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David Eldridge

Senior Lecturer

Dave has always had a keen interest in all sporting activities, this led to him making the decision to study the BA (Hons) Physical Education and Teaching degree at Chichester University. After graduating from this programme, he spent five years teaching at a secondary school in West Sussex, England.

He is now a senior lecturer at the University and teaches on the BA (Hons) Physical Education and Sports Coaching, BA (Hons) Physical Education in the Primary Years, BA (Hons) Physical Education in the Secondary Years and BA (Hons) Primary Teaching with subject specialism undergraduate degrees. Dave also teaches on the Primary PGCE and Secondary PGCE Physical Education programmes.

Throughout his time at university and teaching within schools Dave has had a passion for coaching, this led to him gaining the UEFA A Licence qualification in Football. Alongside his teaching role he initially coached talented boys aged 12-16 at Portsmouth Football Clubs Academy. Dave now runs his own football coaching business working with young aspiring football players in his spare time.

Dave has keen research interests in the analysis of sporting performance and has an MSc in Sports Performance Analysis. His main interests lie within the sport of football and specifically the area of players visual exploratory activity.




  • 2019: Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • 2012 – 2014: University of Chichester – MSc. Sports Performance Analysis.
  • 2000 – 2005: University of Chichester, BA (QTS) Physical Education Teaching, 2:1.
  • Football Association (National Governing Body) member
  • UEFA ‘A’ License in Football



  • Pulling, C., Kearney, P., Eldridge, D., & Dicks, M. (2018). Exploring football coaches’ perceptions of the introduction, delivery and evaluation of visual exploratory activity. Psychology for Sport and Exercise, 39, 81-89.
  • Pulling, C., Eldridge, D., Ringshall, E., & Robins, M.T. (2018). Analysis of crossing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 18 (4), 657-677.
  • Pulling, C., Eldridge, D., & Lomax, J. (2016). Centre Passes in the UK Netball Super League. International Journal of Performance Analysis, 16 (1), 389-400.
  • Pulling, C., Eldridge, D., & Dillon, C. (2015). Practitioner behaviours during Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 invasion games lessons. Physical Education Matters, 10 (1), 39-44.
  • Eldridge, D., Pulling, C., & Robins, M. (2013). Visual Exploratory Activity and Resultant Behavioural Analysis of Youth Midfield Soccer Players. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 8 (3), 560-577.
  • Mackinney, R., Eldridge, D., Prior, M. & Pulling, C. (2013) Thinking Games: Primary Key Stage 2 Invasion Games. Thinking Sport Ltd.



After completing the MSc in Sports Performance Analysis, I have taken a keen interest in the analysis of sporting performance and teacher/coach behaviours. During my postgraduate studies I predominantly worked with individuals and teams in the sport of football and this is where my research interests evolved. My main interest within football lies in the area of players visual exploratory activity. As this has developed I am currently investigating coach’s perceptions of visual exploratory activity and the practices they are using to develop this perceptual cognitive skill in players. This research has played a crucial role in informing my coaching philosophy and the development of pedagogical practice in those I educate.

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