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Research Centre for Sport Coaching


The Centre conducts high quality research that seeks to further our understanding of the dynamic processes involved in sport coaching. We do this in order to improve participant and professional experience, and inform national and international policy and practice.

Research Themes

Sport Coaching Effectiveness and Professional Practice 

This theme embraces research and scholarly writing that explores the crucial issue of what constitutes effective coaching practice. The focus ranges from conceptual debate about effectiveness as a construct, to the coaching behaviours that underpin effective planning and delivery. Our aim is to contribute to a greater understanding of coaching expertise, and to disseminate and translate research that will facilitate and complement an emerging realisation of ‘professionalism’ as a valuable descriptor of coaches’ practice. Research centres on issues such as development versus performance outcomes; the influence of role and domain expectations; means of evaluating effectiveness; mechanisms for the alignment of goals and context; the cognitive process that enable micromanagement of coach interventions (models, decision making); and the particularity of context in coaching practice.

Coach Learning, Development and Education 

Drawing together researchers and practitioners who are interested in developing coaches, work within this theme draws upon varied philosophical, theoretical and methodological approaches to describe and critique the existing practice of coach education. This then generates more effective and novel approaches to developing coaches at all levels. The aim of the work undertaken within this theme is to have a strong practical impact in the world of coach education and development.


  • Union of European Football Associations
  • International Council for Coaching Excellence
  • English Football Association
  • UK Sport
  • Sport England
  • Sport Coach UK
  • Sport Wales
  • British Athletics
  • European Coaching Council
  • English Rugby Football Union
  • Rugby Football League
  • British Cycling
  • The Royal British Legion (Battle Back Centre at Lilleshall)
  • BUPA Start to Move
  • Adventures Beyond Barriers
  • Carnegie Great Outdoors
  • Bradford SILC
  • Become Charity (formerly The Who Cares? Trust)
  • Active Leeds
  • Leeds Rhinos RLFC
  • Yorkshire Carnegie RUFC
  • Natural England
  • Active Leeds
  • Cheshire Wildlife Trust
  • South Pennine Local Nature
  • England and Wales Cricket Board
  • Project CoachLearn
  • International Council for Sporting Excellence
  • Your Backyard