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Dr Alex Twitchen

Alex Twitchen

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer Sport Coaching Practice and Learning
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
  • Childhood, Youth and Sport
  • alex.twitchen

Professional biography

Alex is an experienced coach and coach developer with a passion for understanding and exploring how coaches learn and improve their practice. Alex also has an interest in motor sports and completed his PhD thesis examining the history of safety in motor racing.

Research interests

Alex has research interests in:

1. Coach learning and development: process, systems and theories

2. Coaching practice and behaviours

3. Motor sports

Teaching interests

Coaching practice and coach learning and development

Impact and engagement

Alex has worked for a number of national bodies principally in designing curriclum and quality assurance processes around coach learning and development.


How might online distance learning contribute to coach development (2018-10)
Oakley, Ben and Twitchen, Alex
Applied Coaching Research Journal, 2 (pp. 24-31)


OU student wins Care Apprentice Award

Heather always wanted to be a mental health nurse, having worked as a carer for a number of years. When she was given the chance by her employer to study for an Open University course in Health Care Practise, she grabbed the opportunity. Earlier this year, Heather was awarded the Care Apprentice Award at the National Care Awards, as Carers Week begins, she talks about her journey with The OU.

10th June 2019
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