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David Eldridge

Senior Lecturer

Dave Eldridge 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 PE 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.

This enabled him the opportunity to work with elite boys aged 12-16 at Portsmouth Football Clubs Academy. Dave has also been selected to become a Football Association tutor and is currently completing the training.

Dave decided to leave the Academy set up to develop his own football coaching business known as "The Elite Training Centre".

Dave targets players who have been released by professional clubs or who excel at grassroots level.

Through Dave's innovative coaching style, over 80 players have been signed by professional clubs in the last seven years.

Of these players five are now professional players for teams in the English Premier League and two have represented their country at youth level. 

Dave has keen research interests in the analysis of sporting performance and has an MSc in Sports Performance Analysis.

Recent publications

Eldridge, D., Pulling, C., & Robins, M. T. (2013) Visual exploratory activity and resultant behavioural analysis of youth midfield soccer players. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 8 (3), 560-577. ISSN 1988-5202.

Eldridge, D., Prior, M., & Pulling, C. (2012). Thinking Soccer. Southampton, U.K: Thinking Sport.

Mackinney, R., Eldridge, D., Prior, M.,  & Pulling C. (2013). Thinking Games: Primary Key Stage 2 Invasion Games. Southampton, U.K: Thinking Sport. ISBN 978-0-9927976-0-7.

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. ISSN 1751-0988.

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