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BSc (Hons) Applied Sports Science 

PGCE/HE (Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education)

Welsh Rugby Union Level 3 Coach (UKCC/WRU) 

Welsh Rugby Union (UKCC/WRU) Coach Educator 

NSCA: Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
Sports Coach UK: Level 3 Tutor.
Sports Massage Therapist (CEASM)


Areas of expertise;
• Coach Education
• Mentoring
• Reflective Practice

Modules taught;
• SR1 S39 Rugby Coaching: Children (Double 40 credit module)
• SR1 S159 Effective Coaching in Rugby Union I
• SR2 S21 Rugby Coaching: Adolescents (Double 40 credit module
• SR2 S145 Effective Coaching in Rugby Union II
• SR2 D001 Rugby Employability module (Double 40 credit module)
• SR3 S21 Rugby Coaching: Notation Analysis in Rugby

Award Leader for both;
• FD Rugby Coaching & Development
• B.Sc. (Hons) Rugby Coaching & Performance


Dean Parsons is currently an IRB/Welsh Rugby Union Level 3 Coach, Sports Coach UK level 3 tutor and a UKCC/WRU Coach Educator actively involved in delivering the National Governing Body Rugby Awards in the Cardiff Blues and Newport Gwent Dragons regions. Dean has been involved in the semi-professional and professional game since the early 90’s, and was employed by Neath RFC as their strength & conditioning coach when the game turned professional during the mid 90’s.
Dean has worked with a number of high profile clubs in recent years including Neath RFC, Pontypridd RFC, Caerphilly RFC and Ebbw Vale RFC, helping a couple of those sides to European Competition finals. Dean has also been involved Internationally with the Welsh Rugby Union Women’s senior squad, where he took the role of strength & conditioning coach during their build up to the 2002 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Barcelona. Dean has also provided Analytical support to the Welsh National Rugby League senior squad.
Dean is currently employed in the Faculty of Life Sciences & Education as a senior lecturer. He’s a course leader on two degree programmes specialising in Rugby Coach Education. Dean’s research interests are in Reflective practice, Long term athlete development and the role of the mentor within coaching.

As a sport and exercise scientist, he has offered scientific consultancy support across a range of sports to many professional athletes.

Award leader for two degree courses;
• FD Rugby Coaching & Development
• B.Sc. (Hons) Rugby Coaching & Performance


Course leader for two degree courses;
• FD Rugby Coaching & Development
• B.Sc. (Hons) Rugby Coaching & Performance


• Cardiff Blues (Notation Analysis Support)
• Wales Rugby League (Notation Analysis Support)
• SW Scorpions Rugby League (Notation Analysis Support)
• Cardiff City Football Club (Sports Science support)
• Welsh Rugby Union (Junior/elite squads) (Sports Science support)
• Welsh Premiership Rugby Clubs (Sports Science support)
• Wales Rugby League (Sport Science Support)



‘The effects of a reflective mentoring programme on coach development and effectiveness.’

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