Ashley Gill

Course Director

School of Life Sciences and Education

My background is primarily one of teaching and coaching. I have taught on sports coaching related courses since 2007, and I have a multi-disciplinary perspective to sports education, specifically sports coaching. I have also been an active basketball coach for over 20 years, coaching within academies, basketball camps, as well as local, regional and junior national league teams.

In my role here at Staffordshire University, I am a course leader for the BSc Football Coaching and Performance degree. It is my responsibility to oversee the development, delivery, resources and management of the specific programme. Alongside this, my general lecturing duties at Staffordshire University include developing curriculum, and planning and contributing to the delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the subject area of sports coaching. My key duty is facilitating the teaching, learning and assessment of Higher Education (HE) students studying on a range of sport and exercise related degrees, through engaging and innovative lectures and seminars. 

I am also a Member of the Academy of Fellows through my Teaching Excellence Fellowship (2016-18). Being a member of the academy means that I continually engage in CPD and keep up to date with practice in both my subject discipline (sports coaching) and education. I model excellent practice in my approach to teaching and/or the facilitation of student/staff learning, often by leading workshops, presenting posters and doing talks at relevant regional and national conferences, whilst submitting papers to relevant peer reviewed journals.

I am a PhD candidate at Staffordshire University, completing a PhD by Publication (Prospective). My main research interests for my PhD revolve around the transition of Sport & Exercise students to Higher Education, exploring the different journeys of student groups through key educational landmarks.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Teaching Excellence Fellow at Staffordshire University
  • Member of the Academy of Teaching Fellows at Staffordshire University
  • QTLS
  • Basketball England – Player’s Licence + Coach’s Licence

Academic qualifications

  • PhD by Publication – 2019-Present – Staffordshire University
  • Post Graduate Certificate of Education – 2010 – Sheffield Hallam University
  • MSc Sport & Exercise Science – 2007 – Leeds Beckett’s University
  • BSc (Hons.) Sport & Exercise Science – 2003 – Nottingham Trent University

Expertise

My discipline expertise lies in the field of sports coaching, within both participation and performance contexts; often from multidisciplinary perspectives to further enhance understanding of performance.

Research interests

I am a current PhD candidate (2019-2024), within the Sport and Exercise department. My main research interests revolve around the transition of Sport & Exercise students to Higher Education, exploring the different journeys of student groups through key educational landmarks.
My sports coaching related research revolves around key pedagogical approaches to coaching, the development of coach education and evaluation of behaviour/systems/processes within coaching and professional organisations.

I work closely with the following organisations as part of my role at Staffordshire University: Stoke City F.C., Stoke City F.C. Women’s team, Port Vale F.C., Port Vale Foundation Trust, Stoke RTC (Boys) of the JPL and Stoke City F.C. RTC (Girls). I also have close associations with staff at governing organisations, such as UK Coaching and CIMSPA.

Please get in touch with me by email (see contact details above) should you wish to discuss a research project and we can arrange a time to meet.

Enterprise and commercial interests

I work closely with local, regional and national organisations as part of my role at Staffordshire University. To enhance the ‘Football Coaching’ course at the University I have developed working relationships with Stoke City F.C., Stoke City F.C. Women’s team, Port Vale F.C., Port Vale Foundation Trust, Stoke RTC (Boys) of the JPL and Stoke City F.C. RTC (Girls). I also have close associations with staff at governing organisations, such as UK Coaching and CIMSPA.
Furthermore, I am currently developing and writing a textbook for Routledge based around the ‘Foundations of Sports Coaching’. This is a significant project that is currently ongoing.

Teaching

Level 4:
Coaching and Teaching Sport
Coaching and Teaching Invasion Games
Academic & Employability Skills in Sport & Exercise

Level 5:
Coaching, Analysis and Skill Acquisition
Placement (Football Coaching, Sports Coaching, Strength & Conditioning)

Level 6:
Personal & Professional Development in Sport & Exercise
Professional Practice & CPD in Sport

Level 7:
Effective Coaching

Publications

Research articles:

Gill, A. J. G. (2016, July 20). Performance vs. Participation in Youth Sports. The Sentinel. Retrieved from http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/

Gill, A. J. G. Gill. (2017), The Transitional Experiences of Sport and Exercise Students from Further Education to Higher Education, Innovative Practice in Higher Education (3:1). Online: http://journals.staffs.ac.uk/index.php/ipihe

Gill, A.J.G., 2019. The thoughts, feelings and perceptions of sport and exercise students progressing from vocational education and training to academic education. Journal of Further and Higher Education, pp.1-14.

Gill, A., 2019. Student Transition into Higher Education: Exploring BTEC Sport and Exercise Students Forthcoming Transition to Higher Education Taught within a Further Education Setting. Innovative Practice in Higher Education. 3(3), pp.90-112.

Presentations:

Gill, A. J. G., 2020 (February 26th). Factors Affecting University Sports Students Participation in NGB Coach Education Courses. UK Coaching, Applied Research Conference, Pride Park, Derby.

Newlands, K. & Gill, A. J. G., 2020 (February 26th). Players Perceptions of Experiencing the Constraints Led Approach to Coaching. UK Coaching, Applied Research Conference, Pride Park, Derby.

Gill, A. J. G. (2020, February 26th). ‘Straight off the training ground’: Using the Constraints Led Approach for Pre-planned Strategies in Rugby Union. UK Coaching, Applied Research Conference, Pride Park, Derby.

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The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

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