Dr Nicola Clarke, Senior Lecturer

Dr Nicola Clarke

Senior Lecturer

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.

Current Teaching

  • BSc Sports Coaching

Research Interests

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.

Dr Nicola Clarke, Senior Lecturer

Selected Outputs

  • 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.