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Dr Ian Stonebridge


School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

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Ian Stonebridge

Role Summary


Ian's research interests relate to coach learning, identity and coaching behaviours. He completed his PhD, 'Who is a coach? Understanding coach subjectivities in professional youth football', under the supervision of Professor Christopher Cushion at Loughborough University. Ian previously enjoyed a successful career as a professional footballer, making over 250 first team appearances and representing England at Under 18 level. He now coaches at Academy level.


  • PhD, Loughborough University
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development (Learning & Teaching in HE)

  • MSc Sport Coaching, Loughborough University

  • BSc Hons (1st Class) Applied Sport Science and Coaching, University of St Mark & St John









Journal articles:

Stonebridge, I., & Cushion, C. (2018). An exploration of the relationship between educational background and the coaching behaviours and practice activities of professional youth soccer coaches. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy23(6), 636-656.

Conference presentations:

Stonebridge I. & Cushion, C. (2023). Theorising coach subjectivities across the coaching archipelago. Oral presentation delivered at: The Cluster for Research into Coaching (CRiC) Symposium, June 2023. Liverpool John Moores University, UK.

Stonebridge I. & Cushion, C. (2019). ‘This is going to be us’: In-club CPD and Academy Coaches’ Identities. 5th International Cluster for Research into Coaching (CRiC) Conference, Worcester.

Stonebridge, I. and Cushion, C. (2017). Coaching behaviours and role perceptions of head and assistant youth academy football coaches. Poster presented at the 11th ICCE Global Coach Conference, Liverpool, UK.

Stonebridge, I. and Cushion, C. (2015). An investigation into the effect of academic background on the coaching behaviours and practice activities of sub-elite youth soccer coaches. Poster presented at the 10th ICCE Global Coach Conference, Vierumaki, Finland.


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