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BSc (Hons) Health and Exercise Science
MSc Coaching Science
PGCE Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
UEFA Advanced Licence Holder


Gavin is a Senior Lecturer in Football Coaching and Development and is the current course leader for the prestigious and unique BSc (Hons) Football Coaching and Performance programme, here at USW. Gavin has a wealth of Higher Education experience and has led programmes at Foundation Degree; Honours Degree and Masters Degree level and holds external examiner roles at other Higher Education Institutions.
As part of his role at the University, Gavin leads modules in ‘Coaching adolescent performers’; ‘Performance football coaching’ and ‘Analysis in football coaching and performance’. Grounded in pedagogy, Gavin is enthusiastic and passionate about developing high quality teaching and the development of innovative learning environments. Academically, Gavin has published in the areas of reflective practice; coaching pedagogy, coach education and coach-athlete interaction and continues to show a keen interest in these areas.


Professionally, Gavin is a UEFA A Licensed coach and former professional football player, who proudly works at an International level, coaching at u15/16 age-grade with Wales and was a part of the team that recently retained the Victory Shield. Gavin is also the manger at Barry Town Utd; a position he has held successfully for around 300 senior games.
In addition to these roles, Gavin works as a UEFA coach educator, mentor and assessor on behalf of the Football Association of Wales Trust (FAWT) and delivers a combination of theory and practical content across the coach education spectrum (UEFA B, through to UEFA Pro Licence).


Course Leader: BSc Football Coaching and Performance


Chesterfield, G. A, Potrac, P. and Jones, R.L. (2010). ‘Studentship’ and ‘impression management’: Coaches’ experiences of an advanced soccer coach education award. Sport, Education and Society, 15(3). pp. 299-314.

Hughes, C. Lee, S. and Chesterfield, G. A. (2009) Innovation in sports coaching: the implementation of reflective cards. Reflective Practice, 10(3) pp.367-384

Lee, S. Shaw, D. J and Chesterfield, G. A. (2009) Reflections from a World Champion: an interview with Sir Clive Woodward. Reflective Practice, 10(3) pp.295-310

Ghaye, T. Lee, S. Shaw, D. J. & Chesterfield, G.A. (2009) When winning is not enough: learning through reflections on the ‘best self’. Reflective Practice, 10 (3) pp.385-401


Padley, S. Brady, A. Croad, A. Jeffreys, M. Chesterfield, G. & Vinson, D. (2011) ‘Embedding Communities of Practice in Cross-Cohort Collaborative Coaching Activities – An Action Research Project’, Institute for Performance Research Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Chesterfield, G. A. (2008) Past, Present and Future; a reflective journey. Reflective Learning Workshop. Worcester, UK

Chesterfield, G.A. Jones, R.L. and Mitchell, I.M. (2007) Real time coaching: the impact of assessment on coaches actions. International Council for Coach Education. Beijing. (oral presentation)

Chesterfield, G.A. Jones, R.L and Mitchell, I.M. (2007) Loosening the shackles: Developing more realistic forms of coach assessment. International Council for Coach Education. Beijing.


External Examiner at University of Worcestershire


Football Association of Wales Trust

Areas of Expertise

Coach Education
Innovation in Teaching and Learning
Reflective Practice



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