Dr Daniel Milton




Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Sports Coaching / Head of Men's Performance Cardiff Metropolitan RFC​

Email address: dmilton@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Daniel is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education & Sport Coaching in the Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences. He is Head of the Cardiff Met RFC Men’s Performance programme who currently play in the BUCS Super Rugby and WRU National Championship. Daniel joined the school in 2012, following 12 years as a physical education teacher in Cardiff and Australia.

Daniel teaches across the physical education, coaching and performance modules. He is a Level 4 qualified coach and coach educator and formerly worked as the WRU National 18's attack coach. He has completed his PhD working with Birmingham University and Sport Wales on a collaborative research project around motivation and Empowering principles.

Research / Publications

Daniel’s research interests focus in the areas coaching and physical education. Enhancing player and pupil feedback in teaching and coaching with improved learning is one area of particular interest. Motivational climate within Sport, Rugby and PE settings has been his focus in recent years. Daniel been working with Birmingham University and Sport Wales on the Empowering PE research project which looks at motivation and Empowering principles. His PhD was completed under the supervision of Joan Duda (Director of Studies) as well as Paul Appleton and Anna Bryant. The aim was to explore the relationship between empowering climates, quality of motivation and PE. Daniel would like to develop his research profile with rugby specific and coaching research alongside his interest in PE. Daniel is currently supervising a PhD in talent identification and a MRes in student identities and has supervised numerous MSc research projects in the fields, of coaching, PE and Sports Psychology.

Book Chapters

Morgan, K., Milton, D., & Longville, J. (2020). Motivating pupils for learning in physical education. In Learning to Teach Physical Education in the Secondary School (pp. 183-198). Routledge.

Journal Articles

Milton, D., Appleton, P. R., Bryant, A., Duda, J. L., & Quested, E (Accepted with revisions). Examining the mediating role of motivation in the relationships between teacher-created motivational climates and quality of engagement in Welsh secondary school Physical Education. European Physical Education Review

Choi, S. M., Sum, K. W. R., Leung, F. L. E., Wallhead, T., Morgan, K., Milton, D., ... & Sit, H. P. C. (2020). Effect of sport education on students’ perceived physical literacy, motivation, and physical activity levels in university required physical education: a cluster-randomized trial. Higher Education, 1-19.

Milton, D., Appleton, P. R., Bryant, A., & Duda, J. L. (2018). Initial Validation of the Teacher-Created Empowering and Disempowering Motivational Climate Questionnaire in Physical Education. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 37(4), 340-351.

Conference Presentations

Milton, D., Appleton, P., Quested, E., Bryant, A. & Duda, J. (2015). Empowering and disempowering climates and Welsh pupils' motivation and engagement in PE. International Physical Literacy Conference, Vancouver, Canada, July 2015.

Milton, D., Appleton, P., Bryant, A. & Duda, J. (2020). Promoting more positive motivational climates and healthy experiences in PE via school tailored Empowering PE™ training and the development of a community of practice. Physical and Health Education for Life Long Learning, Online Presentation, Cardiff, July 2020.

Presentations and Research Webinars

Milton, D. (2019). Season Planning Using Empowering Coaching Principles. Birmingham University, Birmingham, Wales, June, 2019.

Milton, D. (2020). Motivational Climate: Creating an empowering rugby environment: From Theory to Practice. Canada Rugby Football Union. Online. April 2019.

Milton, D. (2020). Building an empowering university rugby programme: Key Learnings. Guelph University. Online. April 2019.

Milton, D. (2020). Motivational Climate: From Theory to Practice. Cadoxton Primary School, Online, Wales, June, 2020.

Milton, D. (2020). Games Based Approaches to Coaching: Using Empowering Principles. Welsh Rugby Union, Online, Wales, July, 2020.

Milton, D., Appleton, P., Bryant, A. & Duda, J. (2021). Promoting more Empowering PE™ in PE and Sports settings. Trent University, Online, March, 2021.

Milton, D., Appleton, P., Bryant, A. & Duda, J. (2021). Promoting more Empowering PE™ via the development of a professional development programme using the principles of community of practice. Birmingham University, Online, December, 2021.

Teaching and Supervision

Daniel currently delivers on modules in the areas of PE, sports coaching as well as performance modules across the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Daniel has been Year Tutor for Sport & PE as well as led modules across Level 4 to 6. I currently supervise undergraduate dissertation projects as well as students on the MRes pathway.


B.A. Sport and Human Movement Studies

P.G.C.E (Secondary PE)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Pg.D Sports Development and Coaching

M.Sc. Coaching Science (Distinction)

P.H.D Doctor of Philosophy

WRU Level 4 Coach

WRU Coach Educator

External Links

Daniel is linked to a number of external organisations through, research, professional practice, enterprise and learning and teaching.

WRU – Attack Coach National 18’s 2014-2018
From 2014-2018 Daniel was appointed the WRU to be the National 18’s attack coach. Daniel had a responsibility to develop highly skilled attacking players and be part of ensuring continuity and progression from the 18’s through the 20’s into the senior squad.

WRU – Coach Educator
Daniel has been part of the process of embedding the WRU Level 1 and Level 2 coaching qualifications within the performance modules at the university. Daniel delivers modules on the Level three coaching qualification as well as developing digital resources used in WRU coach education.

Sport Wales – Empowering PE
As part of the Empowering PE project Daniel has delivered workshops on the Empowering PE and Empowering Coaching principles that are fundamental to developing high quality motivation in pupils and athletes.

Sporting Coaching And Performance

Cardiff Met RFC (2007 to Present) Senior Backs Coach / Director of Rugby / Head of Men’s Performance

WRU National 18’s (2014 to 2018) – Attack Coach

Cardiff Blues Age Grade Coach (2004-2008)

​Cardiff Schools Rugby Union Chairman (2003-2005)