Skip to content Exit mobile menu

Dr Paul Dancy

Senior Lecturer - Sports Coaching Science BSc and Sports Coaching FdSc

Dr Paul Dancy

About Research

Tel: 020 8240 4220


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.

Paul is a Senior Lecturer on the BSc Sports Coaching Science and FdSc Physical Education and Sports Coaching degrees. His main teaching responsibilities lie within 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 and is a Fellow of the HEA.

Paul’s applied work is within cricket coaching and sport psychology consultancy. Through the BASES Supervised Experience course, Paul has provided sport psychology consultancy to athletes for the past 8 years. Paul has experience coaching cricket at club and university standard to those competing in regional and national competitions.

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


Areas of research supervision

  • Skill learning
  • Equipment scaling
  • Learning environments and sports coaching

Research profile


  • Howatson, G., & 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.
  • Dancy, P. A. J., & Murphy, C. P. (2020). The effect of equipment modification on the performance of novice junior cricket batters. Journal of Sport Sciences, 38, 2415-2422.

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.

Media enquiries

For media enquiries, please contact our Press Office Team by emailing