Programme Leader, MSc Football Coaching & Analysis

Danielle has over 12 years’ experience working within elite sport as both a performance analyst (PA) and professional football scout. She has been teaching for over ten years across numerous universities in the north west within the area of sports coaching and sports science. In addition to working full time within education, Danielle has always worked as a practitioner in both PA based roles for a variety of professional football clubs before securing her latest role with Manchester United as a professional academy scout working in talent identification from U12-23 age groups. 

Danielle is currently studying for a PhD from The University of Central Lancashire in Employability.  She is qualified to Level 2 in Talent Identification and has obtained ISPAS accreditation at Level 4.  Her academic qualifications include an MA in Sports Coaching and a PGCert in Teaching and Learning in the higher education sector, which also allowed her to be granted fellowship status with The Higher Education Academy.

Find out more about Danielle
Area of expertise
  • Performance analysis;
  • Football scouting and recruitment;
  • Employability.
Teaching & research interests
  • Employability;
  • Performance analysis in football;
  • Talent ID and recruitment in football;
Accreditation & memberships
  • FHEA (Fellow of The Higher Education Academy);
  • ISPAS Level 4.
  • BA (Hons) Sports Coaching;
  • MA Sports Coaching;
  • Level 2 basketball coach;
  • Level 1 football coach;
  • Level 2 Talent ID;
  • PhD – Employability from the perspective of UG Sport Students (pending).
Publications & research
  • Prescott, D. R. (2011) - Are there relationships between Mental Toughness and key factors of a referee’s performance during a football season; using the MTQ48 test, dissertation submitted to University of Central Lancashire.
  • Prescott, D. R. and Palmer, C. A. (2009) - Digital analysis (Kandle Snapper) of football referee's efficiency of movement about the field of play correlated with heart rate response and decision making. Poster presented at the International Sports Medicine and Sports Science Conference, Newcastle Upon Tyne, 20th –22nd August 2009.
Expertise in industry
  • 2017-current – Professional Academy Scout, Manchester United FC;
  • 2016-17 – Recruitment Analyst and Scout, Tranmere Rovers FC;
  • 2015-16 – Recruitment Analyst and Scout, Shrewsbury Town FC;
  • 2011-12 – First Team Performance Analyst, Fleetwood Town FC;
  • 2008-09 – Assistant Performance Analyst, Blackburn Rovers FC;
  • 2008-09 – Assistant Performance Analyst, Bolton Wanderers FC.
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