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Dr Don Vinson

Course Leader for MSc Sports Coaching and Principal Lecturer in Sports Coaching Science

Institute of Sport & Exercise Science

Contact Details

email: d.vinson@worc.ac.uk

tel: 01905 542470

Don is an academic with a passion for sport and believes sport can be so exciting, unifying and intriguing; Don is passionate about learning how to develop sport as a force for societal and personal enrichment.

Don’s specialist area is sports coaching; he is passionate about non-linear, innovative, approaches to this discipline and is driven by balancing his roles as teacher, researcher and practitioner.

Don has written extensively in the area of sports coaching, performance analysis, physical activity and higher education pedagogy.  His work has increasing impact and he has secured almost £100,000 in external project funding.  Don reviews for a wide range of academic journals and is Associate Editor of the Graduate Journal of Sport, Exercise and Physical Education Research. Don is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and also holds a University Teaching Fellowship from the University of Gloucestershire. 

Don is currently part of the coaching team for the England U16 girls’ hockey squad and he is also part of the England Hockey Coach Developer Workforce.  Don has coached hockey in the Women’s National Premier League and Indoor Premier League.  Don is a Level 3 coach and was short-listed for England Hockey’s Performance Coach of the Year in 2011.

Don will convene iTGfU 2020: Inclusion, Integration and Implementation – the 7th International Teaching Games for Understanding conference at the University of Worcester in July 2020.

Don is passionate about most sports and, in addition to hockey, can also be regularly found playing squash, badminton and golf.

Qualifications:

  • PhD; 'Development of REFERQUAL; an Instrument for Evaluating Service Quality in GP Exercise Referral Schemes, University of Central Lancashire (2007)
  • PGCert; 'Teaching and Learning in Higher Education', Liverpool John Moore's University (2006)
  • BSc (Hons) 'Physical Education and Sport Science with Mathematics', University of Hull (2001)
  •  Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (SFHEA)
Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests:

  • Sports Coaching Pedagogy
  • Performance Analysis
  • Research Methods

Research Interests:

Don’s research interests are broad and varied.  Recent projects include:

  • An evaluation of the Aspire III coach development programme (£7k funded by Sports Coach UK)
  • Facilitating professional learning within a landscape of practice through action research: The case of association football coach educators and mentors ·
  • The Supporting and Promoting Include Coach Education (SPICE) project (£6k funded by Sports Coach UK)
  • Investigating the use of the Coach Logic platform to facilitate collaborative evaluation of team processes, training and match performance amongst athletes and coaching staff
  • Investigating non-linear coaching approaches in grass-roots and elite level sport (£5k REF top slice funding)
  • Enhancing graduate coach employability through international placement experience (€81k – Leonardo Mobility funding)
  • An evaluation of good practice in coaching delivery between Governing Bodies of Sport and County Sport Partnerships – (£4k funded by sports coach UK) ·        
  • The development of position-specific performance profiles in elite level women’s indoor field hockey
Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

  • Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Sports Coach UK
  • England Hockey
  • Christians in Sport
Publications

Publications

Selected publications:

Vinson, D., Beeching, K., Morgan, M., and Jones, G. (2017) Collaborative evaluation of individual and team performance in training and match environments using the Coach Logic online platform, International Sport Coaching Journal, 4(1), 47-62.

Vinson, D., Brady, A., Moreland, B., and Judge, N (2016) Exploring Coach Behaviours, Session Contexts and Key Stakeholder Perceptions of Non-linear Coaching Approaches in Youth Sport, International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching, 11(1), 54-68.       

Vinson, D., Beeching, K., Morgan, M., and Jones, G. (2016) Coach Logic and athlete learning. Edinburgh, Coach Logic.       

Vinson, D., Christian, P., Jones, V., Williams, C., and Peters, D. M. (2016) Exploring how well UK coach education meets the needs of women sports coaches, International Sport Coaching Journal, 3(3), 287-302.

Baker, C., Vinson, D., and Parker, A. (2016) Evaluating good practice in coaching delivery between governing bodies of sport and county sports partnerships in the United Kingdom. Leisure/Loisor, 40(1), 1-31.

Vinson, D. & Peters, D. M. (2015) Position-specific performance indicators that discriminate between successful and unsuccessful teams in elite women’s indoor field hockey: Implications for coaching, Journal of Sports Sciences, ahead-of-print.

