Research / Publications
Peer Reviewed Articles
Edwards, C, & Jones, R.L. (2018). 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
Edwards, C. & Corsby, C. (2019). Context and contingency: Exploring research in sports coaching and pedagogy. Cambridge University Press.
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.
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
Edwards, C. (2021). Sports Coaching: A Humorous Endeavour. Presented (online) at the CRiC PhD Seminar Series. Semester 2: Session 5. 19th February 2021
Edwards, C. (2020). 'The Welsh way'. Developing principles of the Football Association of Wales (FAW). Presented at the UEFA Pro License Student Exchange. Season 8, Course 3. Nyon, Switzerland, 15th-18th April 2019.
Jones, R.L., & Edwards, C. (2019). Applying sports science to sports coaching: A contested terrain. Presented at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Campus Sogndal. June.
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.
Edwards, C. (2020). Leadership in non-supporting environments: A case study perspective. Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), High Performance Coaching Programme, Cardiff, UK June.
Edwards, C. (2020).'Care[ing]' in Leadership. Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), High Performance Coaching Programme, Cardiff, UK. May
Edwards, C. (2020). A PBL approach to sports coaching. Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), High Performance Coaching Programme, Cardiff, UK. February.
Edwards, C. (2019). The Coach as Orchestrator: An elite coaching perspective. Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), High Performance Coaching Programme, Cardiff, UK. October
Edwards, C. (2019). Doing Problem Based Learning. UEFA/FAW Pro Licence Course. Dragons Park, Newport, UK. May.
Teaching and Supervision
My teaching responsibilities require me to deliver across both the undergraduate and postgraduate pathways. I am also the module leader for two MSc modules Managing Pedagogic Problems, and Understanding the Sporting Environment, 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). Director of Studies (DoS).
Stacey Ailing (2021 - ) An exploration of emotion[s] with in an elite sporting sub-culture. (DoS)
Eleanor Glynn (2021 - ) A year on football Twitter: The continued use of discriminatory Language online.
Dean Holden (2019 - )The Micro-politics of Sports Coaching: An Auto-ethnographical Tale.
Qualifications and Awards
FIFA Research Scholarship (2021). Developing football coaching practice to improve players tactical flexibility and game intelligence using video analysis [with Dr Gethin Thomas] (total value:12,000 USD)
ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Studentship (2017). Trust and distrust in coaching: Better
understanding sporting relationships (with Chris Baker [& Professor Robyn Jones] Cardiff Metropolitan
University) (total value = circa £90, 000).
SIP Funding Grant (2021).The strategic development of coach education provision within Sport Wales. [with Dr Gethin Thomas] Cardiff Metropolitan University (total value £2500)
Get Started Funding (2020): Developing an innovative teaching and learning framework through Piort Galperin's cultural-historical theory. [with Dr Gethin Thomas] Cardiff Metropolitan University (total value: £2500)
Awarded Reverse SIP Funding Grant (2015). The Welsh Colleges Football at Cardiff Met: Exploring new Grounds (with [Dr Gethin Thomas] Cardiff Metropolitan University) (total value = £3000).
2019 - Director of Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences, Sports Coaching, Innovation and Research Hub.
2017 – Conference Lead Organiser and Member of the Scientific Committee of the 4th CRiC Conference, Cardiff, Wales, September 6-7th, 2017.
2011 - Winner of the Dean of Sport's Award for the Best Postgraduate Profile
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)
Member of the Football Association of Wales (FAW) steering committee: A sustainable Association for the future.
Consultancy work carried out for a range of National Governing Bodies (NGB's) including; Football Association of Wales (FAW), Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), Sport Wales, Welsh Cycling, Table Tennis Wales, Welsh Hockey, Welsh Tennis, GB Swimming, GB Boxing.
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
Overall 400 football league appearances for
Swansea City FC (1992-1998)
Nottingham Forest (1998- 2003)
Bristol Rovers (2003-2006)
Crystal Palace, Tranmere Rovers, Bristol City (loan)
Wales Full International
Director of Cardiff Metropolitan Men's Football & 1st Team Manager (2009-Present)
Assistant Manager Aberystwyth Town FC (2008-2009)
UEFA Pro Licence Coach
Cardiff Metropolitan University 2012/2013 Welsh League Division 3 Winners
Cardiff Metropolitan University 2012/2013 BUCS Division 2B Winners
Cardiff Metropolitan University 2012/2013 BUCS Conference Cup Winners
Cardiff Metropolitan University 2013/2014 Welsh League Division 2 Winners
Cardiff Metropolitan University 2014/2015 BUCS 1A Play off Winners
Cardiff Metropolitan University 2015/2016 Welsh League Division 1 Winners
Cardiff Metropolitan University 2016/2017 WPL Europa League Play off Runners Up
Cardiff Metropolitan University 2016/2017 BUCS Champions
Cardiff Metropolitan University 2017/2018 BUCS Premier South Champions
Cardiff Metropolitan University 2017/2018 BUCS Champions
Cardiff Metropolitan University 2017/2018 WPL Europa League Play off Runners Up
Cardiff Metropolitan University 2018/2019 WPL League Cup Winners
Cardiff Metropolitan University 2018/2019 WPL Europa League Play off Winners
Cardiff Metropolitan University 2019/2020 BUCS Finalists*
*Note: The Final was not played due to the COVID 19