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Dr Steve Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Coaching and Psychology. Steve undertook a sports therapy undergraduate degree at the University of Chichester followed by an MProf in professional development at Solent University. Steve completed his PhD at the University of Winchester, which examined the psychological influencing factors of the practice environment. Steve also holds Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status and has a raft of teaching experience across various domains.

Steve’s research focus centres on sport performance psychology, specifically within the environments of deliberate practice where coaches have a key role to support and develop athletes. Steve is a highly experienced practitioner and has created many strong links with several sports. His experience ranges from having competed and coached in international badminton tournaments to grassroots football coaching.


Smith, S., Grimes, P., Jessop, D. and Baczala, O (2023), Mechanical load differences between practice and match play in badminton. International Journal of Racket Sport Science, Vol 5 No 2.

Smith, S. M., Tasker, E., Paine, E., Hughes, T. M., Heiden, C., & Baczala, O. (2022). Skill Acquisition and Development Issues with Predictable Badminton Feeding Routines. International Journal of Physical Education, Fitness and Sports, 11(1), 20-29.

Smith, S. M. & Bedwell, J. R. (2021). Euro 2020 goal analysis: an ecological dynamics approach for football shooting practice. Journal of Physical Education and Sport, 21(6), 3319-3325.

Smith, S. M., Brown, H., & Cotterill, S. T. (2021). Implementing and Evaluating the Practice Environment Model Using Action Research. International Sport Coaching Journal1(aop), 1-11.

Smith, S. M., Cotterill, S. T., & Brown, H. (2020). An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Coach Perceptions in the Practice Environment. The Sport Psychologist34(4), 257-267.

Smith, S. M., Cotterill, S. T., & Brown, H. (2020). An interpretative phenomenological analysis of performance influencing factors within the practice environment. Journal of Physical Education and Sport20(4), 1646-1657.

Smith, S. M., Cotterill, S. T., & Brown, H. (2019). A case study of factors influencing performance in the practice environment. Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology3(1), 33-40.

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