Sam Wood

Sport Studies Leisure and Nutrition

My PhD is an evaluation of British Cycling’s Coach Education Pathway. Through an interpretative ethnographic study my work explores the contexts and mechanisms responsible for producing certain outcomes within the coach education pathway. Using symbolic interactionism and ethnography, my research explores perceptions of the intent and efficacy of coach education across Levels 1, 2 and 3 from the viewpoint of a range of practitioners, subsequently monitoring the ‘wash-out’ effect of policy to practice longitudinally, as coaches return to their natural coaching environments.


Staffordshire University, United Kingdom, MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology
Open University, United Kingdom, MA Education
University of Hull, United Kingdom, Postgraduate Certificate in Education
University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, Postgraduate Certificate in Sport Coaching
Open University, United Kingdom, BSc(Hons) Psychology


Wood S. 2020. ‘[Riding] by the seat of our [Lycra]’: Understanding British Cycling’s Coach Education Pathway Roberts S, Richardson D. Public Url