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Lee Ballard

Senior Lecturer of Sport Coaching and Development

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

01752 636700 (ext. 5605)

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Role Summary




  • PhD, Loughborough University (ongoing)
  • MSc Coaching Science, University West of England
  • CertEd, University of Bath
  • PGCE PCET, University West of England
  • BSc (Hons) Sport Studies, University West of England


  • Introduction to Sport Development and Coaching
  • Introduction to Sport Business Management 
  • Engaging with Football Coaching and Development
  • Coaching for Sport and Physical Activity 
  • Coaching for Football and Physical Activity 
  • Principles of Football Coaching 
  • Developing Players through Football 
  • Inclusion in Sport and Physical Activity
  • Inclusive Coaching in Sport and Physical Activity
  • Research Methods 
  • Coaching Children in Sport 
  • Physical Education and School Sport 
  • Honours Project


Projects ongoing


  • Repositioning the Role of a Coach Developer: Coach Developer as Learning Designer
  • Coach Developer Practice Theories
  • How Coach Developers Design Learning
  • A Collaborative Action Research Intervention to Develop Coach Developers
  • The Affect of Coach Developers as Learning Designers on Coaching Practice



  • Towards a Posthuman Sport Coaching
  • AI and LLM to Support Student Learning




Expert Membership of professional bodies

  •  Somerset FA Non-Executive Independent Director (and Deputy Chair)

Roles on external bodies

  • FA Coach Developer 
    • Introduction to Coaching Football - Lead Coach Developer 
    • UEFA C - Coach Developer 
    • UEFA B - Coach Developer 
  • UK Coaching - Associate Coach Developer (Talent Coach Programmes) 
  • FA England Talent Reporter (Girls - U12-U16) 
  • External Examiner for UCFB (MSc Football Coaching / MSc Football Coaching and Analysis / MSc Performance Analysis in Football) 
  • External Examiner for University of Gloucestershire (BSc Applied Sport & Exercise Studies, BSc Sports Business Coaching) 
  • External Examiner for Myerscough College (FdSc / BSc Football Coaching and Performance, FdSc Cricket Coaching and Performance, FdSc Rugby Coaching and Performance, FdSc Basketball Coaching and Performance) 
  • Somerset FA Inclusion Advisory Group - Chairperson 
  • Inclusive Sport and Activity Plymouth Group Member 

Other Interests



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