Dr Christian Edwards




Lecturer in Coaching Science, Director of C​​ardiff Met Men's Football

Telephone number: 029 2020 5540
Email address: cedwards@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Christian is a lecturer in Sports Coaching at the Cardiff School of Sport. Alongside his academic role, he is the Director of the Cardiff Met Men's Football team. Previously a professional football player, Christian joined the teaching staff of the school in 2010. Recently, he completed his doctoral work titled: Power and Inclusion in Coaching: The role of Humour. He was awarded Fellowship status to the Higher Education Academy in 2014.  


Research / Publications

My research interests relate to the sociological issues within sport, most notably that of coaches’ power and social interaction in the coaching context. The focus of my doctoral work examines the social significance of humour and how it is used as a critical component in the negotiation of coaching relationships. More recently, I have become interested in the use of visual methods as a research genre to better understand coaching.

Research Profile

Invited Book Chapters
Jones, R.L., Bailey, J., Santos, S., & Edwards, C. (2012). Who is Coaching? Developing the Person of the Coach. In: D.Day (Ed) Sports and Coaching: Past and Futures. (1-12) Crewe: MMU Institute for Performance Research Publication
Edwards, C. & Jones, R.L. (in press, 2015). The legitimacy of ethnographic film: Literary thoughts and practical realities. In G. Molnar & L.Purdy (Eds.), Ethnographies in Sport and Exercise Research. London: Routledge

Refereed Academic Journal Articles

Jones, R.L., Thomas, G., Felix, T., Viotto Filho, T., & Edwards, C. (in press). Yrjö Engeström. In L. Nelson, R. Groom & P.Potrac (Eds.), Learning in sports coaching: Theory and application. London: Routledge.
Jones, R.L., Edwards, C. & Viotto, F (2014). Activity Theory, complexity and sports coaching: An epistemology for a discipline. Sport, Education and Society. DOI:10.1080/13573322.2014.895713

Manuscripts under review
Edwards, C. & Jones, R.L. (Under Review) Coaching: A humorous endeavour. Sports Coaching Review

Jones, R.L., Santos, S., Silva, L.D.M., Fonseca, J. & Edwards, C. (2011). Further thoughts on ‘who is coaching’? Keynote lecture given at the 3rd Congresso Internactional de Jogos Desportivos, University of Porto, Portugal. 13-15th July.

Neil, R., Faull, A., Wilson, K., Nichols, T., Edwards, C., Cullinane, A., Bowles, H. R. C., & Holmes, L. (2011, Sept). The provision of sport psychology support within a United Kingdom University: Insights into working with a Soccer, Field Hockey, and Cricket team. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, Honolulu, USA.


Teaching and Supervision

I currently deliver on a range of modules on both the undergraduate and postgraduate pathways. I am also the module leader for Managing Coaching Problems, a Coaching Science M.Sc. programme module while also being the Qualitative lead for Research Methods at Masters Level. In addition, I am a level 5 and 6 personal tutor for Sports Coaching students and supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation students.


Qualifications and Awards

Ph.D Coaching Science, Cardiff Metropolitan University
M.S.c. Coaching Science (Distinction), University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC)
B.S.c. (Hons) Sports Development (1st Class), University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
UEFA 'B' Licenced Coach

Awarded Reverse SIP Funding Grant 2015: The Welsh Colleges Football at Cardiff Met: Exploring New Grounds.

Academic Recognition

2011 Winner of the Dean of Sport's Award for Best Postgraduate Profile  


External Links

  • I am a member of three professional bodies that include;
  • Professional Footballers Association (PFA)
  • British Sociological Association (BSA)
  • International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA)

Sporting / Coaching Profile

  • Professional Football Player
    - Swansea City (1992-1998)
    - Nottingham Forest (1998-2003)
    - Bristol Rovers (2003-2006)

    International Appearances
    - Wales U’21 (14 caps)
    - Wales B (2 caps)
    - Wales Full International (4 caps)

  • Coaching Profile
    Director of Cardiff Metropolitan Men’s Football (2009- Present)
    Assistant Manager Aberystwyth Town F.C. (2008-2012)