Robin Taylor

Dr. Robin Taylor

Senior Lecturer in Coaching and Performance

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Greenbank Building, GR244

+44 (0) 1772 89 5713

Subject Areas: Coaching and Performance

Robin is a Senior Lecturer in Coaching and Performance. His research is focused on talent development and he is particularly interested in the holistic role family can play in the development of sporting talent. Robin is a Performance Centre Head Coach within the England Hockey Player Pathway and has worked closely with a range of NGBs and sports organisation supporting both player and coach development.

Robin is research active in the Institute of Coaching and Performance (ICaP).

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Robin works in the Institute of Coaching and Performance (ICaP) supervising postgraduate students on MProf, DProf and PhD programmes. Robin previously taught across practical and theoretical coaching modules on the universities BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Performance and BA (Hons) Sports Coaching and Development degree programmes developing a broader interest in coaching practice, coach education, and psychological and social development of athletes. Robin has a diverse educational background when it comes to sport, having studies at UCLan since 2007 which has allowed him to develop an understanding of sport across several areas; social, cultural, developmental, physical, performance and psychological. His coaching background has seen him coach hockey in a range of environments, working with a range of populations, including; primary and secondary school, club (performance, participation and development) and talent.


  • Ph.D. Talent Development in Sport, University of Central Lancashire, 2018
  • MA. Sport, Policy and Community Development, University of Central Lancashire, 2012
  • PGCert. Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of Central Lancashire, 2016
  • BA (Hons). Sports Studies, University of Central Lancashire, 2010


  • HEA D2 Fellow
  • England Hockey (EH) Coaching Membership


Taylor, R.D., Carson, H.J., & Collins, D. (In Press). Seeing double? A practice-based investigation into twin’s experiences of sporting talent development. International Sports Coaching Journal.

Taylor, R.D., Carson, H.J., & Collins, D. (2018). The impact of siblings during talent development: A longitudinal examination in sport. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 30, 272 – 287.

Taylor, R.D., Collins, D., & Carson, H. (2017). Sibling interaction as a facilitator for talent development in sport. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 12 (2). 219 – 230.

Taylor, R.D., & Collins, D. (2015). Reviewing the family unit as a stakeholder in Talent development: Is it undervalued? Quest, 67: 3, 330 – 343.

More Publications


  • FA Coach Mentoring Conference, 2019
  • UK Sport Athlete to Coach Programme, 2019
  • Open University Conference. My Child: The Athlete, 2019
  • UK Coaching Aspire III & IV Coach Development Programme, 2016 & 2017
  • RFL Embed the Pathway Coach and Parent Conference, 2015
  • ICaP Symposium, 2013

Research Activities

  • Talent Development
  • Coach Education
  • Coaching Practice
  • Elite Sport Systems

Teaching activities

  • PhD
  • DProf
  • MProf