Alex Powell – Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching and Performance
Alex Powell is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Health at Newman University. He is a certified and experienced sport educator specialising in: coaching, coach development, coach education, sport psychology, performance sport and sport pedagogy. He has gained valuable experiences from applied work ranging between individual and team sports that are striving for excellence. He has held positions that have allowed him to positively influence the application of sport psychology, educate athletes to use mental skills and contribute towards creating a positive culture based on agreed goals and appropriate expectations.
Whilst researching mental toughness in Paralympians, World Champion fighters and Rugby world cup winners, it has allowed Alex to learn and share psychological strategies such as goal setting, managing elite athletes and the challenges athletes need for both training and competing situations. Some of the clubs, organisations and roles include:
- Bath Rugby (England RFU Academy) – Psychology Support
- Sale Sharks Rugby Union Football Club (England RFU Academy) – Player Development sessions
- Harlequins (England RFU Academy) – Coach Development sessions
- Yorkshire Carnegie (England RFU Academy) – Coach Development sessions
- Worcester Warriors (England RFU Academy), Elite Player Development Group (EDPG) Coach
- North Midlands County – Head Coach
- Moseley RFC – Under 19 Colts Coach
- Sandwell and Dudley Metro Borough Council, Multi Skills Coach.
He is currently in the process of submitting his PhD which has focussed on mental toughness and its development in rugby union. Whilst researching this, he has worked with and interviewed; Rugby World Cup Winning Coaches and Players, British Lions coaches and players and Premiership players. Following the interviews, the findings were used to inform a season long intervention at an England RFU Premiership academy Rugby. The applied experiences and continued study has enabled Alex to contribute national and internationally to coach education programmes. He is currently a Senior Coach Educator for the Rugby Football Union (RFU), which enables him to deliver a range of 1st4sport Awards in Coaching Rugby Union (QCF) courses. The position requires coach education, mentoring, and individual development planning, assessment and quality assurance for a governing body accredited qualification. In addition to rugby, he has recently had experiences of educating International Paralympic Committee (IPC) coaches at national coaching conferences in Israel. The conference was organised by the Wingate Institute, the National Institute for Excellence in Sport and the Ministry of Culture and Sport and formed part of the preparations for the upcoming 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games in Tokyo.