Gareth Jones


Principal Lecturer in Sports Coaching Science and Head of International (SSES)

School of Sport and Exercise Science


Contact Details

tel: 01905 855259

Gareth has a wide and vast experience in schools, higher education, sports coaching and sports psychology. Gareth Jones has responsibility for international activities and also quality enhancement. Gareth has experience of coaching in professional sport and his research interests include group dynamics and team cohesion. Gareth has delivered keynote lectures and presentations at conferences and universities around the World. Gareth is the strategic lead of the partnership between Worcester Warriors RFC and the University or Worcester.


  • MSc (Sports Science)
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Education PE
  • BSc (Hons) PE Sports Science and Geography (Joint Hons)

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests:

  • Sport Psychology: group dynamics and team cohesion in sport
  • Performance Analysis
  • Sport Coaching Science
  • Participation motivation
  • Internationalisation

Research Interests

  • Group dynamics and team cohesion
  • The role of perceived social loafing
  • Collective efficacy and team culture

Professional Bodies

The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)
UK Higher Education International Unit


Bateman, M. and Jones, G. (2019) Strategies for Maintaining the Coach-Analyst Relationship within Professional Football Utilising the COMPASS Model: The Performance Analyst’s Perspective. Frontiers in Psychology, 10 (2064). ISSN Online: 1664-1078.

Honario, S. and Jones, G. (2017) The influence of extra-curricular physical activities in the development of coordination in pre-school children,  Minerva Pediatrica.

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., Beeching, K., Morgan, M. and Jones, G. (2016) Coach Logic and Athlete Learning. Edinburgh, Coach Logic.

Vinson, D., Cale, A., Christian, P., Huckle, V., Faulkner, C. and Jones, G. (2016) An evaluation of the Aspire III talent and performance coach development programme, Leeds: National Coaching Foundation.

Gómez, M.A, Ortega, E., Olmedilla, A. and Jones, G. (2016) Investigation of the impact of ‘fouling out’ on team performance in elite basketball – Implications for the coaching process. International Journal of Performance Analysis, 16(3), 983-994.

Jones, G., Høigaard, R. and Peters, D.M. (2014) “Just Going Through the Motions.…”: A Qualitative Exploration of Athlete Perceptions of Social Loafing in Training and Competition Contexts – Implications for Team Sport Coaches. International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching, 9 (5). pp. 1067-1082.

Francis, J. and Jones, G.W. (2014) Elite Rugby Union Players Perceptions of Performance Analysis. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 14 (1), pp.188-207.

Francis, J. and Jones, G. (2013) The effect of game location on positional profiles of a professional rugby union team during a competitive season. In: Peters, D. and O'Donoghue, P. (eds.) Performance Analysis of Sport IX. Abingdon, Oxon, Routledge, pp. 107-113.

Jones, G. (2010) Team Culture, In: Kidman, L. (ed.) Athlete-centred Coaching: Developing decision makers, 2nd Edition, London, IPC Press, pp.115-137.

Jones, G. (2009) Sand, Soccer and Skill. Sport IQ, 9, 47-50.

Høigaard, R., Jones, G.W. and Peters, D.M. (2008) Preferred coach leadership behaviour in elite football in relation to success and failure. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 3(2), 241-250.

Peters, D.M., Jones, G.W. and Peters, J.D. (2008) Preferred learning styles in students studying sports related programmes in Higher Education in the United Kingdom. Studies in Higher Education, 33(2), 155-166.

Jones, G. (2008) TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More. Sport IQ, 5, 36-40.

Peters, D.M., Jones, G.W. and Peters, J.D. (2007) Approaches to studying, academic achievement and autonomy in students on sports related programmes in higher education. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education, 6(2), 16-28.

Donovan, M., Jones, G.W. and Hardman, K. (2006) Physical Education and Sport in England: Dualism, Partnership and Delivery Provision. International Journal of Fundamental and Applied Kinesiology, 38 (1), 16-27.

Jones, G.W., Mackay, K.S. and Peters, D.M. (2006) Participation motivation in martial artists in the West Midlands region of England. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, Combat Sports Special Issue, 28-34.

Peters, D.M., Jones, G.W. and Peters J.D. (2005) Learning Styles and Approaches to Studying in Sports-Related Programmes: Relationships to Academic Achievement and Implications for Successful Learning, Teaching and Assessment. Project Report Summary for the Higher Education Academy, Hospitality, Leisure Sport and Tourism Network, [Online] Available from: [Accessed 6th November 2012].

Jones, G.W., Peters D.M. and Donovan, M. (2004) Critical evaluation of the impact of the bonus point scoring system on the final pool positions in the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Manuscripts of the World Congress of Performance Analysis of Sport VI. ISBN:1 901288 00 9

External Responsibilities

  • External Examiner roles
  • Ofsted/Estyn Inspector Physical Education
  • Reviewer for International Journal of Performance Analysis; International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching; Graduate Journal of Sport, Exercise and Physical Education Research; Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning