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Dr Paul Dancy

Programme Director - Sports Coaching Science BSc and Sports Coaching FdSc

Dr Paul Dancy

About Research

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Paul started his undergraduate studies at St Mary's University in September 1999 where he undertook a single honours degree in Sport Science with a focus on sport psychology. He graduated from his first degree in July 2002 and since then has completed his PhD in anxiety and perceived control.

During his PhD studies Paul has also been teaching part-time and full time within the Sport Directorate at St Mary's. Paul is now the Programme Director of the BSc Sports Coaching Science degree and Fd Sports Coaching degree. His main teaching responsibilities lie within the Sports Coaching Science modules which include Coaching Process, Notational Analysis and Skill Acquisition and Research Methods.

Alongside his PhD studies, Paul completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) in 2005, which has been extremely beneficial in enhancing his teaching knowledge and skills.

Through his BASES Supervised Experience course, Paul has been providing sport psychology consultancy to athletes for the past 6 years. Within this time Paul has provided support to a range of athletes within such sports as: cycling, golf, rugby, kayaking and cricket.

In addition to his teaching and consultancy, Paul also coaches cricket at club and university standard twice a week who compete in regional and national competitions. 

At present, Paul’s research activity is in the scaling and modification of equipment and visual search behaviour of coaches.



Howatson, G. and Dancy, P. (2009). An examination of the changing profile of sport science students and the impact on degree outcome. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education, 8, 143 - 147.

Conference presentations

  • Dancy, P. & Murphy, C. P. Manipulations over and beyond equipment scaling positively affect skill production in novice junior cricket batters. Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network biennial meeting, May 2019.
  • Dancy, P. A. J., Thatcher, J., & Smith, W. (2005). What is perceived control? The experiences of elite performers. The European Workshop of Imagery and Cognition Xth Conference, St. Andrews University , June 2005.
  • Dancy, P. A. J., Smith, W., & Thatcher, J. (2004). The effects of a mental imagery intervention on interpretation of pre competition anxiety in cricket batsmen. The British Psychological Society Quinquennial Conference, Manchester , March, 2004.

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