Dr. Francesca Champ

Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Darwin Building, DB223

+44 (0) 1772 89 4927


Subject Areas: Psychology, Sport Tourism

Francesca joined the University of Central Lancashire in 2017 following the completion of her PhD. Prior to joining UCLan Francesca occupied a dual role as a sports psychology practitioner-researcher within professional football. In addition to this, Francesca has taught at Liverpool John Moores University, and Nottingham Trent University.

Francesca is research active within the area of sport and exercise science. She is a BASES accredited Sport & Exercise Scientist with a specialism in Psychology.

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Francesca’s research interests to date have been focused on the area of psychological development in professional football. More specifically, Francesca has explored the influence of organisational culture on the experiences of elite youth footballers, and the efficacy of current sports psychology support mechanisms within professional football. In addition to this, Francesca is interested in sport psychology practitioner training and development. Francesca has delivered a number of presentations at national and international conferences. Francesca was awarded 2nd place in the Aspetar ’Excellence in Football Research Award’ in Vienna, 2016, and received ‘Student Free Communication Award’ at the BASES annual conference in 2016.

As a practitioner, Francesca worked at Crewe Alexandra FC for four years; here she was responsible for the delivery of psychological support to academy players and support staff. Francesca has also provided consultancy to City of Stoke Athletics Club, alongside work with a range of other clients; including junior/senior performers in motocross, golf, and football.

  • Ph.D Psychological Development in Professional Football: An Ethnography of Sports Psychology Practice, Liverpool John Moores University, 2017
  • M.Sc. Sport Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, 2014
  • B.Sc. (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science, Liverpool John Moores University, 2013


Psychological Development in Professional Youth Football: An Ethnography of Sports psychology Practice; The Football Collective, Manchester – December 2016

Challenges of Confidentiality: Reflections from within Elite Level Professional Football; BASES Annual Conference, Nottingham – November 2016

Reflections from a Female Sports psychology Practitioner Working in Elite Level Professional Football: Practitioner Identity and Development; ECSS Annual Conference, Vienna – July 2016

Delivering a Caring Profession in an Uncaring World: Practical Implications, LJMU RISES PGR Conference, Liverpool – June 2016

The use of Ethnography in Applied Sports psychology: Moral and Ethical Dilemmas; LJMU RISES PGR Conference, Liverpool – July 2015

Practitioner Identity and Development within Elite Level Professional Football: A Tale of 12 Months; BASES Student Conference, Liverpool – March 2015

External Activities

Sports psychology consultant in elite sport


  • BASES Accredited Sport & Exercise Scientist (Psychology)
  • Associate Fellowship of the HEA



Teaching activities

  • Module Lead XS1003- Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Teach on a range of other modules across other undergraduate courses within the School of Sport and Health Sciences