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Jimmy O’Gorman is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Development, Management and Coaching in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity where he teaches on the undergraduate Sports Development, Management and Coaching, and the MSc Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health programmes. He is a practicing professional academy football coach, and holds the UEFA B license, the FA Youth Award, Futsal and talent identification qualifications.

He joined Edge Hill in 2008 having worked at Staffordshire University as a research assistant (2006-2007).

Research interests

Jimmy’s research is underpinned by sociological and political science perspectives and focuses on the welfare and well-being of sports workers, coach education, and the development, implementation, and enactment of sport policy and programmes, ranging from community/grassroots to participation and performance contexts.

Jimmy’s research and consultancy work in these areas has informed the development of policy and practice of community and professional sport organisations, including; The Football Association’s Charter Standard Programme for grassroots football clubs, The Football Association’s coach education provision, The Football Association’s Respect campaign and, The International Cricket Council of Europe’s participation strategy.

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 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Loughborough University

… → 2009

Sociology of Sport, MA, University of Leicester

… → 2002

Sport, PE and Recreation with English, BSc, University of Liverpool

… → 2000

Research Institutes

  • Institute for Social Responsibility

Research Centres

  • Centre for Child Protection and Safeguarding in Sport

Research Groups

  • Sport, Work and Health Research Group
  • Politics, Pedagogy and Practice Research Group
  • Sport & Exercise Performance, Enhancement & (P)rehabilitation
  • Practice in Coaching & Teaching


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