Lecturer in Sports Coaching and Physical Education

Christie Scanlon is a lecturer in Sports Coaching and PE and holds responsibilities in teaching, research and administration. Christie holds a Ba Hons in Sports Development & Coaching (Staffordshire University), an MSc in Sports Coaching (University of Birmingham) and is currently undertaking a PhD in Sociology at Liverpool John Moore’s University. Christie further holds a higher education teaching certification and is a licenced football coach.

Christie has held previous positions at Staffordshire University and West Bromwich Albion Football Club before relocating to the North-West of England in 2018. Christie is broadly interested in the social, cultural and pedagogical foundations of sport in which he teaches across a range of undergraduate programmes. His research interests also extend to the sociology of football and sports coaching.

Find out more about Christie
Area of expertise
  • Sports coaching;
  • Physical education;
  • Performance analysis.
Teaching & research interests
  • Sports Coaching
  • Sociology of Football and Culture
  • Physical Education and Community Sport
  • Grassroots Football
Accreditation & memberships
  • FA Licenced Football Coach
  • Member of the Football Collective

• Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Sociology of Sport: Liverpool John Moore’s University (Ongoing)
• Master of Science (MSc) Sports Coaching: University of Birmingham
• (BA) Sports Development and Coaching: Staffordshire University (1st Class Honours)
• (PGCAP) Higher Education Academic Practice: Buckinghamshire New University

Publications & research
  • A self-determination theory perspective on the reasons why females participate in grassroots football in England (2018);
  • UEFA funded project: Examining confidence, self-esteem and well-being in female footballers (A University of Birmingham Project) (2017);
  • Does sectarianism still impact football culture? Staffordshire University (2015).
Expertise in industry

• Knowledge of working within an elite football development system (Category 1 Academy)
• Previous experience with elite players across youth and senior levels
• Clear understanding of relevant regulatory bodies in the football industry
• Awarded the Sports and Exercise Extraordinary Contribution Award by Staffordshire University
• Granted the University of Birmingham Masters Scholarship in 2015

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