Dr Charlie Corsby

Lecturer in Sport Coaching

Telephone number: 029 2041 7316
Email address: ccorsby@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Charlie is a lecturer in Sport Coaching at the Cardiff School of Sport. Charlie was awarded a Ph.D. in Sport Coaching in 2017, which drew upon the writings of Harold Garfinkel and ethnomethodology to explore coaches’ everyday affairs. Alongside his academic responsibilities, Charlie represents Cardiff Metropolitan Football Club in the Welsh Premier League and is currently the Academy Director for Cardiff Met FC Academy. Charlie holds a UEFA ‘A’ Licence coaching qualification.

Research / Publications

The focus of my research interests relate to the everyday complexities and affairs of coaches, particularly to gain 'influence' and 'control' of others. To date, my work has drawn upon ethnomethodology to explore coaches' everyday interactions and observations. I am interested in a range of qualitative research methods as ways of better understanding coaching.

Peer reviewed articles

Jones, R.L., & Corsby, C. (2015). A Case for Coach Garfinkel: Decision Making and What We Already Know. Quest, 67, 1-11.

Corsby, C. (2017). The deconstruction and reconstruction of sports coaching: An interview with Professor Robyn Jones: A commentary. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching,12(4), 429–431

Corsby, L. T. & Jones, R. L. (2019). Observation, evaluation and coaching: the local orderliness of 'seeing' performance. Sport, Education and Society, DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2019.1587399

Corsby, C.L.T., & Jones, R.L. (2019). Complicity, performance, and the 'doing' of sports coaching: An ethnomethodological study of work. The Sociological Review. DOI: 10.1177/0038026119897551

Jones, R. L., & Corsby, C. (2015). A case for coach Garfinkel: Decision making and what we already know. Quest, 67(4), 439-449.

Edited Books & Book Chapters

Corsby, C. L. T. & Edwards, C.N. (2019) (Eds). Exploring Research in Sports Coaching and Pedagogy: Context and contingency. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Corsby, C. L. T. & Edwards, C. N. (2019). Introduction: Context and Contingency. (pp. 1-11). In C.L.T. Corsby and C.N. Edwards (Eds), Exploring Research in Sports Coaching and Pedagogy: Context and contingency. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Corsby, C.L.T., Thomas, G.L., & Santos, M. (2020). Coached Education: (Re) conceptualizing how coaches learn. In. R. Resende & A.R. Gomes (Eds), Coaching for human development and performance in sports.

Conference presentations

Corsby, C. (2014). 'Coaches social competency: Garfinkel, contingency and the ethno-methods of context'. Conference poster presentation, Cardiff Metropolitan Poster Symposium, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, United Kingdom.

Corsby, C., Jones, R.L., & Harris, K. (2014). 'Coaches social competency: Respecting the rules of practice'. Conference poster presentation, 4th International Conference for Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, Loughborough University, United Kingdom.

Corsby, C., Jones, R.L., & Harris, K. (2015). 'Garfinkel, competency and contingence: The   unwritten rules of practice'. Conference presentation, 3rd International Coaching Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom.

    Teaching and Supervision

    I currently deliver on a range of modules within the area of sport coaching, including the undergraduate and postgraduate Sports Coaching courses. More specifically, I am the module leader for Introduction to Coaching and Teaching as Relational Activities (L4), Applied Sports Pedagogy (L5) and Phenomenology and Sports Coaching: A Phenomenology of Practice (DSC; L8). 

    Qualifications and Awards

    B.Sc. Sport Coaching (1st Class), Cardiff Metropolitan University (2013)

    Ph.D. Sport Coaching, Cardiff Metropolitan University (2017)

    UEFA ‘A’ Licence Coach (Youth & Senior)

    Academic Recognition

    2013 Winner of the Gwyn Williams award for best all-round male undergraduate student

    2017 'PhD Thesis of the year' award from Cardiff Metropolitan University 


    Awarded Santander Outward Mobility Scholarship (2015)

    Awarded Santander Outward Mobility Scholarship (2017)

    ESRC PhD pathway award (2019)

    Student Engagement Fund: Mentoring (2019)

    Student Engagement Fund: Student Feedback (2019)

    External Links

    I am a member of three professional bodies, including:

    • British Sociology Association (BSA)

    • International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA)

    • Football Association of Wales (FAW)

    Sport / Coaching Profile


    Cardiff Metropolitan University F.C. Welsh Premier League Squad

    South-West England Regional Squad player (2009)

    Dorset County Football Player

    Bournemouth District Football Player


    Head coach of Cardiff Metropolitan F.C. Development Squad