Dr Charlie Corsby

Lecturer in Sport Coaching

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

Charlie is a Senior 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

Corsby, C.L.T., & Bryant, A. (2020). "I felt like I was missing out on something": An evaluation of using remote technology in the classroom. Educational and Information Technologies. DOI: 10.1007/s10639-020-10207-2

Corsby, C.L.T., Lane, A., & Spencer, D.R. (2020). Becoming a mentor: an exploration of 'how' student-coaches negotiate mentoring practice, Sport, Education and Society, DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2020.1866525

Lee, H. W., & Corsby, C.L.T. (2021). Goffman, Totalising, and resistance in South Korean coaching: Understanding the 'underlife' of coaching. Sports Coaching Review. DOI.org/10.1080/21640629.2021.1897245

Corsby, C.L.T., Jones, R.L., Thomas, G.L., & Edwards, C.N. (2021). Coaching and 'self repair': Examining the 'artful practices' of coaching. Sociological Research Online. DOI: 10.1177/13607804211064911

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.

Corsby, C.L.T. (2021). The backstage of 'seeing' performance: Developing the 'seen' and 'unseen' of coaching. In F. Cavallerio. Creative Non-Fiction in Sport and Exercise. London: Routledge.

    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 module coordinator for Postgraduate Research Methods, while also module leader for Understanding the Sporting Environment (L7) 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)

    PgCTHE, Cardiff Metropolitan University (2019)

    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 

    2020 – External Examiner, University of the West of Scotland



    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)

    UEFA Research Programme, Mental health, wellbeing and coping with the everyday: An examination of what elite coaches endure (2019)

    Sport Wales, Welsh Coach Developer Practitioner Programme (WCDPP) (2022)


    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