Don Vinson is a Principal Lecturer in Sports Coaching Science at the University of Worcester, UK where he leads the MPhil/PhD programmes within the School of Sport and Exercise Science. Don is also the Coaching and Performance Research Group lead for the University. Don completed his PhD at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) before moving to Liverpool John Moores’ University as a Senior Lecturer in Sport Development and Coaching in 2004. In 2008, Don moved to the University of Gloucestershire and then to his current post at the University of Worcester in 2014. Don was awarded a Teaching Fellowship by the University of Gloucestershire in 2011 and is currently a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Don’s research and teaching interests surround athlete and coach learning. Don has written numerous articles concerning games-based and non-linear approaches to sports coaching. His current research interests focus on coach learning through the lens of Wenger-Trayner’s social theory of learning and includes a present investigation into the development of games-based approaches through coach education pathways in the UK. In 2014 Don co-edited ‘Youth Sport, Physical Activity and Play’ with Professor Andrew Parker. Don will convene the 7th International Teaching Games for Understanding Conference at the University of Worcester in July 2021.
Don is also an active coach and coach educator for England and Great Britain (field) Hockey). Don is currently an assistant coach of the England U16 girls’ national age group programme and also delivers a range of workshops for coaches.
Goals for the United Kingdom