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Dean parsons

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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
*. Performance Analysis
• Mentoring
• Reflective Practice

Modules taught;
• SR1D02 Rugby Coaching: Young Performers (Double 40 credit module)

  • SR1S186 Introduction to Performance Analysis in Rugby
    • SR1S180 Managing & Developing Rugby in the Community
    • SR2D006 Rugby Coaching: Adolescent Performers (Double 40 credit module)
    *. SR2S167 Performance Analysis in Rugby
    • SR3D006 Rugby Coaching: Adult Performers

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


Dean Parsons is currently a World Rugby & /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 region. 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 and was at the Rugby World Cup in 2015 as Performance Analyst with the NamibianNational Team.

Dean is currently employed in the Faculty of Life Sciences & Education as a senior lecturer. He’s a course leader on the BSc (Hons) Rugby Coaching & Performance degree programme 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. Dean has also rejoined Pontypridd RFC as Performance Analyst in recent seasons.

Award leader;
• B.Sc. (Hons) Rugby Coaching & Performance


Course leader for;

• B.Sc. (Hons) Rugby Coaching & Performance


• Namibia national Team (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/Performance Analysis support)
• Wales Rugby League (Sport Science Support/Performance Analysis support)



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

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