Martin Longworth

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Research interests

Martin's research area comprises a critical sociology of sports coaching, pedagogy and performance which informs applied practice.

The purpose is to examine the complexity of coaching contexts in an attempt to develop greater ‘reality grounded’ preparation programmes for students and coaches.

In an attempt to explore such uncertainties, dilemmas and micro-political actualities he embraces a range of qualitative research methods as ways of better understanding sports coaching and sport performance.

Current teaching

Martin is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching and PE. His leadership responsibilities are to Programme manage the MSc Sports Coaching provision alingside teaching and module leading across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, as well as PhD supervision. He achieved Fellow status of the Higher Education Academy in 2018 and Senior Fellow status in 2022.

External positions and memberships

Football Association of Wales – Licenced Coach. UEFA C Licence and UEFA B Licence Tutor

Union of European Football Associations – Licenced Coach

The Centre for Football Research in Wales - Researcher and Member

The Centre for Football Research in Wales | University of South Wales

British Sociological Association – Member 


Previous positions

Lecturer in Sports Coaching & Performance, University of Wolverhampton. 2017-2019

Tutor in Sports Coaching and Football, Cardiff Metropolitan University. 2014-2017

Module Co-ordinator (Research Methods), Bridgend College. 2016-2017


Research and knowledge exchange collaborations

Hartpury Sports Coaching Centre - Director (2021-Present)

Hartpury Sports Coaching Centre — Hartpury University (

Education/Academic qualification

Sports Coaching, SportD, Exploring The Reality of Student-Coaches Work-Based Learning, Cardiff Metropolitan University


Teaching in Higher Education and Professional Practice, PgC, University of Wolverhampton


Sports Coaching, MSc, An [Auto]-Ethnographic Study of A Football Coach’s Experience in Coach Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University


Sport & PE, BSc, Preparing Coaches to Coach: Examining Coaches’ Experiences of Coach Education in Soccer , Cardiff Metropolitan University


External positions

UEFA B Licence Tutor, Football Association of Wales

1 Jun 2018 → …


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