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Dr Colum Cronin


Colum has been working and studying sport coaching in public, private and voluntary sector sports organisations for fifteen years. His experience in the sport industry is very much focused on increasing youth participation and performance in basketball. This includes significant time as a coach, referee and coach educator. As a lecturer he tries to ensure his teaching is based on evidence and that his teaching style is interactive. He predominantly teaches on sport coaching and physical education modules. Colum's teaching approach is informed by his PGCE from UCLan and his research interest developed during the completion of an MSc Coaching from Loughborough University. His research is generally qualitative and focuses on coaches lives, practice and development. As part of his PhD, he, along with Professor Kathleen Armour at the University of Birmingham, currently researching the ‘essence’ of youth performance coaching, and the environments (on and off the field) in which it occurs.


2016, University of Birmingham, UK, PhD
2009, Loughborough University, United Kingdom, MSc Sport Coaching
2008, University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom, Post Graduate Certificate Of Education
2001, Northumbria University, United Kingdom, BSc (Hon) Sport Management


Journal Articles

Cronin C, Ryrie A, Huntley T, Hayton J. 2017. ‘Sinking and swimming in disability coaching’: an autoethnographic account of coaching in a new context Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, :1-16 >DOI

Cronin C, Whitehead AE, Webster S, Huntley T. 2017. Transforming, storing and consuming athletic experiences: a coach’s narrative of using a video application Sport, Education and Society, :1-13 >DOI

Cronin C, Armour KM. 2017. 'Being' in the coaching world: new insights on youth performance coaching from an interpretative phenomenological approach SPORT EDUCATION AND SOCIETY, 22 :919-931 >DOI >Link

Cronin CJ, Lowes J. 2016. Embedding experiential learning in HE sport coaching courses: An action research study JOURNAL OF HOSPITALITY LEISURE SPORT & TOURISM EDUCATION, 18 :1-8 >DOI >Link

Cronin CJ, Lowes J. 2016. Brief Encounters with Qualitative Methods in Health Research: Phenomenology and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Cumbria Partnership Journal of Research Practice and Learning,,

Miller PK, Cronin C, Baker G. 2015. Nurture, nature and some very dubious social skills: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of talent identification practices in elite English youth soccer Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 7 :642-662 >DOI

Cronin C, Armour KM. 2015. Lived experience and community sport coaching: A phenomenological investigation SPORT EDUCATION AND SOCIETY, 20 :959-975 >DOI >Link

Bampouras TM, Cronin C, Miller PK. 2012. Performance analytic processes in elite sport practice: An exploratory investigation of the perspectives of a sport scientist, coach and athlete INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS IN SPORT, 12 :468-483 >Link

Miller PK, Rowe L, Cronin C, Bampouras TM. 2012. Heuristic Reasoning and the Observer's View: The Influence of Example-Availability on ad-hoc Frequency Judgments in Sport JOURNAL OF APPLIED SPORT PSYCHOLOGY, 24 :290-302 >DOI >Link

Miller PK, Cronin C. 2012. Rethinking the factuality of ‘contextual’ factors in an ethnomethodological mode: towards a reflexive understanding of action-context dynamism in the theorization of coaching Sports Coaching Review, 1 :106-123 >DOI

Internet Publications

Whitehead AE, walsh B, cronin C, quayle L, Whittaker E. 2016. Back to Netball changing lives! >Link

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

Title of presentation: Caring in the Uncaring football world, Conference title: Future Football: a design for life”: Conference by The Football Collective at FC United, Place/location of conference: FC Utd Manchester, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Growing the Elite Athlete: John Dewey and Sport Coaching, Conference title: Democracy and Education: 100 Years on, Place/location of conference: Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Talent identification in English youth soccer: exploring the lived experiences of professional gatekeeper coaches, Conference title: 4th International Conference for Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, Place/location of conference: Loughborough University, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: Working with ‘Real Kids’; How do Novice Coaches Experience Early Coaching Activities?, Conference title: British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists, Place/location of conference: University of Central Lancashire, Presentation type: Poster presentation

Title of presentation: Care: An Essence of Youth Performance Coaching, Conference title: Third Biannual International Coaching Conference, Place/location of conference: Manchester Metropolitan University, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: The Lifeworld of Youth Performance Sport Coaches, Conference title: British Sociological Association Sport Study Group, Place/location of conference: Edge Hill University, Presentation type: Oral presentation