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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Alex Blackett

Before arriving at the University in January 2010, I studied as an undergraduate at Manchester Metropolitan University gaining a First Class BA (Hons) in Coaching and Sports Development. Coinciding with my studies I worked for Stoke City Football Club’s Community Programme and was involved in a variety of sports development initiatives along with coaching their women’s first and reserve teams. Before academia, I lived in New Zealand where I coached on the International Player Development Programme for the Bay of Plenty Eastern Representative soccer teams as well as coaching in the Midwest of the United States. My PhD was a sociological investigation which focused on the coaching pathways elite male rugby union and association football players negotiated when transitioning into high-performance coaching upon retirement from competitive play.

Department Responsibilities

I primarily teach on the BSc (Hons) Sports Development and Coaching programme. I am module leader for the second year elective module of Project Management for Sport. I also teach on other modules associated to sports coaching, sports development, the sociology of sport and research methods. I currently act as a personal tutor for second year undergraduate Sports Development and Coaching students. I also coordinate a number of supplementary student volunteering opportunities that all sports students can become involved with.

Subject Specialism

Coach Development; Sociology of Coach Education; Professionalisation of Coaching; Coaching Pathways


  • PhD - Understanding the ‘fast-track’ transition between elite athlete and high-performan — University of Lincoln, 2017
  • HEA Fellow — The Higher Education Academy, 2014
  • First Class BA (Hons) Coaching and Sports Development — MMU Cheshire, 2009


  • The Queen’s Award for Voluntary services — Her Royal Majesty The Queen,


Coach mentor of the Students' Union Coaching of Team Sports (COTS) programme. Project lead for the Lincolnshire Gifted and Talented Multiskills Academy Lincolnshire Football Network Committee Member

Research Interests

  • Bourdieu

  • Career Transitions

  • Coach Development

  • Coach Identity

  • Coaching Pathways

  • Foucault

  • History of Sports Coaching

  • Professionalisation of Coaching

  • Sociology of Coach Education

  • Sociology of Sport

  • Symbolic Violence

Research Groups Memberships

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations