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Qualifications

BA Hons Human Movement Studies
MSc Sport & Exercise Science
Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Physical Education

About

Main teaching areas

  • Sports Coaching
  • Fundamental Movement Skill delivery
  • Work Based Learning
    Physical Literacy


Responsibilities

Head of academic courses for BSc Sports Studies, BSc Sport and Exercise Science, BSc Strength and Conditioning, BSc Rugby Coaching & Performance, BA Sports Leadership and Development, MSc Sports Coaching and Performance, MSc Sport Health and Exercise Science.

Publications

Full Papers

(2014). Rainer, P., Griffiths, R. and B. Cropley. Barriers to delivering extra-curricular school sport and physical activity in Wales: A qualitative study of 5×6 facilitators’ views and perspectives. Journal of Physical Activity and Health.

Rainer, P. and B. Cropley. Bridging the gap – but mind you don’t fall. Primary Physical Education teachers’ perceptions of the transition process to secondary school. International Journal of Elementary and Primary Education. Education 3-13, (August 2013).

Rainer, P. and J. Davies (2013). Physical Literacy in Wales – the Role of Physical Education. In Journal of Sport Science and Physical Education. Bulletin No. 65, October 2013, p. 290-299.

(Under Review). Rainer, P. and B. Cropley. Secondary PE teachers views and perceptions of the barriers that impact on children’s progression to secondary PE. European Journal of Physical Education Review.

Rainer, P., Griffiths, R. and B. Cropley (2012). From Policy to practice: The challenges faced by head teachers delivering high quality physical education and school sport within primary schools. Journal of Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy. Vol 17(4) p.429-446.

Cropley, B., Rainer, P., & Adams, D. (under review). Developing coach education: Examining the influence of a reflective practice intervention on coaching practice. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching.

Adams, D., Cropley, B., & Rainer, P. (under review). The impact of reflective learning on the development of effective coaching behaviours. Reflective Practice.

Rainer, P., Cropley, B., & Adams, D. (2010). Learning through reflection. Coaching Edge, 18, 12-13.

Griffiths, R. & Rainer, P (2009) Supporting high-quality extra-curricular primary school sport in Wales: an evaluation of a university/community partnership initiative. Journal of Managing Leisure, Vol 14(4), October 2009, pp 286-301.

Griffiths, R. & Rainer, P (2009) Examining the challenges to delivering high quality PE and school sport in Wales. Journal of the Institute of Sport and Recreation Management. Vol 68(7).

Griffiths, R. and P. Rainer. (2009). Designing a degree programme ‘fit’ for the Sports Industry. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education. Jan 2010, Vol 2(1); 47-58.

Rainer, P. & Adams, D. (2009) Innovative development in coach education: a foundation degree in football coaching & performance. In International Research in Science & Soccer. The proceedings of the first World Congress in Science & Soccer, pg. 199-207. Edited by B. Drust, T. Reilly & M. Williams.

Griffiths, R. & Rainer, P (2008) Learning through Innovations, Networks and Knowledge (LINK) 22 Higher Education Academy. Designing a Sports Development degree fit for the industry.

Rainer, P. (2002). Recognising Training Fatigue in Soccer Players. In Proceedings World Congress Science in Football. Ed Reilly, T. E & F.N.Spon.

Conference Presentations

Rainer, P. (2013). Physical Literacy: A Welsh Perspective. International Phyiscal Literacy Conference, Bedford, June 12-13th.

Rainer, P. (2013). Physical Literacy, Sports Literacy, Games Literacy – Confused or what? International Phyiscal Literacy Conference, Bedford, June 12-13th.

Rainer, P. (2013). Physical Education for the 21st Century – What can Phyiscal Literacy offer? International Phyiscal Literacy Conferencem Bedford, June 12-13th.

Parsonage J., Rainer, P., Williams R.S., & Williams M.D. (2012). Fundamental movement tests are linked to athletic performance for youth rugby union players. UKSCA’s 8th Annual Conference, 15 -16 September 2012, Royal Holloway College, London, UK.

Parsonage J., Rainer, P., Williams R.S., & Williams M.D. (2012).Movement competencies and physical fitness in talented rugby union players under the age of 16years. UKSCA’s 8th Annual Conference, 15 -16 September 2012, Royal Holloway College, London, UK.

Rainer, P. (2012). Understanding Physical Literacy: what the Literature tells us. Phsyical Activity and Nutrition Network Wales – Physical Activity and Phsyical Literacy conference, June 19th, University of Glamorgan.

Rainer, P. and Griffiths,R. High quality extra-curricular physical education and school sport – A Welsh perspective through the 5 × 60 School Sport programme. International Council Coach Education, Vancouver, Canada. November 13th, 2009.

