Robin Taylor

School of Sport and Wellbeing

Greenbank Building, GR152

+44 (0) 1772 89 5713

Subject Areas: Sports Coaching and Development

Having studied at UCLan Robin now works across the Sports Coaching and Sports Coaching and Development degree programmes and also has an active role on the MA Sport, Policy and Community development programme, as well as being a 1st year personal tutor. Robin is combining his teaching with his on-going academic development through his PhD in Talent Development and the role of the family – which is due to be completed by June 2017.

Robin is research active in iCap and talent development and the family role.

Full Profile

Having completed the journey through UCLan as an undergraduate and postgraduate student Robin was given the opportunity to develop his teaching skills through a variety of part time roles within the Division. Combining this with his academic development, through undertaking a PhD and PGCert in Teaching and Learning, Robin has been able to bring his developing knowledge of both pedagogy and talent development to the classroom in order to deliver sessions within the undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. All of this lead to the offer of a full time role in the summer of 2015.

Robin was instrumental in the development of the MA Sport, Policy and Community Development programme from a purely taught format to a blended course allowing students to access content online remotely as well as attend sessions at the university to underpin their distance learning.

Robin’s PhD stems from his master’s thesis on parental involvement in elite sport, and the opportunity to continue his studies here has allowed him to branch out and examine the impact the whole family (parents and siblings) can have on talent development in sport. This has seen him working with a variety of elite athletes, at a variety of stages of their careers, from a range of sports examining the role the family plays in their development. Robin has used this research to assist in the delivery of Parent Workshops for the RFL.

Robin’s practical experience lies predominantly in the domain of hockey where he has coached at a variety of levels within his current club, as well as the university hockey teams. He has also taken up the role of a Sports Practitioner for NCS The Challenge, providing guidance to aspiring coaches between the ages of 15 and 17.

  • Ph.D. Talent Development – the role of the family, University of Central Lancashire, TBC June 2017
  • M.A. Sport, Policy, and Community Development, University of Central Lancashire, 2012
  • PGCert, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of Central Lancashire, TBC Sept 2015
  • B.A. (Hons.) Sports Studies, University of Central Lancashire, 2010
Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

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iCaP Talent Development Symposium 2013


Taylor, R. D. & Collins, D. (2015). Reviewing the Family Unit as a Stakeholder in Talent Development: Is it Undervalued? Quest, 67, 1-14.