Martin Toms

Colleges, School and Institutes

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Martin Toms’ main research interests fall around the 'grass roots' of sport and participation of young people in the dynamic sports/coaching environment. With experience of research at school, club and professional level he explores the coach-athlete dynamic from a sociological perspective. As one of the joint authors of the SportsCoachUK report on 'Participant Development', his work explores the interplay of the 'social' within the Bio-Psycho-Social domain of participation and talent in sport.

Dr Toms’ main research interests include: participant and talent development; influence of the family on sports participation; sociology of coaching; sports ethnography; cricket and golf (participation patterns/coaching); rural sport and club sport provision; youth sport participation; and talent development pathways and provision.