John Stoszkowski

Dr. John Stoszkowski

Senior Lecturer/Research Degrees Tutor

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Greenbank Building, GR248

+44 (0) 1772 89 5702

Subject Areas: Sport and Sport related courses

John is a Senior Lecturer and Research Degree Tutor in the School of Sport and Health Sciences. He holds a BSc (Hons.) in Sports Science from Lancaster University, an M.Phil. in Sports Coaching (Education) from The University of Birmingham, and obtained his PhD. at UCLan. John is research active with a particular interest in coach learning. He is a member of the Institute of Coaching and Performance.

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John joined UCLan in 2010 from his role as Regional Coaching Development Manager at The Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA). At The PGA, he helped embed the vision of 'Right Coach, Right Place, Right Time' in England and facilitated the implementation of the England Golf player development, coaching, and talent pathway in 12 counties across the North of England. He established county academies in 8 counties across the North of England and was also responsible for developing and managing a regional coach development, education, and mentoring programme in line with the National Club Coaching Programme. Prior to this, John was Regional Development Officer at The English Golf Union. Here, he was responsible for raising the profile of golf in the North West of England, translating England Golf’s national framework for the development of golf into practical plans for 4 counties. This involved implementing the ‘Start’ and ‘Stay’ elements of the Whole Sport Plan national strategy on a local level. He established and developed a network of County Golf Partnerships and recruited and supervised a team of County Development officers.

Before moving into Golf, John founded and managed a sports coaching company which developed and delivered an innovative range of coaching programmes and teacher training workshops in school sports partnerships and local communities across the UK. He liaised and negotiated with partnership development managers, school sports coordinators, and community leaders, and managed an experienced team of professional sports coaches and instructors. During this time, John also lectured in Sports Coaching and Physical Activity at Edge Hill University as an associate tutor and has been involved in coaching several sports across a variety of levels in both domestic and international settings.

Here at UCLan, John teaches across a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules on the BSc Sports Coaching and Performance, BA Sports Coaching and Development, and MSc Sports Coaching programmes. He supervises undergraduate and postgraduate research and maintains links with a wide range of professional clubs and national governing bodies of sport. As a research degree tutor in the School of Sport and Health Sciences, John also supports research students and monitors their progress with their research.

  • Ph.D. Sports Coaching, University of Central Lancashire, 2015. Thesis title ‘Exploiting social learning as a legitimate tool in coach development’.
  • PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of Central Lancashire, 2012
  • Certificate in Learning, Teaching and Assessing, Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA), 2012
  • M.Phil. Sports Coaching (Education), University of Birmingham, 2011. Thesis title ‘An Investigation of the Mediators of Talent Development in Golf’
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Science, Lancaster University, 2005. Thesis title ‘The Design and Implementation of a Performance Index System for Football’
Research Groups
  • Institute of Coaching and Performance (ICaP)


John's current research interests centre on coach learning.


Stoszkowski, J., & McCarthy, L. (2019). Students’ perceptions of the learner attributes required for (and resulting from) heutagogical learning. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, 14.

Stoszkowski, J. (2018). Using Flipgrid to develop social learning. COMPASS: Journal of Learning and Teaching, 11(2).

Stoszkowski, J., & Collins, D. (2018). The Agony and the Ecstasy: Student-Coaches’ Perceptions of a Heutagogical Approach to Coach Development. International Sport Coaching Journal, 5(2). pp. 136-144.

Stoszkowski, J., & Collins, D. (2017). Nirvana or Never-Never Land? Does Heutagogy have a place in Coach Development? International Sport Coaching Journal, 4(3), 353-358.

Stoszkowski, J., McCarthy, L., & Fonseca, J. (2017). Online Peer Mentoring and Collaborative Reflection: A Cross-institutional Project in Sports Coaching. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 5(3), 118-121.  

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John teaches across a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules including:
TL4188 Philosophy to Practice
TL4189 Contemporary Practice for Sport

John is the module leader for:
TL2118 Coaching Practice Experience 
TL3167 The Critically Reflective Coach 
TL3170 Coaching Practice Experience II 
TL4186 Dissertation for Sport 
TL4187 Research Methods for Sport



Project lead on HEFCE's Catalyst Fund Call A: Small-scale, ‘experimental’ innovation in learning and teaching. Awarded £22,000 for 'Collaborative reflection in practice: a cross-institutional project in sports coaching' in partnership with St Mary's University, Twickenham.


John was awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2019