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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.