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Pam Richards

Programme Leader Sports Coaching

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Pam Richards

Room: M402


+44 (0) 1978 293459


Pam Richards has coached internationally for 19 years and is an FIH (High Performance) Hockey Coach. Pam has gained valuable experience as an international coach working with performers from the junior age groups (U16) to the senior national team.

During this period Pam has won six European medals as head coach. In 2009 Pam qualified the Welsh National squad for a World Cup Qualifier (2010) and the Commonwealth Games (2010), improving the Welsh National squads FIH rankings.

In addition to developing a high level coaching expertise Pam has performed the role as senior physiologist for a period of 4 years which included preparing the Welsh Women National Hockey team for Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur (1998) and a European Tournament (1996). Through her role as an elite coach and in her role as a Sport Development Officer (Sport Wales, 1994 -1999), Pam has developed a strong understanding of the implementation of performance pathways and player development.

Pam integrates both an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach into her coaching and applied work; and has performed the role of consultant and adviser to several elite teams and world cup programmes in the sports of netball, rugby 7s and football. Finally Pam is actively pursuing a career in research and is investigating the area of naturalistic decision-making in elite sports teams at doctorial level.

FIH World Qualified Hockey Coach

Currently studying PhD in Team Decision Making

Post Graduate Diploma in Elite Coaching Practice

MSc Exercise Physiology Nutrition

BA Combined Honours Sport Science and Psychology

Performance Analysis

Sports Coaching

Coaching Pedagogy

Managing Performance

Publications were included in the Research Exercise Framework (2013) as part of the submission process.

Richards, P, Mascarenhas, D and Collins, D. (2012). Developing rapid high-pressure team decision-making skills. The integration of slow deliberate reflective learning within the competitive performance environment: A case study of elite netball. International Journal of Reflective Practice, 1 – 18.Special Olympic Edition

Bate, B  and Richards,  P. (2011). Developing Decision Making Skill in Professional  footballers. British Association of Sport and Exercise  Conference, Chester

Merola, T, Donovan, T  and Richards,  P. (2010). Developing Decision Making Skill in youth footballers. British Association of Sport and Exercise  Conference, Aberystwyth. 

Richards, P,Mascarenhas, D and Collins, C (2009).  Implementing reflective practice approaches with elite team athletes: parameters of success. International Journal of Reflective Practice,10,3, 353 – 363.

Collins, D, Martindale, A, Mascarenhas, D and Richards, P (2009).  Decisions Decisions Decisions! Professional Judgement and Decision Making as a crucial cross-domain construct in applied sport science. BASES Conference, Leeds. 

Richards, P, Collins, D, and Mascarenhas, D (2009).  Reflective Practice as a methodology to influence in-game decision making. BASES Conference, Leeds. 

Richards, P. (2008). Skills and Strategies for attacking a half court defence.  Federation International Hockey. High Performance Coaching Course, Monchengladbach, Germany

Richards, P. (2008). Empowering the team: Is it an effective way to Facilitate an Autonomous Performance Environment? Sports Coaching and the Sociological Imagination Conference. Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester.

Team Decision Making in Sport

Managing High Performance Teams

Performance Analysis