Dave Bright

Senior Lecturer in Sport Coaching


My current role requires me to develop undergraduate students as sport coaches, providing them with an awareness and understanding of the underpinning motor learning and coaching research. The research findings are then practically tested via practical coaching either on site, or during the work placement module, with reflective practice encouraged and monitored to develop and expand the coaching toolkit of each student.

More global challenges (e.g. doping, concussion) are investigated in the issues in sport coaching module, where ethical frameworks are applied to allow the students to clearly establish how those factors may impact on them at the level of day to day coaching. The skills of discussion and debate are introduced with the goal being to develop a more holistic and empathetic understanding of the contemporary issues within sport.

All of the above requires an individualised approach as no two coaches will ever approach a problem the same way, and so the challenge is to find each students strengths as a coach whilst still having their practice underpinned by appropriate academic rigour.



  • 2019 – PGCert (Learning and Teaching) – University of Chichester
  • 2014 – MSc – Psychology of Sport and Exercise – University of Chichester
  • 2013 – BSc (Hons) – Sport Coaching Science – University of Chichester


  • Analysis of Coaching Practice
  • Issues in Sport Coaching
  • Work Placement (Sport Science and Coaching route)
  • Sport Science “Flow State” (Esports)


  • Module lead for Analysis of Coaching Practice, Issues in Sport Coaching, and Work Placement modules

University Committees/ Responsibilities:

  • Research representative for Institute of Sport coaching area

Professional activities, roles and memberships:

Owner/Lead coach – Worthing Wing Chun. I run an independent traditional martial arts school (having trained in the system since 1997), and I consider this ongoing work as a coach to be vital in guiding the undergraduates toward better coaching understanding and practice.

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Research and scholarly output:

Smith, M., Birch, P. & Bright, D. (2019). Identifying stressors and coping strategies of elite esports competitors. International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations, 11, 22-39. https://doi.org/10.4018/IJGCMS.2019040102

Bright, D. (2017). Conference Review: 7th Meeting of the Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review, 13, 57-59.

Bright, D. (2017). Differences in the observation and feedback processes of master level and competent martial arts coaches. MSc dissertation, presented at the Martial Arts Studies Conference, Cardiff, UK.


My main research interests are in motor learning and its application to practical sport coaching. I am currently in the early stages of a PhD investigating the effects of cognitive load and autonomous task selection in motor learning.

Other department members

Julie Gooderick
Lecturer in Sports Therapy
Louis Langdown
Senior Lecturer in Sports Performance Analysis
Kasha Dickie
Lecturer in Clinical Exercise Physiology

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