Dr Gethin Thomas



​​Darlithydd Gwyddor Hyfforddi gyda'r Coleg​​​ Cymraeg Cenedlaethol/Lecturer in Coaching Science with the 'Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol'

Telephone number: 029 20415540
Email address: glthomas@cardiffmet.ac.uk

I am a lecturer in Sports Coaching at the Cardiff School of Sport working in the medium of Welsh and English. I am also the Level 5 year tutor for Sports Coaching. In 2013 I joined the teaching staff following the completion of a Ph.D at the University of Exeter working in partnership with the Economic and Social Research Council and Rugby Football Union. 

Research / Publications

My main research interests lie in sports coaching and player development. Currently my focus is on exploring the practice of sport coaches from the pedagogical perspective of ‘scaffolding’. I also have an interest in research developing game understanding using methods such as TGfU (Teaching Games for Understanding).

The focus of my doctoral work was on the development on player development at mini rugby level (7-11 years old) in England. The research has led to the implementation of new laws of play at these age groups. The work has also been published in journals and has been well received at National and International conferences. http://www.englandrugby.com/news/new-rules-play/

Thomas, G. L., & Wilson, M. R. (2015). Playing by the rules: A developmentally appropriate introduction to rugby union. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching,10:2+3, 413-423.   

Thomas, G.L., & Wilson, M.R. (2014). Introducing children to rugby: Elite coaches’ perspectives on positive player development. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise & Health, 6 (3), 348–365.

Thomas, G.L., Morgan, K. & Mesquita, I. (2013). Examining the implementation of a TGfU approach in junior rugby using a reflective practice design. Sports Coaching Review, 2(1), 49-60.

Book chapters                      

Thomas, G.L. & Morgan K. (in press). Application of Albert Bandura's work to coaching. In L.Nelson, P.Potrac & R. Groom (Eds.), Learning in sports coaching: Theory and application.

Jones, R.L., Viotto, I.T., Felix, T., Edwards, C., & Thomas, G.L. (in press) Yrjö Engeström, activity theory and coaching. L.Nelson, P.Potrac & R. Groom (Eds.), Learning in sports coaching: Theory and application.

Invited conference presentations
Thomas, G.L., (2014). Tactical & skill development through game centred approaches: Scaffolding coaching practice. Paper presented at the ‘Youth Talent ID & Development Conference’, Cape Town, South Africa
Thomas, G.L., Wilson, M.R., Coles, T.E., (2014). Introducing children to rugby: Shaping the game, retaining players and developing talent. Paper presented at the ‘Youth Talent ID & Development Conference’, Cape Town, South Africa.

Other conference presentations
Thomas, G.L., Coles, T.E., Wilson, M.R., (2013). Introducing children to rugby: Exploring mini rugby coaches’ views on U9 rugby. Paper presented at the ‘Second International Coaching Conference’, Crewe, UK.

Thomas, G.L. & Wilson, M.R. (2012). Producing a developmentally appropriate game for under-9 rugby union players. Presentation given at the ‘ICSEMIS convention’ in Glasgow, Scotland.  
Thomas, G.L. & Wilson, M.R. (2012). Producing a developmentally appropriate game for under-11 rugby union players. Presentation given at the British Psychological Society, Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network Annual Meeting, Liverpool, England.

Teaching and Supervision

I currently deliver on modules in the areas of sport coaching, pedagogy and physical education through the medium of Welsh and English at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level.
I am also the module leader on the following Welsh language modules:
Research Methods and Student Volunteering (level 5)
PE and Sport Pedagogy (level 5 and level 6)
I am the Level 5 Sports Coaching year tutor.

Qualifications and Awards

Ph.D in Sport and Health Sciences
MSc Coaching Science (Distinction)
WRU Level 3 in coaching rugby union
UEFA ‘C’ Licenced Football Coach
PGCE Primary Education
Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism Studies
Law LL.B (Hons)

External Links

Collaborative work with the University of Exeter on the ‘Football Association [FA] Youth Development Project’.
Editorial Board Member for Coaching Science (the International Rugby Board Rugby Science Network).
Social Media Editor for the Sports Coaching Review.
Coach educator for the Welsh Rugby Union.
Associate of the Higher Education Academy (AHEA).

Funding awarded
ESRC CASE Studentship under its Capacity Building Clusters Award (RES-187-24-0002) in partnership with the Rugby Football Union.
Shortlisted in 2013 for University of Exeter Impact Award in both ‘Outstanding Impact in Policy and Education’, and ‘Best Postgraduate Impact Categories’.
Awarded Reverse SIP Funding Grant 2015: The Welsh Colleges at Football Cardiff Met: Exploring New Grounds

Sporting / Coaching Profile

Rugby Coach Cardiff Metropolitan RFC (Present)
Rugby Coach Cardiff and Vale College (Present)
Rugby Coach University of Exeter (2010 – 2013)
Rugby Coach Merthyr Youth (2009 – 2010)

East Wales Schools U18 rugby (1993)
Semi Professional Rugby Player Llanharan RFC (1996 – 1998) and Merthyr RFC (1998 – 2009)