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Barnaby is a Lecturer in Sports Coaching in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity. He is a qualified hockey coach and has worked across adult, university, talent and youth club settings in the South and North of England. He sits on the GB Hockey Coaches Advisory Group. Barnaby is also a qualified Physical Education teacher and has coached multisports in the USA.

Research interests

Barnaby’s research centres on the context of talent development. He is particularly interested in the intersection (tensions) of performance and personal development outcomes within talent development environments. This work leads him to focus on the life skills and mental health of youth athletes. Barnaby conceptualised a model of holistic talent development from his PhD that included data from a large number of talent development pathways across Europe with a focus on athlete, parent and practitioner samples. As a pragmatic researcher, he draws upon a wide range of theories and methods to inform his work. His most significant project to date was an ethnography with a professional cricket club in the UK.


Research from his PhD has been featured in various external organisation discourses, including the International Olympic Committee, FIFA, UK Coaching, BASES and GB Hockey coach education content. Before Edge Hill University, Barnaby was completing his PhD at Leeds Beckett University, where he worked for ICOACHKIDS - a global coach education body affiliated with the International Council for Coaching Excellence. In this role, Barnaby produced coach education content shared across a global network of coaches, organised conferences, hosted expert speakers, and supported international collaborations with organisations including NIKE, Royal Belgium Football Association, NOC*NSF, and Sport Ireland. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

PGCert, Physical Education, Loughborough University

Award Date: 1 Jul 2020

BSc, Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Science, University of Birmingham

Award Date: 1 Jul 2019

Sport Coaching, PhD, Leeds Beckett University

Oct 2020 → …

Other positions

Researcher/Part-time Lecturer, Leeds Beckett University

Oct 2020Apr 2024

Research Centres

  • Sport and Mental Health Research Centre

Research Groups

  • Practice in Coaching & Teaching
  • Sport, Physical Activity, Health & Wellbeing


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