School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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Dr Steven Bradbury BSc, PG DIP, MA, PhD, FHEA

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Between 1991 and 2002 Dr Steven Bradbury completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Sociology, a Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology, a Master’s degree (distinction) in Public Order and a PhD in the Sociology of Sport within the Sociology department at the University of Leicester. During this period, Dr Bradbury also worked as a Research Assistant at the Sir Norman Chester Centre for Football Research (1994-1996) and as a Research Methods Tutor (1998-2001) at the Sociology Department at the University of Leicester.

Between 2002 and 2013, Dr Bradbury worked as (Senior) Research Associate at the Institute of Youth Sport, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University. During this time, Dr Bradbury led a series of research projects focusing on the following key areas:

  • Young people, sport and social inclusion, with a particular emphasis on youth sports volunteering as a mechanism through which to engender social capital and citizenship
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) youth participation in sports, with a particular emphasis on the role of BAME football clubs as sites of racial integration and community empowerment.
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) representation as players, coaches and leaders in professional football, with a particular emphasis on examining key enabling and constraining factors and issues of institutional discrimination and hegemonic whiteness

Since 2013, Dr Bradbury has worked as a Lecturer in Young People and Sport at the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University and in 2015 also became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Dr Bradbury is presently the module leader for two undergraduate modules entitled ‘Sport Pedagogy 2’ and ‘Sport, Social Inclusion and Diversity’. Dr Bradbury is also the staff-student liaison co-ordinator for the Sport Science and Management undergraduate degree.

Dr Bradbury continues to be involved in conducting high quality and high impact research, to publish reports, book chapters and academic articles and to present research findings to a range of governmental, policy and academic audiences at a national and international level. This is especially the case in relation to Dr Bradbury’s ground-breaking work examining the under-representation and racialised experiences of BAME coaches in professional football in Europe and his ongoing work with key stakeholder bodies to evaluate the effectiveness of measures designed to redress these racialized inequities in the sport.

 

 

 

Since 2002 Dr Steven Bradbury has successfully accessed funding and led a number of research projects on behalf of a range of regional, national and international sports bodies and development agencies. These projects have focused on evaluating work to develop young people in and through sport and to promote more equitable participation across all aspects of sports amongst BAME youth and adult populations. Most recently, Dr Bradbury’s research has focused on examining the levels of representation and experiences of elite level BAME coaches in professional football and evaluating the effectiveness of measures designed to redress this racialized imbalance. These funded research projects include:

• Evaluation of the FA BAME coach bursary programme, funded by the Football Association (2016-2019)
• Cracking the glass ceiling: Levels of representation of minorities and women in leadership and coaching in European football and the experiences of minority coaches in England, France and the Netherlands, funded by the FARE Network (2012-2014)
• Evaluation of the FA COACH Bursary programme: activities, experiences, benefits and challenges, funded by the Football Association (2013-2014)
• Evaluation of the Football Unites, Racism Divides, Football and Belonging (asylum seekers and refugees) project, funded by Football Unites, Racism Divides and the Big Lottery (2010-2013)
• Evaluation of McDonalds contribution to grassroots football in the UK and identification of potential future contribution, funded by McDonalds and Red Consultancy (2012-2013)
• Representation and structural discrimination in football in Europe: The case of minorities and women, funded by UEFA (2010-2011)
• Evaluation of the Football Foundation Community Strategy and Facilities Programme, funded by the Football Foundation (2010-2011)
• Evaluation of the Sport Scotland Active Schools programme, funded by Sport Scotland (2008-2011)
• Evaluation of Living for Sport youth volunteering programme, funded by the Youth Sport Trust (2008–2009)
• Evaluation of Black and Minority Ethnic adult and youth participation in local football in Leicestershire and Rutland, funded by the English FA (2006)
• Evaluation of the Step into Sport young volunteers programme, funded by the Youth Sport Trust, Sport England and Sports Leaders UK (2002-2009)

In conducting this funded research, Dr Bradbury has utilised a range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Qualitative methods have included; semi-structured face to face, telephone interviews and focus groups with children, young people, PE teachers, sports coaches, sports club members, local authority sport development managers, NGO’s and senior administrators at regional, national and European governing bodies of sports. Quantitative methods have included survey design, data collection and analysis and have incorporated hard copy and online survey procedures. Throughout this period Dr Bradbury has presented research findings to a diverse range of governmental, policy and academic based audiences in the UK, Europe and North America.

