Mr Martin Longworth

Lecturer in Sports Coaching and Performance

Email address: Phone number: 01902 321980 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Sport & Human Science Areas of expertise: Sports Coaching


My main role is that of a Lecturer in Sports Coaching and Performance at University of Wolverhampton. Here, I am module leader for Analysis of Sport Performance (L5), Performance Analysis and Football Coaching (L5), Football Coaching with Diverse Populations (L6) and Advanced Football Coaching (L6). My teaching status if that of an Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.


I am research active and a current Sports Coaching Doctoral student at Cardiff Metropolitan University. My thesis is due for completion in 2017 entitled “Exploring The Reality of Student-Coaches’ Work-Based Learning”. The focus of my research interests relates to sociological issues within sport coaching, most notably that of student-coaches. I am also interested in coach education provision within football and using a range of qualitative research methods as ways of better understanding sports coaching and performance.


I am a FAW/UEFA A Youth Licence qualified coach and worked at Cardiff Met Uni FC since 2012, where I have held positions such as Second Team Head Coach and Academy Director, and most recently as First Team Assistant Coach. During our successful 2016/17 season we were crowned BUCS National Champions and narrowly missing a chance of European football in the UEFA Europa League Play-Off Final. I am also an FAW Course Tutor on the FAW/UEFA C Certificate.

Research interests

Football Coaching

Qualitative Research Methodologies in Sports Coaching

Innovative Teaching and Learning Strategies

Membership of professional bodies

British Sociological Association – Member 

Football Association of Wales – Coach and Tutor

Union of European Football Associations – Licenced Coach


Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2017

UEFA/FAW ‘A’ Youth Licence, 2017

Sports Coach UK Safeguarding & Child Protection, 2017

FAW First Aid for Football Awareness, 2017

FAW Goalkeepers Level 1, 2014

UEFA ‘B’ Licence (Youth & Senior), 2014

FAW Futsal Level 1, 2014

UEFA ‘C’ Licence (Youth & Senior), 2013

Level 2 NVQ in Activity Leadership, 2010

FA Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Football, 2009

Sports Leaders UK Level 3 Award in Higher Sports Leadership, 2009


Longworth, M. (2015). An [Auto]-Ethnographic Study of A Football Coach’s Experience in Coach Education’. Unpublished Master’s Thesis. Cardiff School of Sport, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales.

Longworth, M. (2012). Preparing Coaches to Coach: Examining Coaches’ Experiences of Coach Education in Soccer’. Unpublished Undergraduate Thesis. Cardiff School of Sport, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales.

Conference Oral Presentations

Longworth, M (2017). Exploring The Reality of Student-Coaches’ Work-Based Learning. Professional Doctorate Thesis presented 4th International Coaching Conference Presented by The Cluster for Research into Coaching (CRiC) and Sports Coaching Review, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales. 06/09 

Longworth, M (2016). Exploring The Reality of Student-Coaches’ Work-Based Learning. Professional Doctorate Methodology and Initial Results presented at The Faculdade de Desporto da Universidade do Porto, Portugal. 13/05

Longworth, M (2016). My Experience(s) of Education and Coaching in the UK. Autobiographic journey presented at The PhD Sport Forum at The Faculdade de Desporto da Universidade do Porto, Portugal. 11/05

Longworth, M (2015). Exploring The Reality of Student-Coaches’ Work-Based Learning. Professional Doctorate proposal presented at The British Sociological Association Sport study Group Forum at Edge Hill University, England. 04/09

Previous professional experience

Tutor in Sports Coaching and Football, Cardiff Metropolitan University. 2014 – 2017

  • Design teaching material and deliver across a range of modules

  • Use appropriate teaching, learning support and assessment methods

  • Contribute to the planning, design and development of objectives and material

  • Support the development of research objectives and projects

  • Apply knowledge acquired from scholarship to teaching

  • Routinely communicate complex and conceptual ideas

  • Be responsible for the pastoral care of students

  • Act as a responsible team member, leading when agreed, and develop productive working relationships with other members of staff


Module Co-ordinator (Research Methods), Bridgend College.          2016 – 2017

  • Deliver weekly seminars which align to the Cardiff Met Uni syllabus

  • Guide the students towards the completion of their dissertation proposal

  • Assessing summative essays and formative preparation tasks on a weekly basis

  • Providing students with prompt and constructive feedback towards facilitating their development throughout their learning experience

  • Following the guidelines and adhering to the marking rubric outlined by the module leader


Academy Director, Cardiff Met Uni FC                                                    2016 – Present

  • Plan, organise and facilitate a comprehensive Academy syllabus to develop young athletes aged U5 to U19 technically, tactically, physically and psycho-socially.

  • Ensure that young players train for quality and development and that the rules and regulations of the Academy and the mission and philosophy of Cardiff Met FC are encouraged at all times.

  • Meet FAW and UEFA criteria including operational and legal requirements – coaching style, child protection, health & safety, first aid, diet, nutrition and, equality and diversity. 

  • Planning, organising and facilitating a comprehensive Academy fixture programme for each age group against Welsh Premier League and English Academies.

  • Responsible for the recruitment, managing, supervision and development of the Academy coaching staff, taking whatever steps are necessary to maintain the highest professional standards at all times.


    Key Achievements

  • Granted FAW Academy accreditation within the Dafabet Welsh Premier Academy system

  • Redesigning the Academy Syllabus to align with the clubs philosophy


First Team Assistant Coach, Cardiff Met Uni FC                                    2016 – Present

  • Consult with the Director of Football on a regularly basis outlining the weekly schedule; training requirements, match day requirements, squad selection and administrative duties.

  • Assist in the delivery of two simultaneous football programs (Welsh Premier League & BUCS) including: 2 fixtures, 2 training sessions, 1 recovery and 1 performance analysis session per week.

  • Provide support and mentor the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th team student-coaches. Ensuring they meet the job requirements e.g. squad selection, facilities, training, equipment and recruitment.


Key Achievements

  • BUCS National Champions

  • UEFA Europa League Play-Off Finalists