Mr Luke Gibson

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

College: College of Life & Natural Sciences

Department: Life Sciences

Subject area: Sport and Exercise

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I am Programme Leader for the FdSc Sport Performance & Analysis programme and teach on the BA (Hons) Sport Coaching & Development and FdSc Sport 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 undergraduate Independent Study and postgraduate MRes students.

Teaching responsibilities

  • Programme Leader for FdSc Sport Performance & Analysis
  • Coaching & Skill Acquisition (Level 4)
  • Applied Coaching & Training (Level 4)
  • Vocational & Experiential Development (Level 4)
  • Research & Academic Skills (Level 4)
  • Populations in Sport, Health & Exercise (Level 5)
  • Sport & Physical Activity Development (Level 5)
  • Professional Development in Sport (Level 5)
  • Independent Study Supervision (Level 6)
  • MRes Supervision (Level 7)


Professional interests

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

Research interests

  • Managing Change in Professional Football
  • Coach Learning & Development
  • 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 Three
  • FA Futsal Level One
  • Prozone Level One
  • FA Basic First Aid For Sport Award

Recent publications

Gibson, L., & Groom, R. (2017 ifirst). Ambiguity, manageability and the orchestration of organisational change: a case study of a Premier League Academy Manager. Sport Coaching Review:

Recent conferences

  • Gibson, L., Draper, N., & Groom, R. (2016) Understanding the behaviours and actions of others during organisational change in professional youth football. 5th International Conference for Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, University of Chichester, UK, 1st September 2016.

  • 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

1st Team Manager at Abbey Hey FC in the North West Counties Football League Premier Division and Assistant Manager of the England University Men's Football Squad. Previously Youth Development Phase Coach at Bury Football Club working with the Under 15s/Under 16s.

Experience in industry

  • 1st Team Manager - Abbey Hey FC (2013 - Present)
  • Assistant Manager - England University Men's Football Squad (2017 - Present)
  • Youth Development Phase Coach - Bury FC (2014 - 2016)
  • Foundation Phase Coach – Bury FC (2010 – 2014)
  • Community Football Coach – Crewe Alexandra Football Club (2009 – 2010)
  • Casual Coach – Isle of Man Sports Development Unit (2007 – 2009).

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