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Sport Studies Leisure and Nutrition

Dr Gus Ryrie

Dr Gus Ryrie

Telephone: 0151 231 5296



Gus joined Liverpool John Moores University in September 2008 as a Researcher/Teaching Assistant on the Sport Development and Sport Coaching programmes and was subsequently appointed as a Senior Lecturer in 2010.

Gus teaches on a variety of practical and theory based modules on the undergraduate and postgraduate Sport Coaching programmes

Prior to working in higher education, Gus worked for sports coach UK (The National Coaching Foundation) as a coach consultant in the North West of England.

He completed his PhD in May 2017 entitled - Sports coaching in a community setting: How do 'model' community sport coaches define their role?

Other areas of interest are (1) effective coach development within community sports settings; (2) community coaching (disability; after school; PYD)

He is a qualified Coach Educator for UK Coaching, delivering a variety of coach related CPD workshops.


2017, University of Chester, United Kingdom, PhD -, Socio-Psychology/Sport Coaching
2005, University College Chester, United Kingdom, MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
1999, Chester College of Higher Education, United Kingdom, BA (Hons) Sport Science with History

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer, School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition, Liverpool John Moores University, 2010 - present
Teaching/Research Assistant, Faculty of Education, Community and Leisure, Liverpool John Moores University, 2008 - 2010



Ryrie A, Lafferty M. 2019. 'Its not just part of my life, it is my life': The paradoxical identities of a community judo coach Gale L, Ives B. Sports coaching in the community: Developing knowledge and insight Manchester Metroplitan University. Manchester


Huntley T, Whitehead A, Cronin C, Williams C, Ryrie A, Townsend R. 2019. Pan-European Work Force Audit (Output 1) and Best Practice Case Study (Output 2) Report. The Experiences of Coaches in Paralympic and Disability Sport Author Url Publisher Url

Journal article

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 Publisher Url Public Url

Roberts SJ, Fairclough SJ, Ryrie A, Sharpe L. 2012. A computer-based observational analysis of physical education teachers and youth sport coaches pedagogic behaviour International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport,, 3 :498-506 DOI

Roberts SJ, Ryrie A. Socratic case-method teaching in sports coach education: reflections of students and course tutors Sport, Education & Society, 1 :63-79 DOI

Roberts SJ, Reeves MJ, Ryrie A. The influence of physical activity, sport and exercise motives among UK based university students Journal of Further & Higher Education, DOI

Ryrie A, Cullinane D, Roberts SJ. The use of technological based assessment in developing the self-directed learner: a case study in sport coaching Innovations in Practice, 8 :100-109

Conference publication

Whitehead AE, Morley DM, Quayle L, Reeves M, Ryrie A. 2016. How the UK population are using technology to engage in Sport and or Physical Activity, NASPSPA Author Url

Ryrie A, Cullinane D, Roberts S, Reeves MJ. 2015. Empowering self-directed learning in undergraduate students: A case study for sport coach education 10th ICCE Global Coach Conference

Ryrie A, Money J, Fairclough SJ, Holland E. Understanding fundamental movement skills in primary and special education school settings: the perspectives of teachers and sports coaches. British Educational Research Association (BERA),

Ryrie A, Roberts SJ, Reeves, M . Developing pedagogy and practice: supporting and assessing sports coaching students with electronic technologies 16th Annual SEDA Conference 2011: Using Technology to Enhance Learning

Ryrie A, Lafferty ME, Wheeler, T. How do I define what I do? Issues and perspectives of community youth sport coaches (Oral Presentation) 9th ICCE Global Coach Conference

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


Ryrie A, Lafferty ME, Wheeler T. 2015. Empowering performance and development in elite sport settings: The explicit and implicit role of the coach (Poster Presentation) 10th ICCE Global Coaching Conference

Ryrie A, Lafferty ME, Wheeler T. Professional role complexity: The perspectives of community youth sport coaches (Poster Presentation) 9th ICCE Global Coach Conference


Ryrie A. Sport coaching in a community setting: How do community sport coaches' define their role? Lafferty ME, Wheeler TJ.

Engagement & Impact

Highlighted activities


Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, HEA. 2010

Professional activities

Conference presentation:

Using ‘Think Aloud’ to reflect on mentor practice: A collaborative action research approach in grassroots football, International Council for Coaching Excellence, Global Coaching Conference, Tokyo, Poster presentation. 2019

Other invited event:

Cluster for Research into Coaching (CRiC) 5th International Conference 2019, Worcester, Think Aloud and Sport Coaching Seminar. 2019

Research Grants Awarded:

Sports Coach UK, Coaching & new technology, Grant value (£): 12,000, Duration of research project: 8 months. 2015


Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, HEA. 2010