Vinson, D., Christian, P., Jones, V., Matthews, J., Williams, C. & Peters, D. M. (2014) Investigating the culture of coach education in the UK: The supporting and promoting inclusive coach education (SPICE) project, Leeds: National Coaching Foundation.

Vinson, D., Parker, A., Baker, C., Croad, A. & Padley, S. (2013) Evaluating Good Practice in Coaching Delivery between Governing Bodies of Sport and County Sports Partnerships UK, Leeds: National Coaching Foundation.

Vinson, D., Padley, S., Brady, A., Jeffreys, M., Croad. A., & James, D. V. B. (2013) Penalty corner routines in elite women’s indoor field hockey: prediction of outcomes based on tactical decisions, Journal of Sports Sciences, 31(8), pp. 887-893.

Vinson, D., Adams, I., Ibbetson, A. B., & Baugh, P. (2012) ‘Investigating the conceptual gap between patient expectation and perception of GP and Exercise Professional interactions in Physical Activity Referral Schemes’, Innovations in Practice.

Vinson, D., & Parker, A. (2012) ‘Exercise, service and support: Client experiences of Physical Activity Referral Schemes (PARS)’, Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, 4(1), pp. 15-31.

Fairclough, S.J., Hilland, T.A., Vinson, D., & Stratton, G. (2012) 'The Physical Education and School Sport Environment Inventory. Preliminary validity and reliability.', Environment and Behavior, 44(1), pp. 50-67.

Vinson, D., & Hawcroft, S. (2011) ‘It’s thought that counts’, Coaching Edge, 22, Winter 2011, pp. 26-27.

Padley, S., Hardman, J., and Vinson, D. (2010) 'Enhancing student learning and experience through creative practice utilising mobile technologies', Innovations in Practice, 3(1), pp. 58-65.

Vinson, D., Nixon, S., Walsh, B., Walker, C., Zaitseva, E., & Mitchell, E. (2010) Investigating the relationship between students’ transition into university and the engagement with peers, staff and the discipline, Active Learning in Higher Education, 11(2), pp. 131-143

Hilland TA, Stratton G, Vinson, D., Fairclough S. (2009) The Physical Education Predisposition Scale: Preliminary development and validation, Journal of Sports Sciences, 27(14), pp. 1555-1563.

*** Please note I married in July 2009 and changed my name ***

Cock, D., Adams, I. C., Ibbetson, A. B., and Baugh, P. (2008) The impact of the physical leisure environment on client adherence. In Gilchrist, P. and Wheaton, B. (eds) Whatever happened to the Leisure Society? Theory, debate and policy, Eastbourne: Leisure Studies Association. pp. 47-72.

Cock, D., Nixon, S., Walker, C., Mitchell, E., Walsh, B. and Zaitseva, E. (2008) Understanding student engagement: evaluation of an intensive five-week transition programme, Innovations in Practice, 1(1), pp. 36-43.

Cock, D., Adams, I. C., Ibbetson, A. B., and Baugh, P. (2006) REFERQUAL: A pilot study of a new service quality assessment instrument in the GP exercise referral scheme setting, BMC Health Services Research, 6(61).

Harrison, R., Cock, D. (2004) Increasing response to a postal survey of sedentary patients — A randomised controlled trial, BMC Health Services Research, 4(31).   

 

Books:       

Parker, A., and Vinson, D. (2013) Youth Sport, Physical Activity and Play: Policy, Intervention and Participation, London: Routledge.

 

Book Chapters:

Parker, A. and Vinson, D. (2013) Introduction: Youth sport physical activity and play, IN A. Parker and D. Vinson (Eds.) (2013) Youth Sport, Physical Activity and Play: Policy, intervention and participation, Abingdon: Routledge, 1-9.

Vinson, D. and Lloyd, M. (2013) Moving forward from the Physical Education, School Sport and Young People Strategy, IN A. Parker and D. Vinson (Eds.) (2013) Youth Sport, Physical Activity and Play: Policy, intervention and participation, Abingdon: Routledge, 126-137.

