Dr Nicola Clarke
Nicola is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching and joined Leeds Beckett University in 2015. Her research interests include parenting in youth sport and qualitative research methods.
Nicola's PhD research at Loughborough University was funded by the English Football Association, and explored the experiences of parents in elite youth football academies. She has used her findings to create psychology workshops and resources for parents.
Nicola's understanding of sports coaching policy and practice is informed by her professional experience working as a sport development officer for the Youth Sport Trust and the English Table Tennis Association. She is also a korfball coach and referee. Her research seeks to provide insight into how children and their families experience youth sport, and what this means for coaches and sport organisations.
- BSc Sports Coaching
Adopting a social psychological perspective, Nicola's research explores parenting in youth sport. Using a range of phenomenological and discursive methods, she is interested in understanding the experiences of young sports performers and how their participation impacts on their families.
By examining the unique culture of elite sport, Nicola addresses how the social context influences parent-child-coach interactions and aims to explicate how families manage the transitions that children may experience in sport. In addition, Nicola has a particular interest in how methodological pluralism in qualitative research can be used to produce multiple and varied understandings of complex phenomena.
Clarke NJ; Caddick N; Frost N (2016) Pluralistic Data Analysis: Theory and Practice. In: Smith B; Sparkes AC ed. Routledge Handbook of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp. 368-381.
Wiltshire G; Clarke N; Phoenix C; Bescoby C (2020) Organ transplant recipients’ experiences of physical activity: health, self-care and transliminality. Qualitative Health Research
Clarke NJ; Cushion CJ; Harwood CG (2018) Players’ Understanding of Talent Identification in Early Specialization Youth Football. Soccer and Society, 19 (8), pp. 1151-1165.
Clarke NJ; Harwood CG; Cushion CJ (2016) A phenomenological interpretation of the parent-child relationship in elite youth football. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 5 (2), pp. 125-143.
Clarke NJ; Willis MEH; Barnes JS; Caddick N; Cromby J; McDermott H; Wiltshire G (2015) Analytical Pluralism in Qualitative Research: A Meta-Study. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 12 (2), pp. 182-201.
Clarke NJ; Harwood CG (2014) Parenting experiences in elite youth football: A phenomenological study. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 15 (5), pp. 528-537.