 

Since 2006 Dr Steven Bradbury has presented research findings to a range of governmental, policy and academic based audiences in the UK, Europe and North America. The activities outlined below include only ‘public’ presentations delivered to key governmental, policy and academic audiences and do not include ‘internal’ presentations delivered to funders and related stakeholder bodies such as NGPB’s, NGB’s, NGO’s and key charitable organisations.

  • Bradbury, S. (2017) ‘Addressing under-representation with action: Sports People’s Think Tank Panel Discussion’ Soccerex Global Convention, Manchester, September 2017
  • Bradbury, S. (2017) ‘The under-representation and experiences of elite level minority coaches in professional football in England, France and the Netherlands’ European Association of the Sociology of Sport, Prague, Czech Republic, July 2017
  • Bradbury, S. (2016) ‘Levels of BAME coaches in professional football: 2nd annual follow up report’ All Parliamentary Football Committee, House of Commons, UK, November 2016.
  • Bradbury, S. (2015) ‘Levels of BAME coaches in professional football: 1st annual follow up report’ All Parliamentary Football Committee, House of Commons, UK, November 2015.
  • Bradbury, S., Van Sterkenburg, J., Mignon, P. (2015) ‘Cracking the glass ceiling? Racial stereotypification and the experiences of elite level ethnic minority coaches in football in Europe’ International Sociology of Sport Association conference, Paris, France. June 2015
  • Bradbury, S. (2014) ‘‘Ethnic minorities and coaching in elite level football in England: A call to action’ All Parliamentary Football Committee, House of Commons, UK, November 2014.
  • Bradbury, S., Van Sterkenburg, Mignon, P. (2014) ‘Cracking the glass ceiling? Levels of representation of minorities in leadership and coaching and experiences of minority coaches’ UEFA Seminar on Institutional Discrimination. Amsterdam. Netherlands. December 2014
  • Bradbury, S., Van Sterkenburg., Mignon, P.  (2014). ‘Cracking the glass ceiling? Representation in coaching and management in European football’ UEFA Respecting Diversity conference. Rome. Italy. September 2014
  • Bradbury, S., and Houlihan, B. (2013) ‘Ten years of teamwork: an evaluation of the McDonalds national grassroots football partnerships 2012-2012’ House of Commons (England), Welsh Assembly (Wales), Holyrood (Scotland), Stormont (Northern Ireland). January/February 2013
  • Bradbury, S. (2012). ‘Cracking the glass ceiling? The under-representation of minority coaches and structural discrimination in football in Europe’ 4th Bi-annual Sport, race, and ethnicity. University of Ulster, Belfast. Northern Ireland. September 2012
  • Bradbury, S. (2012) ‘The under-representation of women and institutional discrimination in leadership and football’ Game changers: Equality, social inclusion and activism. Football Against Racism in Europe. Rome. Italy. May 2012
  • Bradbury, S. (2012) ‘Sport and social outcomes for asylum seekers and refugees’ Football: A shared sense of belonging. Sheffield. England. January 2012
  • Bradbury, S. (2011). 'It's just an old boys club': The representation of women in football governance in Europe’ Sport and the European Union conference. Nottingham Trent University. England. March 2011
  • Bradbury, S. (2011). 'Cracking the glass ceiling?': The representation of minorities and women in European football' Sport and interculturalism: problems, practice and evaluation, North East Peace 3 sport and leisure programme conference. University of Belfast. June 2011
  • Bradbury, S. (2011) ‘Representation and structural discrimination in professional football in Europe: the case of minorities and females’. UEFA conference on institutional discrimination in football. Amsterdam. Netherlands. January 2011
  • Bradbury, S. (2010) ‘From racial exclusions to new inclusions: black and minority ethnic participation in football clubs in the East Midlands of England’ Institute of Youth Sport annual conference. Loughborough University. September 2010
  • Bradbury, S. (2010). 'It's not as simple as black and white': challenging racisms in professional football through locally grounded multi-agency collaboration’ Leisure Studies Association annual conference. Leeds Metropolitan University. June 2010
  • Bradbury, S. (2009) ‘From racial exclusions to cultural fusions: The experience of black and minority ethnic football clubs in the East Midlands of England’ New perspectives on 'race' and football conference. University of Brighton. July 2009
  • Bradbury, S. (2007) ‘Racisms, resistance and identity in local football in Leicestershire’ Annual conference of International Sociology of Sport Association. Copenhagen, Denmark. July 2007