Padley, S. and Vinson, D. (2013) Sports coaching and young people in the twenty-first century, IN A. Parker and D. Vinson (Eds.) (2013) Youth Sport, Physical Activity and Play: Policy, intervention and participation, Abingdon: Routledge, 138-151.

Vinson, D. and Parker, A. (2013) Afterword: Reconsidering youth sport physical activity and play, IN A. Parker and D. Vinson (Eds.) (2013) Youth Sport, Physical Activity and Play: Policy, intervention and participation, Abingdon: Routledge, 179-186.

Vinson, D., Padley, S., & Jeffreys, M. (2012) Looking beyond 2012 - ethical conflicts for coaching: a review of key UK sport-based policy, IN D. Day (Ed.) Sports and Coaching: Pasts and futures, Manchester: Manchester Metropolitan University Institute for Performance Research, 13-34.

Cock, D., Adams, I. C., Ibbetson, A. B., and Baugh, P. (2008) The impact of the physical leisure environment on client adherence. In Gilchrist, P. and Wheaton, B. (Eds.) Whatever happened to the Leisure Society? Theory, debate and policy, Eastbourne: Leisure Studies Association, 47-72.

 

Conference presentations:       

Vinson, D., Cale, A., Christian, P., Huckle, V., Faulkner, C. and Jones, G. (2017) Investigating the value created through a selective talent and performance coach development programme, International Council for Coaching Excellence 11th Global Coach Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, 31st July – 2nd August.

Vinson, D., Cale, A., Christian, P., Huckle, V., Faulkner, C. and Jones, G. (2017) Investigating the value created through a selective talent and performance coach development programme, Cluster for Research into Coaching, 4th International Coach Conference, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, 6th – 7th September.

Vinson, D., (2016) A five-year action research project investigating coach and athlete perceptions of a games-based coaching approach in high-performance domestic women’s field hockey, 6th International Teaching Games for Understanding Conference, Sport University of Cologne, Germany, 25th-27th July 2016.

Vinson, D., Watson, N., and Parker, A. (2016) Servant Leadership and sports coaching, Inaugural Global Congress for Sport and Christianity, York St John University, 24th-28th August 2016.

Vinson, D., Beeching, K., Morgan, M., and Jones, G. (2015) Investigating the use of the Coach Logic platform to facilitate collaborative evaluation of individual and team performance in training and match environments amongst athletes and coaching staff, 3rd International Coaching Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, Crewe, 9th-10th September.

Vinson, D., Christian, P., Jones, V., Matthews, J., Williams, C., and Peters, D. (2015) Investigating the culture of coach education in the UK: The Supporting and Promoting Inclusive Coach Education (SPICE) project, 3rd International Coaching Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, Crewe, 9th-10th September.

Muir, A., Vinson, D., Beeching, K., Morgan, M., and Jones, G. (2015) Investigating the use of the Coach Logic platform to facilitate collaborative evaluation of individual and team performance in training and match environments amongst athletes and coaching staff, 10th International Conference of the International Council for Coaching Excellence, Vierumäki, Finland, 23rd-25th August.

Vinson, D., Brady, A., Jeffreys, M., Croad, A., Padley, S., Moreland, B., and Judge, N. (2013) Professional Pedagogies? Exploring Coach Behaviours, Session Contexts and Player Perceptions of Non-linear Coaching Approaches in Youth Sport. Centre for Research into Coaching – 2nd International Coaching Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, Crewe, June.

Padley, S., and Vinson, D. (2013). An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Christian Coaches Involvement in Competitive Sport. Centre for Research into Coaching – 2nd International Coaching Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, Crewe, June.

Vinson, D., Brady, A., Padley, S., Croad, A., & Jeffreys, M. (2012). Professional Pedagogies? Exploring Coach Behaviours, Session Contexts and Player Perceptions of Innovative Coaching Approaches. International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS), Glasgow, July.

Vinson, D., Brady, A., Padley, S., Croad, A., & Jeffreys, M. (2012). Towards ‘professional’ pedagogies? Investigating the coach behaviours, session contexts and player perceptions of game-based approaches, The 5th International Teaching Games for Understanding Conference, Loughborough University, July.

Memory, J., & Vinson, D. (2011) ‘Belief on the Bounce? Exceptional cases of religious resurgence among the youth of Europe’, The Value(s) of Europe Conference, Tillburg University, 24th-25th November.

