Chris Emsley known as Chris
BSc Sports Studies
PGCE Physical Education (Secondary)
MA Leadership in Sport (current student)
Chris is a Lecturer on a number of the sports courses here at USW, but mainly the BSc Sports Coaching and Development. Chris is also the Course Leader for the Foundation Degree Sports Coaching and Development (blended learning).
As part of his role at the University, Chris is a Module Leader for 1st, 2nd and 3rd year modules including Introduction to Sports Coaching, Physical Education and School Sport, Community Sports Development, Sport Placement, Work Based Learning, Creatively Teaching Physical Education, Health and Wellbeing and Applied Professional Project.
Having long been involved with the placement programme at USW, first as a student himself, then mentoring students as a member of USW Alumni, Chris is enthusiastic and passionate about the importance of high quality, relevant placements and the potential impact they can have on a students’ development.
Professionally, Chris comes from a background working in Sport Development at both Local Authority and National Governing Body level, having worked for Golf Development Wales and Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. Having a keen interest in the development of sport, Chris is engaged in the sector through his responsibilities with BowlsWales and is overseeing the development of the sport in Wales.
Chris’ experience started with school sport, where he first applied the skills and knowledge he gained from completing a PGCE PE (Secondary) to Teaching and then to a Development focused role. His career in Development then saw him manage extra-curricular and curriculum enhancement programmes in Rhondda Cynon Taf and then support the development of golf across Wales, as a Community Development Officer for Golf Development Wales.
Chris has experience in in Football Coaching at Development level, through roles as a Development Centre Coach for Swansea City Football Club and RCT Schools.
Chris is a Module Leader for a number of sport development and coaching related subjects, as well as being the main point of contact for Employability and Enterprise in Sport, playing a key role in managing the placement programme at USW Sport.
Chris is also a Director of Active Valleys, which is a Social Enterprise managed and developed at USW Sport. As well as providing students with the opportunity to run this business, it provides others with the opportunity to bid for funding to support their own ventures, using Active Valleys as the supporting organisation.
Emsley, C., & Williams, L. (2018). Raising Aspirations through sport: USW Sport. National Association of Student Employment Services, annual conference, Jury’s Inn, Cardiff, 5th July 2018.
Higher Education Academy (Fellow)
Chris has a variety of external responsibilities including being a Board Director and Development Group member with BowlsWales and a Director of Active Valleys. These roles required Chris to provide strategic direction to both companies whilst safeguarding their future. In the case of BowlsWales, Chris is responsible for overseeing the development of the sport in Wales.
Chris has also been a member of the working group responsible for the creation of ClubSolutions. Funded by Sport Wales, this is a club development tool used within the Sport Development sector, by organisations across Wales.
- Commonwealth Games 2018: Athlete Experience and Performance Feedback
- An analysis of soft skill development within undergraduate sports degree programmes
Areas of Expertise
Governance and Leadership
Work Based Learning
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