Dr Colum Cronin

Sport and Exercise Sciences

Dr Colum Cronin is an academic member of staff (with teaching duties). He teaches on the BA Physical Education, BSc Sport Coaching and MSc. Coaching courses. On these courses, Colum shares his research, which predominantly explores how coaches can develop caring relationships with athletes. He is the coauthor of the book, Care in Sport Coaching, published by Routledge. Colum's other research interests include disability sport coaching and coach education. He is an associate editor of the academic journal Sports Coaching Review, and was recently awarded the AIESEP (International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education) Young Scholar of the Year Award 2019. He has worked with a number of sporting organisations such as the Football Association and UK Coaching.

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

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer Physical Education and Sport Coaching, Liverpool John Moores University, 2015 - present
Senior Lecturer Sport Pedagogy, University of Cumbria, 2010 - 2015
Lecturer Public Services and Sport, Burnley College, 2002 - present

Highlighted publications

Roberts SJ, Baker M, Reeves MJ, Johnson G, Cronin C. 2019. Lifting the veil of depression and alcoholism in sport coaching: how do we care for carers? Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, DOI Public Url

Daniels L, Cronin C. 2019. Athletes’ views on care in coaching: Perspectives of women footballers in the U.K. Applied Coaching Research Journal, 3 :34-39 Publisher Url Public Url

Cronin C, Knowles Z, Enright K. 2019. The Challenge to Care in a Premier League Football Club Sports Coaching Review, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Cronin C, Armour K. 2018. Care in Sport Coaching Pedagogical Cases Routledge 9781351109291

Cronin C, Walsh BA, Whitehead A, Whittaker E, Quayle L. 2018. Carefully supporting autonomy – learning coaching lessons and advancing theory from women’s netball in England. Sports Coaching Review, 8 :149-171 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

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 Author Url Public Url

Journal article

Dempsey NM, Richardson DJ, Cope E, Cronin CJ. 2020. Creating and disseminating coach education policy: a case of formal coach education in grassroots football Sport, Education and Society, :1-14 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Rudd J, Crotti M, Fitton Davies K, O'Callaghan L, Bardid F, Utesh T, Roberts S, Boddy L, Knowles Z, Foulkes J, Watson P, Pesce C, Button C, Lubans D, Buszard T, Walsh B, Foweather L. 2020. Skill Acquisition Methods Fostering Physical Literacy in Early-Physical Education (SAMPLE-PE): Rationale and Study Protocol for a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial in 5–6-Year-Old Children From Deprived Areas of North West England Frontiers in Psychology, DOI Author Url Public Url

Stephenson J, Cronin C, Whitehead A. 2020. ‘Suspended above, and in action’: Think Aloud as a reflective practice tool. International Sport Coaching Journal / ISCJ, DOI Public Url

Roberts SJ, Baker M, Reeves MJ, Johnson G, Cronin C. 2019. Lifting the veil of depression and alcoholism in sport coaching: how do we care for carers? Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, DOI Public Url

Chapman R, Richardson D, Cope E, Cronin C. 2019. Learning from the past; a Freirean analysis of FA coach education since 1967 Sport, Education and Society, :1-17 DOI Author Url Public Url

Daniels L, Cronin C. 2019. Athletes’ views on care in coaching: Perspectives of women footballers in the U.K. Applied Coaching Research Journal, 3 :34-39 Publisher Url Public Url

Whitehead A, Umeh F, Walsh B, Whittaker E, Cronin C. 2019. Back to Netball: Motivations for participation in a female focused Netball sport program. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Cronin C, Knowles Z, Enright K. 2019. The Challenge to Care in a Premier League Football Club Sports Coaching Review, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Cronin C, Armour K, Enright KJ. 2018. Caring through Science and Autonomy: Terry’s Story

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, 10 :604-619 DOI Author Url Public Url

Cronin C, Walsh BA, Whitehead A, Whittaker E, Quayle L. 2018. Carefully supporting autonomy – learning coaching lessons and advancing theory from women’s netball in England. Sports Coaching Review, 8 :149-171 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

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

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 Author Url Public Url

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,, Publisher Url Public Url

Cronin CJ, Lowes J. 2016. Embedding experiential learning in HE sport coaching courses: An action research study Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education, 18 :1-8 DOI Author Url Public Url

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

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 Author Url Public Url

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 Public Url

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 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

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 Author Url Public Url

Cronin CJ, Miller PK. 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 Publisher Url

Book review

Cronin C. 2020. Sociology, Curriculum Studies and Professional Knowledge: New Perspectives on the Works of Michael Young edited by David Guile, David Lambert and Michael J. Reiss, London, Routledge, 2018, 292, £88, ISBN: 9781138675834 Sport, Education and Society, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Cronin C. 2019. Book Review: Ethics in youth sport: policy and pedagogical applications by Stephen Harvey, and Richard L. Light, (eds.), Abingdon, Routledge, 2012, 240pp., $53 (paperback), $128 (hardback), ISBN 9781138795778 Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 46 :454-457 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Cronin C. 2011. Book Review: Doing your literature review: traditional and systematic techniques, by Jill Jesson, Lydia Matheson and Fiona M. Lacey, London, Sage, 2011, 192 pp., £20.99 (paperback), ISBN: 978-1-848-60154-3 Evaluation and Research in Education, 3 :219-221 DOI Publisher Url

Chapters

Cronin C, Lowes J. 2019. Care in Community Sports Coaching Gale L, Ives B. Sports coaching in the community: Developing knowledge and insight :79-95 Manchester Metropolitan University. Manchester Publisher Url Public Url

Chapman R, Dempsey N, Cronin C, Richardson D. 2019. Developing “the community” through the effective coaching of grassroots football: What’s the role of coach education? Gale L, Ives B. Sports coaching in the community: Developing knowledge and insight :18-33 Manchester Metropolitan University. Manchester Publisher Url

Hayton J, Cronin C, armour K. 2018. The cost of caring: Dave's story Care in Sport Coaching Pedagogical Cases Routledge 9780815363491

Cronin C, Roberts SJ, Cronin O, Armour K. 2018. Caring for, and with, others: Julie's story Cronin C, Armour K. Care in Sport Coaching Pedagogical Cases :82-101 Routledge 9780815363491

Report

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

Whitehead AE, Walsh B, Cronin C, Quayle L, Whittaker E. 2016. Back to Netball changing lives! Author Url Public Url

Book

Cronin C, Armour K. 2018. Care in Sport Coaching Pedagogical Cases Routledge 9781351109291

Poster

Richardson LD, Cronin CJ, Lane KE, Davies IG. 2018. Women's lived experience of fatness. 'My body is not public property!' 6th International Weight Stigma Conference, Leeds Beckett University

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

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

Releasing the Coaching Imagination, AIESEP World Congress, Edinburgh, UK, Oral presentation. 2018

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. 2016

Growing the Elite Athlete: John Dewey and Sport Coaching, Democracy and Education: 100 Years on, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, Oral presentation. 2016

Care: An Essence of Youth Performance Coaching, Third Biannual International Coaching Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, Oral presentation. 2015

The Lifeworld of Youth Performance Sport Coaches, British Sociological Association Sport Study Group, Edge Hill University, Oral presentation. 2015

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. 2014

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. 2012

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