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Stuart Wilkinson

Lecturer in Coaching and Performance., Course Leader for Direct Entry Students
School of Sport and Health Sciences
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Stuart covers all areas in High Performance Sports including, Elite Sports Coaching, Psychological functioning of teams, Athletic development, athletes lifestyle and monitoring and is National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. After 20 years playing professional rugby league, I then became an Award winning Fitness Manager with the National Health Service. Leaving mainstream industries I moved into full time sport in 1999 to become the first Player Performance Manager in rugby league with Leeds Rhinos. I was invited to join an elite group of Rugby League coaches, the High Performance line and was appointed onto the Coaching staff of England Academy, which became the first team to beat New Zealand and Australia.

Stuart is currently rewriting the talent development chapter for coaching best selling book of all time 'foundations of sports coaching' by Paul E. Robinson and Ashley Gill. . He has just completed his own book and has publicist interested. He has the following publications: Wilkinson, Stuart G and Palmer, Clive Alan (2010) What am I doing and why Philosophy to practice -personal observations about coaching rugby. Journal of Qualitative Research in Sports Studies, 4 (1). pp. 57-64. ISSN 1754-2375. Wilkinson, Stuart G and Ellis, Luke (2014) Is talent development a matter of design or desire Sports Monograph 151-160. In: The sports monograph: critical perspectives on socio-cultural sport, coaching and Physical Education. SSTO Publications, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, pp. 151-160. ISBN 978-0-9566270-6-3. Wilkinson, Stuart G (2014) Rugby League Talent Development: How to make Chicken soup out of chicken poop: not battery farming for rugby league champions. In: The sports monograph: critical perspectives on socio-cultural sport, coaching and Physical Education. SSTO Publications, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, pp. 161-168. ISBN 978-0-9566270-6-3. Wilkinson, Stuart G and Grecic, David (2019) Talent development for professional rugby league: observations and analysis from a career in rugby’s high-performance environment. Journal of Qualitative Research in Sports Studies, 13 (1). pp. 135-174. ISSN 1754-2375

After 20 years playing professional rugby league, I then became an Award winning Fitness Manager with the National Health Service. Leaving mainstream industries I moved into full time sport in 1999 to become the first Player Performance Manager in rugby league with Leeds Rhinos. I was invited to join an elite group of Rugby League coaches, the High Performance line and was appointed onto the Coaching staff of England Academy, which became the first team to beat New Zealand and Australia. Stuart has also coached the Full England Rugby League Team, following this he went on to Wales, France, Russia over 3 World Cups and is currently Serbian Head Coach.

  • Stuart has always been committed to lifelong learning and as part of his development I have studied for a Sports Degree at Leeds Metropolitan University alongside working full-time, and supporting a family. More recently he have finished a Masters in Sports Coaching and a Post Graduate Diploma in Elite Coaching Practice both at The University of Central Lancashire, where I also gained a PGCE in Sport and PE by the end of 2011. He is currently preparing a thesis for a PhD in talent development while at UCLan.
  • Stuart was part of a team of fitness professionals who won the Nye Bevan Prize for Health and Well-being in 1999
  • An honour description As Lead of Fitness & Manager, "the team were winners of the prestigious Ney Bevan award for delivering a high quality service for people suffering from Mental Health Problems for the National Health Service the Barrow Community Gym gained recognition from this achievement"
  • Talent Development, athlete development, coach development
  • Coaching Consultant for the Russian Federation
  • The Serbian Federation
  • Super League Europe
  • Coaching staff with Salford City Reds