Dr Christian Edwards




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

Telephone number: 029 2020 5848
Email address: cedwards@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Christian is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching Science at the Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences. Previously a professional football player, Christian joined the teaching staff at the school in 2010. His research interests relate to the sociological issues within sport, most notably that of coaches power and social interaction in the coaching context. His doctoral work examined the sociological significance of humour and how it is used as a critical component in the negotiation of coaching relationships. He was awarded Fellowship status of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in 2014. Alongside his academic role, Christian is the Director of the Cardiff Met Men’s Football team. He is also an elite level practitioner, where he is a currently UEFA Pro Licence Candidate. 

Research / Publications

Peer Reviewed Articles 

Edwards, C, & Jones, R.L. (in press). Humour in sports coaching: "It's a funny old game". Sociological journal online

Jones, R.L., Edwards, C. & Viotto, F (2016). Activity Theory, complexity and sports coaching: An epistemology for a discipline. Sport, Education and Society. 21(2), 200-216

Book Chapters

Edwards, C. & Jones, R.L. (2016). The legitimacy of ethnographic film: Literary thoughts and practical realities. In G. Molnar & L. Purdy (Eds.), Ethnographies in Sport and Exercise Research. (pp 155-164). London: Routledge.

Jones, R.L., Thomas, G., Felix, T., Viotto Filho, T., & Edwards, C. (2016). Yrjö Engeström. In L. Nelson, R. Groom & P.Potrac (Eds.), Learning in sports coaching: Theory and application. (pp.113-122). London: Routledge.

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. (pp 1-12) Crewe: MMU Institute for Performance Research Publication

Conference Presentations

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

My teaching responsibilities require me to deliver across both the undergraduate and postgraduate pathways. I am also the module leader for Managing Pedagogic Problems, a Sports Coaching and Pedagogy MSc module while also being the Qualitative lead for Research Methods at MSc level. In addition, I am a level 5, 6 and 7 personal tutor for Sports Coaching students and supervise BSc, MSc and PhD postgraduate thesis.

On-going PhD Supervision

Baker, C (2017 - ) Trust and Distrust in coaching: Better understanding sporting relationships (ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Studentship)

MSc Supervision

Longworth, M. (2014). An auto-ethnographic study of football coaches experiences in coach education. Cardiff Metropolitan University

Kempson, A (2016). Humour in Sport: A coaches perspective. Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Letori, J (2016). Power, identity and working relationships. An auto-ethnographic lens. Cardiff Metropolitan University

Saunders, S (2016). Identity and exclusion in the coach-athlete relationship. An auto-ethnographical perspective. Cardiff Metropolitan University

Qualifications and Awards

PhD Coaching Science, Cardiff metropolitan University.

MSc Coaching Science (Distinction), University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC)

BSc (Hons) Sports Development (1st Class), University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

UEFA A Licenced Coach

UEFA Pro Licence Candidate


2017 – ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Studentship. Trust and distrust in coaching: Better understanding sporting relationships (with Chris Baker [& Professor Robyn Jones] Cardiff Metropolitan University) (total value circa £90, 000).

2015 -  Awarded Reverse SIP Funding Grant. The Welsh Colleges Football at Cardiff Met: Exploring New Grounds (with [Dr Gethin Thomas] Cardiff Metropolitan University) (total value = £3000)

Academic Recognition

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

External Links

I have several external links in various areas;

Member of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Member of the British Sociological Association (BSA)

Member of the International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA)

Member of the Professional Footballers Association (PFA)

CRiC Conference Lead Organiser and Member of the Scientific Committee of the 4th CRiC Coaching Conference, Cardiff, Wales, September 6-7th, 2017

Sporting / Coaching Profile

  • Professional Football Player
    • Swansea City FC (1992-1998)
    • Nottingham Forest (1998- 2003)
    • Bristol Rovers (2003-2006)
    • Crystal Palace, Tranmere Rovers, Bristol City (loan)

    International Appearances

    • Wales Full International
    • Wales B
    • Wales U21's

    Coaching Profile

    • Director of Cardiff Metropolitan Men's Football (2009-Present)
    • Assistant Manager Aberystwyth Town FC (2008-2009)
    • UEFA Pro Licence Candidate 

    Coaching Achievements

    • Welsh Division 3 Winners 2013
    • Welsh Division 2 Winners 2014
    • Welsh Division 1 Winners 2016
    • WPL Europa Play off Runners Up 2017
    • WPL League Cup Runners Up 2018
    • BUCS 2B Champions 2013
    • BUCS Conference Cup Winners 2013
    • BUCS 1A Play off Winners 2015
    • BUCS Champions 2017
    • BUCS Premier South Champions 2018
    • BUCS Champions 2018