mentor: A socio-cultural analysis of mentor learning and development within sports coaching’.
Key Research Interests
In general terms, my research looks to investigate what factors influence mentor learning and development within the domain of sports coaching. By using a sample of mentors within the sport of football, this study will focus on the learning of FA Coach Mentors who are working within the formalised FA Coach Mentoring Programme. Specifically, this research will attempt to examine what individual, situated and cultural factors subsequently enhance or potentially hinder their learning. Thus, the findings from this research will aid our understanding on; the influence of a mentor’s past experiences (individual), how mentors learn from others as part of a community of practice (situated) and the also the extent to which learning cultures and wider social structures (cultural) impact upon how mentors learn their role, practice and enhance their knowledge.
External Activities and Indicators of Esteem
In addition to my research, I am an active coaching practitioner with experience of coaching both males and females of varying ages in both participation and performance domains. I am a Level 3 qualified football coach and currently work within the Foundation Phase (U9-U12) at Norwich City FC Academy, alongside coaching within the community at the club’s elite player development centres. I have also previously been employed by organisations and clubs such as Norfolk FA, Suffolk FA and Leicester City FC. Over the next few years I am hoping to develop an academic profile by publishing and presenting the findings from my research together with gaining some lecturing experience.