Chris Emsley

  • Lecturer - Sports Development and Coaching
  • Faculty of Life Sciences and Education
Chris Emsley

About Me

Chris is a Lecturer across 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 study mode).

As part of his role, Chris is a Module Leader at Levels 4, 5 and 6 including Fundamentals of Coaching Children; 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 WalesGolf and Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. Having a keen interest in the development of sport, Chris is active in the sport sector through his role as Vice Chair of BowlsWales and Tutor for Sport Wales.

Chris’ experience started in 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 Sport Development then saw him manage extra-curricular and curriculum enhancement programmes in Rhondda Cynon Taf (5x60 and e3+) and then support the development of golf across Wales, as a Community Development Officer for WalesGolf. Chris also played a key role in the development of ClubSolutions, an online resource for community sports clubs which is now hosted by Sport Wales.

Chris also has experience in Football Coaching at Development level, through roles as a Development Centre Coach for Swansea City Football Club and RCT Schools.

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Skills And Qualifications



  • Sport Development
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Employability
  • School Sport, Physical Education and Physical Literacy

Publications And Past Projects