Dr Anna Stodter

Course Leader, MSc Sport and Exercise Science

Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Psychology and Sport Science

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Sport and exercise sciences

Research Supervision:Yes

Anna’s research interests include sports coaches’ learning and education, which informs both her teaching and applied coaching activities in rugby union.

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Anna Joined ARU in June 2015 after working part-time as an online tutor on the Coaching for Performance in Football degree, alongside her role as performance pathway coordinator for Archery GB.

Before this, Anna was based at Loughborough University, completing her PhD on coaches’ learning and working on a number of evaluation projects for The FA, UK Sport and Sportscoach UK.

Research interests

  • Coach learning
  • Coach education
  • Coaching behaviour
  • Professional development and CPD evaluation
  • Mixed methods research

Areas of research supervision

  • Sports coaching
  • Football coaching and women’s football
  • Executive coaching


BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Physical Education, BSc (Hons) Sports Science, BSc (Hons) Coaching for Performance in Football, MSc Sport and Exercise Science


  • PhD Understanding coaches’ learning and education, Loughborough University
  • MSc Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Loughborough University
  • BSc Biological Sciences (Hons: Psychology), The University of Edinburgh

Memberships, editorial boards

  • The FA Licensed Coaches Club
  • Rugby Football Union Level 2 Licensed Coach

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Anna has worked with various performers as a coach and programme manager, and in sport psychology support. Following her role managing Archery GB’s regional and Paralympic performance academies, she is currently coaching at Cambridge University Women’s Rugby Football Club.

Selected recent publications

Stodter, A., Cushion, C. J., 2017. What works in coach learning, how, and for whom? A grounded process of soccer coaches’ professional learning. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 9(3), 321-338.

Stodter, A., Cushion, C. J., 2016. Effective coach learning and the processes of coaches’ knowledge development: what works? In P. A Davis (ed.) The Psychology of Effective Coaching and Management (New York: Nova Science Publishers).

Stodter, A., Cushion, C. J., 2014. Coaches’ learning and education: a case study of contexts in conflict. Sports Coaching Review, 3(1), 63-79.

Recent presentations and conferences

Stodter, A., Cushion, C. J., 2018. ‘I can only go on my experiences’: challenges in coach educators’ training and understandings of learning. 6th International Conference on Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, Vancouver, BC, 6–8h June

Stodter, A., Cushion, C. J., 2017. Evaluating formal coach education: how design and delivery relate to coaches’ learning outcomes. 11th ICCE Global Coach Conference, Liverpool, 31 July-2 August

Stodter, A., Cope, E., 2017. Developing reflection in an online learning community of coaches. 12th ICCE Global Coach Conference, Liverpool, 31 July-2 August

Stodter, A., and Cushion, C. J., 2015. Evidencing the Impact of coaches’ learning: Changes in coaching knowledge and practice over time. MMU CRiC International Coaching Conference, Crewe, 9-10 September