Mr Luke Gibson

Position: Programme Leader FdSc Sport Coaching Lecturer in Sports Coaching & Development

College: College of Life & Natural Sciences

Department: Life Sciences

Subject area: Sport and Exercise

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I teach on a range of modules on both the BSc Sports Coaching and FdSc Sports Coaching programmes. Additionally, I am currently registered on a part time PhD by Traditional Route, investigating Managerial and Organisational Change in Professional Football. I also supervise a cohort of Independent Study students.

Teaching responsibilities

  • Programme Leader for FdSc Sport Coaching
  • Independent Study Supervision (Level 6)
  • Introduction to Sport Coaching (Level 4)
  • Human Performance (Level 4)
  • Populations in Sport, Health & Exercise (Level 5)
  • Adaptive Physical Activity & Coaching (Level 6)
  • Sport & Physical Activity Development (Level 5)
  • Research & Academic Skills (Level 4)
  • Professional Development in Sport (Level 5).


Professional interests

  • Coaching in Professional/Semi-Professional Football
  • Talent Development.

Research interests

  • Managing Change in Professional Football
  • Complex Systems Theory in Football
  • Coaching Pedagogy
  • Athlete Learning
  • Talent Development.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Undergraduate Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Coaching and Sport Development, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Postgraduate Qualifications

  • MA Exercise and Sport, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Industry Qualifications

  • UEFA B Licence in Coaching Football
  • FA Youth Module One
  • FA Futsal Level One.

Recent conferences

  • Gibson, L., Groom, R., Draper, N. (2015) Understanding the actions and behaviours of coaches during managerial and organisational change in professional football. Poster presentation at College of Life and Natural Sciences Research Conference 2015. [Poster].

  • Gibson, L., Groom, R., Nelson, L., & Potrac, P. (2011). Ambiguity, Manageability, and Orchestration: Implementing and Coping with Complex Organisational Change in Elite Soccer. Sports and Coaching: Pasts and Futures, Crewe, UK, 25th June 2011.

Additional interests and activities

Currently working in the industry as a part time U16's Academy Football Coach at Bury FC and 1st Team Manager at Abbey Hey FC. 

Experience in industry

  • Youth Development Phase Coach - Bury FC (2014 - Present)
  • Foundation Phase Coach – Bury FC (2010 – 2014)
  • 1st Team Manager - Abbey Hey FC (2013 – Present)
  • Community Football Coach – Crewe Alexandra Football Club (2009 – 2010)
  • Casual Coach – Isle of Man Sports Development Unit (2007 – 2009).

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