Rainer, P., Adams, D., Neil, R., Cropley, B. Integrating reflective practice into coach education. International Council Coach Education, Vancouver, Canada. November 14th, 2009.

Rainer, P., Adams, D., Parsons, D. and Cropley, B. Innovative development in coach education – higher education and national governing partnerships. International Council Coach Education, Vancouver, Canada. November 15th, 2009.

Cropley, B., Rainer,P., Adams, D. & Neil, R. Innovative developments in coach education: Examining the influence of a reflective practice intervention on coaching behaviours. BASES Conference, Leeds Met University, Sept 1-3rd, 2009.

Rainer, P. and Griffiths, R. Hitting the Target – Missing the Point. Keynote presentation South Wales Sports Development Conference. University of Glamorgan 18th Dec, 2008

2008 Griffiths, R. & Rainer. P. Delivering High Quality PE in the Primary School – Dragon Sport. RCT & Caerphilly Teaching Learning Health Board Annual Conference, July 22nd.

2008 Rainer, P. & Griffiths. R. Delivering High Quality PE in the Secondary School – 5 × 60 School Sport. RCT & Caerphilly Teaching Learning Health Board Annual Conference, July 22nd.

2008 Rainer. P & Parsons, D. Developing a Coaching Community of Practice through Rugby. RCT & Caerphilly Teaching Learning Health Board Annual Conference, July 22nd.

2008 Griffiths, R. & Rainer, P. Delivering High Quality PE in Wales in the Primary School – Dragon Sport. Association for Physical Education National Conference, July 2-4th, Chester, 2008.

2008 Rainer, P. & Griffiths, R. Delivering High Quality PE in Wales the Secondary School – 5 × 60 School Sport. Association for Physical Education National Conference, July 2-4th, Chester, 2008.

2008 Griffiths, R & Rainer, P. – Establishing and structuring a sports development degree to be “fit for the industry”. Studying Sports Development: Researching, teaching and writing in the field, Brunel University, 25-26th April, 2008.

2008 Rainer, P. & Adams, D. – Innovative Development in Coach Education – Foundation Degree in Football Coaching & Performance, Liverpool John Moores University, 15-16th May, 2008.

2007 Griffiths R & Rainer P ‘Enhancing the employability of sports graduates: an integration of community placements’. HLST Annual Conference, Oxford Brookes University 17th September 2007

1999 World Congress Science and Football, Sydney.
Monitoring training fatigue in soccer players.

1999 BASES Conference, Leeds.
A simple test of maximal oxygen deficit using non motorised treadmill sprinting.

Journal Publications

Rainer, P. and Griffiths, R. (2008). Secondary school High Quality Extra Curricular Physical Education – the Role of the 5 × 60 school sport programme in Wales. Journal of the Association of PE. Winter 2008 Vol. 3 (4).


Funding

2003/04 £25,000 – Department for Education and Skills – Independent State Schools Partnership. To develop a Fundamental Movement Skills programme to support talented young athletes. A partnership between the University of Bath, Oldfield Sports College and Millfield School.

2004/05 £10,000 – To develop a Fundamental Movement programme to support young children and teachers involved in the Junior Athlete Education (JAE) programme in Bath and North East Somerset.

2006/07 £6,000 – Awarded by First Campus to provide Fundamental Movement Skill training to Year 1 Sports students and support the development of Fundamental Movement skills in local primary school children in RCT.

2007/08 £40,000 – Awarded by RCT Local Teaching Health Board (LtHB) to provide funding to support the coach education of University of Glamorgan students and the deployment of coaches within local primary and secondary schools in RCT.


Memberships

  • Football Association Coaches Association (FACA)

An Invited membership on the Welsh Government Schools Sport Physical Activity Task Force Group (2012-13). THis group, chaired by Tanni-Grey-Thompson is reviewing school sport in Wales with a report to be produced for the Education and Sports/Culture ministers.


External

External Examiner sports programmes Solent University

Consultancy

Physical Literacy – an All Wales approach to increasing levels of Physical Activity for children and young people. School and Physical Activity Task and Finish group – June 2013.

Sports Council for Wales (2008) – A consultant working for Sport Wales on the Play to Learn teaching resource to support the development of gross motor skills in young children during Physical Education in the Foundation Phase

Previously I have been strength and conditioning coach to Wales ladies rugby squad, an itinerant member of staff for the England ladies football team and prescribed conditioning programmes for Team Bath Football and Bath University Rugby.

Sports Coach UK tutor

Research

  • Children’s physical literacy
    Childrens Fundamental Movement Skill development
    Children’s Functional movement
  • Work Based Learning and Foundation Degree development
  • Coach Education & reflective practice
  • Young children’s participation in Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity


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