Michael is currently the Programme director for the Physical and Sport Education degree at St Mary’s University College and also teaches on the PE Masters programme. In 2012 Michael established two TGfU Cop for students, coaches and teachers and presented at the 5th TGfU International conference. Prior to teaching in higher education he worked in a variety of sports development and coaching roles. Since 2004 Michael has worked for Chelsea FC Academy. During his time there he has worked in a variety of different roles across the different age ranges. Over the past five years Michael has also acted in a consultancy role on Football’s Next Star with Chelsea FC, Inter Milan and Celtic FC. Michael was responsible for developing the tests and identifying potential players for the clubs involved. The tests developed by him were based within the TGfU approach
Within my role at St Mary’s University I currently convene and teach on the TGfU modules that form part of our Physical and Sport Education degree programme. As of September 2013 our revalidated degree will include Teaching and coaching games modules at each of the three levels of the undergraduate degree programme. As these are core modules over 100 students each year will engage in game centred approaches to teaching and coaching young people. I also realize that it is also our responsibility to engage with the wider community of sports educators to empower and share good practice around game centred approaches in teaching and coaching.
In 2008 I established the Centre for Sports Pedagogy at the University. One of the main projects I have developed over the last five years has been to write and deliver CPD opportunities centred around the TGfU approach for primary school teachers and sports coaches. Over 200 teachers and coaches across the UK have participated in these courses. I will continue to develop these opportunities like this across the UK as part of my role as UK representative on the IAB.
To further support the academic and personal development of students, teachers and coaches on their engagement with game centred approaches I have established three TGfU Community of Practices. The initial TGfU CoP resulted in staff, students and teachers presenting their research at the 5th International TGfU conference. I will continue to develop such scholarly activities focused on TGfU with students, teachers and coaches and disseminate this on a national and international.
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