  • Kay, T. and Bradbury, S. (2007). ‘Youth sport volunteering: developing social capital’ Leisure Studies and Social Capital Discourse conference at London Metropolitan University, May 2007
  • Kay, T. and Bradbury, S. (2006). ‘Sport: Stepping into Citizenship’. Paper presented at the ‘Re-imagining Community and Re-envisioning Sport’, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport conference. Vancouver, November 2006Featured publications 
  • Bradbury, S. (2018) ‘The under-representation and racialised experiences of minority coaches in high level coach education in professional football in England’ in Hassan, D., and Action, C. Sport and Contested Identities (pp11-29). Routledge. London.
  • Bradbury, S., Van Sterkenburg, J., Mignon, P (2016) ‘The under-representation and experiences of elite level minority coaches in professional football in England, France and the Netherlands’ International Review of the Sociology of Sport (online first) DOI: 10.1177/1012690216656807
  • Bradbury, S. (2016) ‘The progression of Black and Minority Ethnic footballers into coaching in professional football: a case study analysis of the COACH bursary programme’ in Allison, W., Abraham, A., Cale, A. Advances in Coach Education and Development: from research to practice (pp137-148). Routledge. London and New York
  • Bradbury, S. (2013) ‘Institutional racism, whiteness and the under-representation of minorities in leadership positions in football in Europe’. Soccer and Society, 14(3), 296-314. doi:10.1080/14660970.2013.801262
  • Bradbury, S. (2013) ‘Racisms and the experiences of minorities in amateur football in the UK and Europe’ Handbook of Sport and leisure Studies (pp. 216-229). Sage.
  • Bradbury, S. (2012) ‘Racisms, resistance and new youth inclusions: the socio-historical development and shifting focus of Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic football clubs in Leicester’ in D. Burdsey (Ed.), Race, Ethnicity and Football: persisting debates and emerging issues (pp. 67-83). Routledge.
  • Bradbury, S. (2011) ‘From racial exclusions to new inclusions: Black and minority ethnic participation in football clubs in the East Midlands of England’ International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 46(1), 23-44. doi:10.1177/1012690210371562
  • Bradbury, S. (2010) ‘It's not as simple as black and white: challenging racisms in English professional football through locally grounded multi-agency collaboration’ in J. Long, & K. Spracklen (Eds.), Sport and Challenges to Racism (pp. 199-213). Palgrave.
  • Kay, T., & Bradbury, S. (2009) ‘Youth sport volunteering: developing social capital? Sport, Education and Society14(1), 121-140. doi:10.1080/13573320802615288
  • Bradbury, S. (2008) ‘Youth Sport Volunteering: Developing social capital’ in Sport, Leisure, Culture and Social Capital: Discourse and Practice (pp. 51-67).
  • Bradbury, S., & Kay, T. (2008) ‘Stepping into Community? The impact of youth volunteering on young people's social capital’ in M. Nicholson, & R. Hoye (Eds.), Sport and Social Capital (pp. 285-317).
  • Bradbury, S., & Williams, J. (2006) ‘New Labour, racism and 'new' football in England’ Patterns of Prejudice 40(1), 61-82. doi:10.1080/00313220500482704

Reports (recent BAME and coaching)

  • Bradbury, S. (2017) ‘Evaluation of the FA BAME bursary programme: first annual review’ Loughborough University, August 2017
  • Bradbury, S. (2016) ‘Levels of BME coaches in professional football in England: 2nd annual follow report’ Loughborough University, Sports People’s Think Tank, FARE Network. October 2016
  • Bradbury, S. (2015) ‘Levels of BME coaches in professional football in England: 1st annual follow report’ Loughborough University, Sports People’s Think Tank, FARE Network. October 2015
  • Bradbury, S. (2014). Cracking the glass ceiling? Levels of representation of 'visible' minorities and women in leadership and coaching in football in Europe and the experiences of elite level 'visible' minority coaches. FARE Network and Loughborough University (see summary of report at http://www.farenet.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/The-glass-ceiling-in-football-screen3.pdf
  • Bradbury, S. (2014) ‘Ethnic minorities and coaching in elite level football in England: A call to action’ Sports People's Think Tank, FARE Network and Loughborough University (see report at http://www.farenet.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/We-speak-with-one-voice.pdf
  • Bradbury, S., Amara, M., Garcia, B., Bairner, A. (2011) ‘Representation and structural discrimination in football in Europe’ FARE Network and Loughborough University