Sam Coombes Faculty of Education & Health

Sam Coombes BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, QTS

Sam Coombes

Sam R Coombes
BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, QTS

Senior Lecturer in PE and Sport

Department of Secondary, LLTE and PE & Sport

Faculty of Education and Health

Dr Samuel Coombes joined the Teacher Education Faculty at the University of Greenwich as a Senior Lecturer in PE and Sport in August 2017.

Samuel obtained a PhD from the University of Roehampton in 2016 after studying mentoring relationships with young people in education. His interest in mentoring had come from working at the Youth Sport Trust (Loughborough) and with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. In both organisations Samuel had supported and mentored many young people and adults who were not in mainstream education, training or employment. Sport was used in many of these mentoring relationships as a common ground to share experiences and to build rapport. Samuel helped many young people gain confidence and build their skills to return to education, employment or training.

Having previously worked as PE teacher and lecturer in Sport from 2005, Samuel continued his professional practice through an MSc in Sports Pedagogy and Physical Education at Loughborough University in 2008. Samuel went onto become an Advanced Teacher Practitioner in an FE college, lecturing on both L3 and degree (BSc) programs in sport, coaching and PE. Samuel was also lead lecturer on the DTTLS (Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector) and PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) programs for trainee teachers. Whilst working in the FE sector Samuel became a senior manager as Head of Student Services and lead designated safeguarding officer.

Samuel's research has a cross-disciplinary focus, integrating theories on identity, career development, pedagogy, physical education and sport. Samuel's aim is to make an impact through experience in teaching PE and Sport and collaborations with schools, charities, national governing bodies and fellow universities.
Samuel continues to be a competitive athlete and has won various Kent County medals in the 800m and 1500m and was podium placed in Great Britain for his age (over 35's). Samuel has guest lectured for England Athletics at regional events in the South East of England for aspiring coaches and teachers of athletics.

Posts previously held

2010-2016: Seevic College (Anglia Ruskin University) Advanced Teacher Practitioner Head of Student Services

2008-2011 Youth Sport Trust and Loughborough College - Lecturer and Athlete Mentor

2007-2008 – SSCO and PE teacher – Royal Albert and Alexander School

2005 -2007 Wilmington Academy – PE teacher and Head of Yr7

Sam is an External Examiner for London Metropolitan

  • Athletics
  • Mentoring
  • Identity