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Alexandra Monk

Lecturer - Football Education, Coaching and Development

About Research


Alex graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a BA Hons in Sport, Coaching and PE with Religion and Theology. Through her undergraduate dissertation she became engaged with research surrounding the inclusion of SEND pupils in PE and the problems faced by teachers. Alex then went on to Loughborough University to achieve an MSc in Sport and Exercise Science, specialising in Pedagogy, Sociology and Psychology. During her time at Loughborough she contributed to the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport through engaging local communities with research and disability sport. Alex’s thesis further reflected her interest on this topic by looking into disabled students’ experiences of sport and physical activity at University. As a result, Alex is part of the team that formed and oversees the ‘No Ordinary Society’ at St Mary’s with the aim of providing a network for all students, including those with disabilities to enjoy and be fully part of University life. Alex currently supports teaches and coaches working with athletes and students experiencing disability but also coaches themselves experiencing disability at Chelsea Football Club. 

Alex currently teaches across the Physical and Sport Education and Football Education, Coaching and Development programmes and leads on the below modules:

  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Football
  • Early Years and Primary PE - Football 1
  • Early Years and Primary PE - Football 2
  • Early Years and Primary PE - Physical and Sport Education
  • Adapted Physical and Sport Activity
  • Applied Adapted Physical and Sport Activity 


Research Interests:

  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Sport/PE/Physical Activity
  • Experiences of coaches experiencing disability
  • Games centred approaches and people experiencing disability
  • Perfectionism and Mental Health
  • Early Years and Primary PE