Dr. John Stoszkowski


School of Sport and Wellbeing

Greenbank Building, GR144

+44 (0) 1772 89 5702

Subject Areas: Sport and Sport related courses

John is a lecturer in Sports Development/Coaching and is the course leader for the BA (Hons.) Sports Coaching Practice programme. He holds a BSc (Hons.) in Sports Science from Lancaster University, an M.Phil. in Sports Coaching (Education) from The University of Birmingham, and was awarded his PhD. here at UCLan. John is research active and is currently conducting research in education in HE and sports coaching contexts. He is a member of the Institute of Coaching and Performance.

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John joined the School of Sport, Tourism and the Outdoors in 2010 from his role as Regional Coaching Development Manager at The Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA). At The PGA, he helped embed the vision of 'Right Coach, Right Place, Right Time' in England and facilitated the implementation of the England Golf player development, coaching, and talent pathway in 12 counties across the North of England. He established county academies in 8 counties across the North of England and was also responsible for developing and managing a regional coach development, education, and mentoring programme in line with the National Club Coaching Programme. Prior to this, John was Regional Development Officer at The English Golf Union. Here, he was responsible for raising the profile of golf in the North West of England, translating England Golf’s national framework for the development of golf into practical plans for 4 counties. This involved implementing the ‘Start’ and ‘Stay’ elements of the Whole Sport Plan national strategy on a local level. He established and developed a network of County Golf Partnerships and recruited and supervised a team of County Development officers.

Before moving into Golf, John founded and managed a sports coaching company which developed and delivered an innovative range of coaching programmes and teacher training workshops in school sports partnerships and local communities across England. He liaised and collaborated with partnership development managers, school sports coordinators, and community leaders, as well as managed an experienced team of professional sports coaches and instructors. During this time, John also lectured in Sports Coaching and Physical Activity at Edge Hill University as an associate tutor and has been involved in coaching several sports across a variety of levels in both domestic and international settings.

Here at UCLan, John leads the BA (Hons.) Sports Coaching Practice course and he teaches across a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules. He undertakes supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations and research projects and is currently an external examiner at The University of Hull. John also maintains links and works with a variety of professional clubs and national governing bodies of sport. He is also part of the peer observation team for the Learning Development Unit and a module mentor for staff in the partner college network.


Stoszkowski, J., & Collins, D., & Olsson, C. (in press). Using shared online blogs to structure and support informal coach learning. Part 2: The participants’ view and implications for coach education. Sport, Education and Society.

Stoszkowski, J., & Collins, D. (in press). Using shared online blogs to structure and support informal coach learning. Part 1: A tool to scaffold reflection and community of practice? Sport, Education and Society.

Stoszkowski, J., & Collins, D. (2015). What makes them so good? The constructs used by coaches to identify coaching prowess. Athletic Insight, 7(1).

Stoszkowski, J., & Collins, D. (2014). Blogs: A tool to facilitate reflection and community of practice in sports coaching? International Sport Coaching Journal, 1(3), 139-151.

Stoszkowski, J., & Collins, D. (2014). Communities of practice, social learning and networks: Exploiting the social side of coach development. Sport, Education and Society, 19(6), 773-788.

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John is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has also obtained the SEDA Professional Development Award.


John's research interests centre on coach education and development, talent identification and development, and education.

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Teaching Activities

  • TL1035 The Sporting Infrastructure (Module Leader)
  • TL2072 Talent Pathways (Module Leader)
  • TL2082 The Reflective Coach (Module Leader)
  • TL3072 Community Sports Development
  • TL3143 Professional Academic Development and Research 3
  • TL3144 Coaching Performance and Development
  • TL3134 Coaching Practice and Reflection (Module Leader)
  • TL4106 The Coaching Environment (Module Leader


Ph.D. Coach Education/Learning, University of Central Lancashire, 2015. Thesis title ‘Exploiting Social Learning as a Legitimate Tool in Coach Development'

PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of Central Lancashire, 2012

Certificate in Learning, Teaching and Assessing, Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA), 2012

M.Phil. Sports Coaching (Education), University of Birmingham, 2011. Thesis title ‘An Investigation of the Mediators of Talent Development in Golf’

BSc (Hons) Sports Science, Lancaster University, 2005. Thesis title ‘The Design and Implementation of a Performance Index System for Football’