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Dr Thomas Leeder

School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences
Dr Thomas Leeder



Dr Thomas Leeder is a Lecturer in Sports Coaching & Pedagogy within the School of Sport, Rehabilitation, and Exercise Sciences at the University of Essex. Prior to his appointment, Thomas worked at the University of East Anglia as an Associate Tutor, delivering across the BSc. Physical Education, Sport, & Health degree pathways. His research interests primarily focus on coach development, coach learning, and sports coach mentoring via the use of sociological frameworks and qualitative research methods. Thomas is a Level 3 qualified coach and has previously been employed by Norwich City FC, Leicester City FC, and the Football Association (FA) in both practitioner and coach developer roles.


  • PhD University of East Anglia, (2020)

  • MSc Sports Coaching Loughborough University, (2016)

  • BA Physical Education University of East Anglia, (2015)


University of Essex

  • Lecturer in Sports Coaching & Pedagogy, School of Sport, Rehabilitation, and Exercise Sciences, University of Essex (1/6/2020 - present)

Other academic

  • Associate Tutor (Physical Education, Sport, & Health), School of Education & Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia (1/9/2018 - 1/6/2020)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Coach education and development

Open to supervise

Coach learning

Open to supervise

Coach mentoring

Open to supervise

Coaching philosophy

Open to supervise

Sports pedagogy

Open to supervise

Sociology of sports coaching

Open to supervise

Coach behaviours and practice

Open to supervise

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Introduction to Coaching (SE107)

  • Pedagogical Principles of Sports Coaching (SE209)

  • Performance Analysis (SE308)

  • Research Project (SE309)

  • Talent Identification and Recruitment in Sport (SE334)

  • Research Project (SE740)

  • Coaching Practice Placement (SE765)

  • Masterclasses in Coaching (SE766)

  • Developing High-Performance Coach Education (SE767)

  • Professional Skills and Development 1 (SE101)

  • Research Methods in Sport and Exercise (SE230)

  • Strength and Conditioning: Application and Theory (SE210)

  • Further Research Methods in Sport, Exercise and Health (SE738)


Journal articles (7)

Leeder, TM., Warburton, VE. and Beaumont, LC., (2021). Coaches’ dispositions and non-formal learning situations: an analysis of the ‘coach talent programme’. Sport in Society. 24 (3), 356-372

Leeder, TM. and Sawiuk, R., (2021). Reviewing the sports coach mentoring literature: a look back to take a step forward. Sports Coaching Review. 10 (2), 1-24

Webb, K. and Leeder, T., (2021). Dispositions and coaching theories: understanding the impact of coach education on novice coaches’ learning. Sport, Education and Society, 1-14

Jones, B., Hope, E., Hammond, A., Moran, J., Leeder, T., Mills, J. and Sandercock, G., (2021). Play more, enjoy more, keep playing; rugby is a simple game. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. 16 (3), 636-645

Leeder, T. and Cushion, C., (2020). The reproduction of ‘coaching culture’: a Bourdieusian analysis of a formalised coach mentoring programme. Sports Coaching Review. 9 (3), 273-295

Leeder, TM., Russell, K. and Beaumont, LC., (2019). “Learning the Hard Way”: Understanding the Workplace Learning of Sports Coach Mentors. International Sport Coaching Journal. 6 (3), 263-273

Leeder, T., (2019). Learning to mentor in sports coaching: a design thinking approach. Sport, Education and Society. 24 (2), 208-211

Book chapters (2)

Leeder, T., (2019). “You need to be a certain kind of person”: Learning to ‘become’ a community coach mentor. In: Sports coaching in the community: Developing Knowledge and Insight. Editors: Gale, L. and Ives, B., . Manchester Metropolitan Publishers. 33- 48

Leeder, T., (2019). Foucault and pastoral power: Implications for formalised sports coach mentoring. In: Exploring Research in Sports Coaching and Pedagogy: Context and contingency. Editors: Corsby, C. and Edwards, C., . Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 111- 120

Grants and funding


Speaker at Sheffield United Football Club CPD event for professional football coaches

Sheffield United Football Club



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