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David Hooper

Lecturer in Sport Developmentdavid hooper

Post-graduate Researcher in Sport Coaching

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

David is currently a Lecturer in Sport Development at Northumbria University. David has previously worked as a Coach, Mentor and Educator for The Football Association across Northumberland and Durham.  David is currently working towards a PhD in Sport Coaching and is part of The FA England DNA Research Working group. David has coached across a variety of settings including grassroots, county and university football and holds the UEFA B Licence and FA Youth Award.  




  • MBM
  • BSc
  • FdSc

Overview of Doctoral Research

An investigation into the coaching values, beliefs and practices of grassroots soccer coaches

David’s research is aiming to develop the quality of coaching within grassroots sport and in turn, develop life-long sport participation, along with the development of health and well-being of those involved with sport. The aim of David’s first study was to evaluate, appraise and synthesise all existing Coaching Practice research in Participatory Sport by conducting a Systematic Review of the literature. The aim of David’s second study was to identify what grassroots soccer coaches perceive as their coaching intentions, values and beliefs underpinning their coaching philosophy and practice in grassroots soccer. Finally, the aim of David’s third study is to determine whether the coach behaviours in action are supportive of the coaching beliefs and values expressed by coaches in study two.



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