'It could be quite a lonely job being a mentor': Exploring the learning and development of sports coach mentors

Tom Leeder

University of East Anglia

Tom is currently a 2nd year PhD student at the University of East Anglia, UK. His research explores the learning and development of sports coach mentors, working with the English Football Association (FA) on their formal FA Coach Mentor Programme. Tom's research interests broadly focus on mentoring, coach learning, and coach education within a sociological framework.


It has been suggested that learning to mentor is “somewhat developmental; it must be learned by engaging in it and needs to be constantly supported” (Gilles & Wilson, 2004, p.87). Despite increased scholarly work... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Tom Leeder (University of East Anglia)
  2. Kate Russell (University of East Anglia)
  3. Lee Beaumont (University of East Anglia)

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• Empowering practitioners and supporting professional learning


PS1-E » Oral - Professional learning with others (08:30 - Thursday, 26th July, Nelson, St Leonard's Hall)

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