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Tom Hounsell

Programme Director - FdSc, BSc and MSc Football programmes

Tom Hounsell


About Research


Tom joined the Physical and Sport Education degree programme in September 2016. Prior to joining St Mary’s University Tom spent six years employed full-time at a leading professional football club, working as a Football & Education head coach and a academy coach. Tom continues to work with this football club part time as a Youth Phase (U15) Academy Coach.


Tom has previously undertaken Coach behavior observation with a focus on effective questioning, as a consequence of the EPPP review. Results were collated to aid in the development of the academy coaching model and review of the syllabus.

Tom has recently finished studying a MSc in Sports Coaching at Loughborough University and focused on whether Game Centred Approach principles can be embedded into one-to-one coaching contexts for his final dissertation.

Research Interests:

  • Coaching pedagogy
  • Coaching sociology
  • Performance/coach behaviour analysis
  • Coach Education

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