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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 a 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 Sports 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 and emergency services. 

PhD Elite Team Decision Making

FIH World Qualified High Performance Hockey Coach

UKCC Level 4 Coach

MSc Exercise Physiology Nutrition

Post Graduate Diploma in Elite Coaching Practice

BA Combined Honours Sport Science and Psychology



Performance Analysis

Sports Coaching

Coaching Pedagogy

Managing Performance


Richards, P, Roberts, D, Britton, M and Roberts, N. (2018). The exploration of Body-Worn Video to accelerate the decision-making skills of Police Officers within an experiential learning environment”. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 12 (1).  43 – 49.  DOI: 10.1093/police/pax017  [Accepted 13 March 2017]


Richards, P.  (2017) Developing team decision-making skills: A holistic Framework integrating both on-field and off-field pedagogical coaching processes. The 11th International Coaching Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK.


Morgan, D., Richards, P. and Hilton, S (2017). Exploring the decision-making capabilities of experienced and novice Football Goalkeepers. The four International Coaching Conference, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, UK


Richards, P, Mascarenhas, D and Collins, D. (2016). Developing team decision making: A holistic framework integrating both on-field and off-field pedagogical coaching processes.  Sports Coaching Review. 

Team Decision Making in Sport

Team Decision Making in Emergency Services – Police / Nursing

Managing High-Performance Teams

Performance Analysis