Tracey has been teaching on the football undergraduate degree programmes at Southampton Solent University since 2006. She is the unit leader for principles of football development and applied football development and also teaches across the football coaching, sport development and introduction to research and study skills units.
Tracey graduated in 1996 With a BSc (Hons) degree in sports science from the University of Greenwich. After working for three years in an unrelated field, and as a keen footballer, she became assistant manager of a branch for the Powerleague chain of five-a-side soccer centres. In August 1999 she achieved her first coaching qualification from the Football Association, the UEFA B Part 1 Coaching Certificate and there started a long career in the football industry both as a player, coach and tutor.
Tracey was awarded the UEFA B Coaching Licence in December 2002, followed by achieving licensed tutor status for the Football Association in October 2003. She has been delivering a number of coach education courses for the FA now since April 2004. In 2011 Tracey qualified as an FA Futsal tutor and is currently one of only 10 National Futsal tutors delivering the pinnacle FA Futsal course, the Level 2. She also now works with prospective new tutors, training them to achieve their license to deliver coach education for the FA.
After a move to Basingstoke in 2003, Tracey joined Southampton Football Clubs’ Girls’ Centre of Excellence as head coach of the U14’s and took up a post working for the football development team at Hampshire FA as their community coach and coach education administrator. In 2007 Tracey became the technical director of Hampshire FA’s Girls and Disability Centre of Excellence, a role she relished until 2009 when she increased her teaching hours at the University.