Jake Bailey

Principal Lecturer, Cardiff Sc​hool of Sport Curriculum and Timetable Coordinator

Telephone number: 029 2041 6597
Email address: jbailey@cardiffmet.ac.uk​

Jake is a Principal​ Lecturer in Sports Coaching in the Cardiff School of Sport (CSS). His interest in the theory and practice of coaching, coupled with an emerging research profile, have given him a platform to influence coach education programmes both internal and external to Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Jake is currently the Curriculum and Timetable Coordinator in the CSS, following his previous tenure as the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Coordinator. Both of these roles have been pivotal to the successful design and implementation current undergraduate sport degree programmes. This work was recognised by the Higher Education Academy, who accepted Jake as a Senior Fellow in 2014. ​

Research / Publications

Jake’s research interests lie in better understanding the problematic social and interactional nature of sports coaching. In particular, his research to date has focused on how coaches can more realistically use their agency to develop athletes in ways that are sensitive to both the individual and the wider social context. A related strand of research focuses on how the theoretical content and pedagogical approaches used in coach education influence its relevance and impact for the coaches it aims to educate.

Peer reviewed articles

Jones, R.L., Bailey, J. and Santos, S. (2013). Coaching, caring and the politics of touch: A visual exploration. Sport, Education and Society, 18(5), 648-662.

Book chapters

Hardman, A., Bailey, J. and Lord, R. (2014). Care and touch in trampoline-gymnastics: Reflections and analysis from the UK. In H. Piper (Ed.), Touch in sports coaching and physical education: fear, risk and moral panic (pp. 151-166). London: Routledge.

Jones, R. L., Bailey, J., Santos, S. and Edwards, C. (2012). Who is coaching? Developing the person of the coach. In D. Day (Ed.), Sports and coaching: Pasts and futures (pp. 1-12). Crewe: MMU Institute for Performance Research.

Jones, R. L., Bailey, J. and Thompson, I. (2012). Ambiguity, noticing, and orchestration: Further thoughts on managing the complex coaching context. In P. Potrac, W. Gilbert and J. Denison (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of sports coaching (pp. 271-283). London: Routledge.

Jones, R.L. and Bailey, J. (2011). Peter Blau: Power and social exchange: Giving and taking in coaching. In R.L.Jones et al. (Eds.) The sociology of sports coaching (pp. 108-121). London: Routledge.

Conference presentations

Bowles, H., Bailey, J., Barnett, J.A., Santos, S., Castro, J. and de Martin, L. (2012). Becoming critical: Dilemmas faced by qualitative researchers. Paper presented at Spotlight on Social Sciences Conference, 30th March, Cardiff University.

Bailey, J., Santos, S., Cropley, B. and Jones, R.L. (2012). An evaluation of the pedagogical strategies used on the British Gymnastics UKCC Level 3 Pilot. Paper presented at International Convention on Science Education and Medicine in Sport, 19th-23rd July, Glasgow.

Santos, S., Bailey, J., Cropley, B. and Jones, R.L. (2012). Introducing the 'Orchestration' metaphor in a coach education course: A case-study. Paper presented at International Convention on Science Education and Medicine in Sport, 19th-23rd July, Glasgow.

Bailey, J. (2010). Looking for my reality: Touching the social sensibility of sports coaching. Paper presented at Auto/Biography Annual Summer Conference, 8-10th July, University of Leicester.

Teaching and Supervision

Jake delivers on modules in the area of sport coaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is module leader for Working with Elite Performers; a masters level module that explores the elite sporting context and the challenges facing those who work within it. Jake is interested in innovative teaching and learning approaches and has engaged with Problem-Based Learning, electronic assessment and Assessment for Learning to help support student learning. He has also successfully mentored two candidates through the Postgraduate Teaching in Higher Education qualification.

Qualifications and Awards

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Sciences (University of Wales Institute, Cardiff)
MSc Sport and Exercise Sciences (University of Wales Institute, Cardiff)
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
High Performance Coach: Trampoline-Gymnastics
British Gymnastics accredited Coach Educator and National Trainer
1st 4 Sport Introduction to Assessment Practice in Sport (IAPS)
Shortlisted (to 3) in the Coach Educator of the Year category at the UK Sports Awards (2011)

External Links

Jake’s external activity centres on his work within Gymnastics. His connection with British Gymnastics has created opportunities for students to gain trampoline-gymnastics coaching awards through the curriculum. Jake has been involved in the development of the British Gymnastics L3 UKCC coaching qualification; a project that received Sport Coach UK funding to formally evaluate the pilot course.

  • British Gymnastics Coach Education Development Group (2008-present)
  • British Gymnastics, Coach Education Tutor
  • British Gymnastics Trampoline Coach Education Panel (2005-08)
  • British Gymnastics Competitions Working Group (co-opted member) (2008-09)

External work in Higher Education

University of Wales panellist: BSc (Sports Coaching and Exercise Science), Fd.A. (Sports Coaching and Exercise Science). Llandrillo College, North Wales (2007)

External Moderator: BSc (Sports Coaching and Exercise Science), Fd.A. (Sports Coaching and Exercise Science). Llandrillo College, North Wales (2007-2011)

Sporting / Coaching Profile

Jake is a High Performance Coach in the sport of trampoline gymnastics who has worked with a number of junior and senior international trampoline-gymnasts. Most recently he supported a gymnast to 6th Place in the 2014 European Youth Championships and to the final of the prestigious 2014 Youth Olympics in Nanjing. Jake is also involved with the Cardiff Metropolitan Junior Trampoline Academy and works with the successful University trampoline team, who won both the Men and Ladies Team Championships at BUCS in 2014.