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Dr Laura Gale

Lecturer in Sport Coaching and Performance

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • School of Sport Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Qualifications

  • BSc (University of Hull)
  • PhD / DPhil (University of Hull)
  • PGCert (University of Hull)
  • FHEA (Manchester Metropolitan University)
  • PGCLTHE (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Summary

Laura has been a Lecturer in Sport Coaching and Performance at the University of Hull since September 2023. Prior to joining the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, Laura has worked as a Lecturer in Sport Coaching at Manchester Metropolitan University (2016-2023) and Leeds Trinity University (2015-2016). During this time, Laura has also co-generated income through the delivery of externally funded research contracts with Active Partnerships and Community Football Trusts.

Before starting her lecturing and research career Laura completed her honours degree in Sport Coaching and PhD in the Sociology of Sport at the University of Hull in the Department of Sport, Health and Exercise Science. Alongside her academic work, Laura is also an experienced Community Sport Coach and Swimming Coach.

Introduction to Coaching Pedagogy (L4)

Preparation for Learning (HE Study Skills) (L4)

Contemporary Issues in Coaching Pedagogy (L5)

Qualitative Research Methods (L5)

Project Supervisor (L6 & L7)

Recent outputs

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Book Chapter

Foreword

Ives, B., & Gale, L. (2019). Foreword. In L. Gale, & B. Ives (Eds.), Sports coaching in the community: Developing knowledge and Insight. Manchester: Manchester Metropolitan University

Journal Article

'I'm not the police': practical strategies for sport coach mentors to develop trust and trustworthiness

Ives, B., Clayton, B., Gale, L., Taylor, W., Leeder, T. M., & Nichol, A. J. (in press). ‘I’m not the police’: practical strategies for sport coach mentors to develop trust and trustworthiness. Qualitative research in sport, exercise and health, https://doi.org/10.1080/2159676x.2023.2271015

Repairing relationship conflict in community sport work: "Offender" perspectives

Gale, L. A., Ives, B. A., Potrac, P. A., & Nelson, L. J. (2022). Repairing relationship conflict in community sport work: “Offender” perspectives. Qualitative research in sport, exercise and health, 15(3), 417-430. https://doi.org/10.1080/2159676X.2022.2127861

Uncertainty, shame and consumption: negotiating occupational and non-work identities in community sports coaching

Ives, B. A., Gale, L. A., Potrac, P. A., & Nelson, L. J. (2019). Uncertainty, shame and consumption: negotiating occupational and non-work identities in community sports coaching. Sport, Education and Society, 26(1), 87-103. https://doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2019.1699522

Trust and distrust in community sports work: Tales from the "shop floor"

Gale, L. A., Ives, B. A., Potrac, P. A., & Nelson, L. J. (2019). Trust and distrust in community sports work: Tales from the “shop floor”. Sociology of Sport Journal, 36(3), 244-253. https://doi.org/10.1123/SSJ.2018-0156

Research interests

Laura's research focuses on the socio-political, pedagogical, and emotional features of sport coaching, with a particular emphasis on community sport coaching contexts. Laura's research principally utilises qualitative research methods and interactionist theoretical frameworks to understand sport workers' experiences of the everyday social realties of their organisational role.

Laura has edited and co-edited two textbooks in this area:

Sports coaching in the community: developing knowledge and insight (2019).

Community sport coaching: policies and practice (2022).

Laura also has over 15 book chapters in sports coaching related textbooks.

Postgraduate supervision

Postgraduate supervision completions:

PhD Consterdine, A. (Completed 2020). Power, control and micro-politics within elite track and field athletics in the UK. Manchester Metropolitan University (Director of Studies).

MRes Haviland, N. (Completed 2018). Understanding healthy lifestyles: a phenomenological and sociodemographic exploration of parental and child perceptions. Manchester Metropolitan University (Co-Supervisor).

Current postgraduate supervision:

PhD Skeen, R. (In progress). Mentoring in Community Sport Coaching. University of Gloucestershire (Co-Supervisor).

PhD Hobbs, C. (In progress). An ethnographic study into active campus initiatives in higher education. Manchester Metropolitan University (Co-Supervisor).

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