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Dr Colum Cronin

Biography

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, took a phenomenological approach to explore the ‘essence’ of youth performance coaching, and the environments (on and off the field) in which it occurs. Currently, he is researching areas such as Care in coaching, with a forthcoming book and is also supervising PhD students exploring coach education with the Football Association.

Degrees

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

Publications

Highlighted publications

Cronin C, Ryrie A, Huntley T, Hayton J. 2017. 'Sinking and swimming in disability coaching': a narrative of coaching in a new context Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, >DOI

Cronin C, Whitehead AE, Webster S, Huntley T. 2017. Transforming, storing and consuming athletic experiences; a coach’s narrative of using a video app. Sport, Education and Society, >DOI >Link

Cronin C, Armour KM. 2015. ‘Being’ in the coaching world: new insights on youth performance coaching from an interpretative phenomenological approach Sport, Education and Society, >DOI

Journal article

Walsh B, Whittaker E, Cronin C, Whitehead AE. 2018. ‘Net Mums’: a narrative account of participants’ experiences within a netball intervention McGannon K. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, >Link

Cronin CJ, Walsh B, Quayle L, Whittaker E, Whitehead A. 2018. Carefully supporting autonomy – learning coaching lessons and advancing theory from women’s netball in England. Sports Coaching Review, >DOI

Cronin C, Ryrie A, Huntley T, Hayton J. 2017. 'Sinking and swimming in disability coaching': a narrative of coaching in a new context Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, >DOI

Cronin C, Whitehead AE, Webster S, Huntley T. 2017. Transforming, storing and consuming athletic experiences; a coach’s narrative of using a video app. Sport, Education and Society, >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,,

Cronin C, Armour KM. 2015. ‘Being’ in the coaching world: new insights on youth performance coaching from an interpretative phenomenological approach Sport, Education and Society, >DOI

Cronin CJ, Miller PK, 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 and Exercise, >DOI

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

Cronin CJ, Miller PK. 2013. Rethinking the factuality of “contextual” factors in an ethnomethodological mode: Towards a reflexive understanding of action-context dynamism in the theorisation of coaching Sport Coaching Review, 2 :1-17 >DOI

Cronin CJ, Miller PK, Bampouras TM. 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

Cronin CJ, Miller PK, Rowe L, 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

Cronin CJ, Lowes J. Embedding experiential learning in HE sport coaching courses: An action research study Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education, >DOI

Internet publication

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

Conference publication

Ryrie A, Cronin C, Huntley T, Hayton J. 'Sinking and swimming in disability coaching': A narrative of coaching in a new context ICCE 11th Global Coach Conference

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

Caring in the Uncaring football world, Future Football: a design for life”: Conference by The Football Collective at FC United, FC Utd Manchester, Oral presentation

Growing the Elite Athlete: John Dewey and Sport Coaching, Democracy and Education: 100 Years on, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, Oral presentation

Talent identification in English youth soccer: exploring the lived experiences of professional gatekeeper coaches, 4th International Conference for Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, Loughborough University, Oral presentation

Working with ‘Real Kids’; How do Novice Coaches Experience Early Coaching Activities?, British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists, University of Central Lancashire, Poster presentation

Care: An Essence of Youth Performance Coaching, Third Biannual International Coaching Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, Oral presentation

The Lifeworld of Youth Performance Sport Coaches, British Sociological Association Sport Study Group, Edge Hill University, Oral presentation