Dr Andy Lane



Undergraduate Programme Director -​ Sport Coaching

Email Address: alane@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Andrew is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching Science within the Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences. He is currently the Programme Director for the BSc Sport Coaching Undergraduate degree and teaches across undergraduate and post graduate programmes. Andrew also currently supervises a number of post graduate students within coaching and coach education and is a member of the Schools Social Science ethics committee.

In 2012 Andrew was awarded the British Psychological Society Outstanding Thesis of the year for his PhD titled "An examination of Robust Sport-Confidence in elite sport". Since then Andrew's research interests have shifted to the relational and social nature of sport coaching. He has an emerging research profile within this field and has secured several research grants and funding opportunities to develop his work.

He is an experienced coach having developed a wide range of experiences predominantly in football and triathlon. He has coached children and adults across community settings, local clubs and at an international world-class level (e.g., World Championships, Commonwealth Games). He also has extensive experience of working as a coach educator with National Governing Bodies. Prior to his employment at Cardiff Metropolitan University Andrew was a visiting lecturer at University of Wales, Newport, leading several Sport Psychology and Sport Science related undergraduate modules as well as contributing to the MSc in Sport Coaching degree.

Research / Publications

Corsby, C.L.T., Jones, R. L., & Lane, A. (2022). Contending with vulnerability and uncertainty: what coaches say about coaching, Sport Coaching Review, DOI: 10.1080/21640629.2022.2057697

Corsby, C.L.T., Lane, A. P., & 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

Hays, K., Lane, A. and Thomas, O (2016). Self-confidence in a sporting context. In A. Lane (Ed), Sport and Exercise Psychology (2nd edition). London: Routledge Psychology Press

Thomas, O., Lane, A., and Kingston, K. (2011). Defining and contextualizing robust sport-confidence. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 23, 189-208.

Kingston, K., Lane, A., and Thomas, O. (2010). A temporal examination of elite performers sources of sport-confidence. The Sport Psychologist, 18, 313-332.

Mullen, R., Lane, A., & Hanton, S. (2009). Anxiety Symptom Interpretation in High-Anxious, Defensive High-Anxious, Low-Anxious and Repressor Sport Performers. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping: An International Journal, 22(1), 91-100.


Teaching and Supervision

Postgraduate Research Supervision:

2017 – Ongoing: Hannah Brooks (PhD)

Cardiff Metropolitan University

The triathlon 'mindset': A prospective study. An externally £40k funded research project from British Triathlon (Advisor)


2017 – Ongoing: James Thie (Taught Doctorate in Sport Coaching)

Cardiff Metropolitan University

The role of emotion in distance running coaching (Supervisor)


2020 – Ongoing: Mark Samuels (Professional Doctorate)

Cardiff Metropolitan University

An examination of the role of the coach educator within sport organisations (Supervisor)


2021 – Ongoing: Luke Hawker (Professional Doctorate)

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Investigating coaches practice and experiential learning (Director of Studies)


2021 – Ongoing: Stacey Ayling (PhD)

Cardiff Metropolitan University

An exploration of emotion[s] within an elite sporting sub-culture (Supervisor)


2021 – Ongoing: Emlyn Lewis (Taught Doctorate in Sport Coaching)

Cardiff Metropolitan University

An exploration of how coaches manage and negotiate the everydayness of coaching within an elite sporting culture (Supervisor)

External Links

Member of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Andrew has worked with a range of National Governing Bodies, National Sport Organisations and individual sport clubs (e.g., CIMSPA, Sport Wales, British Triathlon, Welsh Triathlon).

Research degree examinations 


External Examiner (National)

Dean Parsons (2019), MPHIL: The Effects of a Peer-mentoring Intervention on Neophyte Coach Development and Effectiveness. Student registered at University of South Wales. Director of Studies Professor. Richard Mullen.

Qualifications And Awards

External Funding

A National Governing Body: Exploring what it takes to be, and seen to be, a successful international coach (Dr. Andrew Lane [Principal Investigator], Dr. Charlie Corsby & Dr. Gethin Thomas).


UEFA Research Scholarship (2020): Mental Health, well-being and coping with the everday: An examination of what elite coaches endure (with Dr. Charlie Corsby [Principal Investigator], Dr. Andrew Lane and Prof. Robyn Jones). Total value: 15,000 USD


Internal Funding

Reverse Strategic Insight Programme Fund (2015): Coach Education and Coach Development Insight with British Triathlon (Dr. Andrew Lane - Principal Investigator). Total value: £2500


Student Engagement Fund (2019): Exploring the role of Mentoring across Sport Coaching Undergraduates: A cross-curriculum analysis of experiences (with Dr. Charlie Corsby [Principal Investigator], Dr. Andrew Lane, Dr. Lisa Edwards, and Daniel Spencer). Total value: £1000


Student Engagement Fund (ongoing): Understanding students perceptions of assessment and feedback within Higher Education (with Dr. Andrew Lane [Principal Investigator], Dr. Charlie Corsby, Dr. Lisa Edwards, and Daniel Spencer). Total Value £1000


Student Engagement Fund (2020): An examination of staff and student experience of engaging with a blended approach to teaching and learning within Higher Education (with Luke Hawker [Principal Investigator], Dr. Andrew Lane, Dr. Charlie Corsby, Toby Nichols, Dr. Sofia Santos and Dr. Gethin Thomas). Total Value £1000


Academic Qualifications


BSc (Hons) Sport and Physical Education
MSc Sport Psychology
PhD Sport Psychology
PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Professional Coaching Qualifications

UEFA ‘C’ Licence
British Triathlon Level 3 Coach
British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP) Doctoral Outstanding Thesis of the year 2012
Awarded Reverse SIP Funding Grant 2014
Sports Coach UK ASPIRE II Coach Development Programme

Sporting/Coaching Profile

Coaching and Management:

2022 Commonwealth Games: Guernsey Triathlon Team Manager
2018 Commonwealth Games: Guernsey Triathlon Team Manager
Welsh Triathlon Performance Centre Coach
Team Manager World University Triathlon Championships, Brasilia, Brazil, 2014
Triathlon Performance Coach (e.g., coach to athletes at World Triathlon Series, World Ironman 70.3 Championships, European Cups, U’23 European Championships, 2014 Welsh Triathlon Commonwealth Games Team)
Cardiff Junior Triathlon Club Coach
Cardiff Met University Triathlon Coach

Football Coaching:
Semi-Professional Coach at 2 x Men’s Welsh Football League Clubs
Cardiff Met WFC Coach
UWAU National Women’s Football Assistant Coach
Cardiff City FC Development Centre Coach
Chelsea FC Project Manager Consultant

Athlete/Player Performance:
Welsh Triathlon Squad U'23 Home Nations
Semi-Professional Football Player Welsh Leagues
Dorset County Football Player
Bournemouth Under 21 Football Select Captain
South England Schools Cross Country Championships