Walsh, B., Nixon, S., & Vinson, D. (2011) ‘Investigating the relationship between student engagement and transition into Higher Education', International Conference on the First Year Experience, 21st-24th June.

Jeffreys, M., Vinson, D., Padley, S., Brady, A., & Croad, A. (2011) ‘Looking Beyond 2012 – Ethical Conflicts for Coaching: A Review of UK Sport-Based Policy', Institute for Performance Research Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, Crewe, 25th-26th June.

Padley, S., Brady, A., Croad, A., Jeffreys, M., & Vinson, D., (2011) ‘Embedding Communities of Practice in Cross-Cohort Collaborative Coaching Activities – An Action Research Project', Institute for Performance Research Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, Crewe, 25th-26th June.

Vinson, D., Croad, A., Padley, S., Brady, A., & Jeffreys, M. (2011) ‘Investigating Sports Coaching Pedagogies in Games Contexts', Institute for Performance Research Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, Crewe, 25th-26th June.

Padley, S., Jeffreys, M., and Vinson, D. (2010) ‘Sports coaching policy and young people’, Fit for London, 2012? An assessment of UK sport policy in comparative context, University of Birmingham, 19th July 2010.

Vinson, D., Padley, S., and Hardman, J. (2010) ‘Enhancing student learning and experience through creative practice utilizing mobile technologies’, Higher Education Academy Conference, 22nd-23rd June 2010.

Walsh, B., and Cock, D. (2009) ‘Challenging the status quo: student engagement and transition in higher education’, Higher Education Academy Conference, Manchester, 30th June – 2nd July 2009.

Cock, D., & Nixon, S. (2008) Re-thinking the concept of Induction — the student perception, European First Year Experience Conference, 7-9th May 2008.

Cock, D., Adams, I., Ibbetson, A. B., & Baugh, P. (2007) The impact of the physical leisure environment on client adherence, Leisure Studies Association, 3-5th July 2007.

 

Faculty conference presentations:       

Vinson, D., Brady, A., Padley, S., Croad, A., & Jeffreys, M. (2012). Towards ‘professional’ pedagogies? Investigating the coach behaviours, session contexts and player perceptions of game-based approaches, Faculty of Applied Sciences Symposium, 28th July 2012.

Vinson, D. (2011) ‘Coaching research synthesis: notational analysis’? University of Gloucestershire, Faculty of Applied Sciences Symposium, 29th July 2011.

Padley, S., Brady, A., Croad, A., Jeffreys, M., & Vinson, D., (2011) ‘Embedding Communities of Practice in Cross-Cohort Collaborative Coaching Activities – An Action Research Project', University of Gloucestershire, Faculty of Applied Sciences Faculty Symposium, 28th July 2011.

Padley, S., Hardman, J., Vinson, D., Clough, J., and Cox, D. (2010) ‘Enhancing student learning and experience through creative practice utilizing mobile technologies’, University of Gloucestershire Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Care Faculty Symposium, 7th-8th June 2010.

Vinson, D. (2009) ‘The sports coach as servant leader’, Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Care Research Seminar Series, University of Gloucestershire, 29th October 2009.

Cock, D., (2008), Patient perceptions and expectations of GP and Exercise Professional interactions in the Exercise Referral Process, Faculty of Education, Community and Leisure Faculty Research Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, 24th June 2008.

Cock, D., & Turner, J. (2008) The Sport, Dance and Outdoor Education Authorship Project, Liverpool John Moores Teaching and Learning Conference, March 2008.

Cock, D., Adams, I., Ibbetson, A. B., & Baugh, P. (2007) The impact of the physical leisure environment on client adherence, Informing the Curriculum: Celebrating the Importance of Research, Liverpool John Moores University, 29th June 2007.

Cock, D., & Turner, J. (2007) Positives of plagiarism: learning not cheating, Liverpool John Moores Teaching and Learning Conference, March 2007.

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

External Examiner:

  • Manchester Metropolitan University (BA (Hons) Coaching and Sport Development) 2016-2019.
  • University of Roehampton (BA (Hons) and FdA Sports Coaching Practice), 2010-2014.
  • University of Derby (BA (Hons) Sport and Exercise Studies and FdA Sports Coaching and Development), 2011-2015.