Damian Kingsbury

Damian Kingsbury MSc BSc (Hons) PGCE

Principal Lecturer, Subject Group Leader: Sport Coaching and Sport Development


I joined Sheffield Hallam in 2005. My research interest lies in understanding how elite coaches can access and use sport science knowledge more effectively in preparing athletes for major competition. I have a wealth of experience providing scientific and medical support to athletes and coaches from a wide range of sports.

Between 2010-2015, I was Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree. My main teaching specialisms are in the scientific support of athletes and coaches, strength and conditioning, and the management of support teams servicing high-performance and elite sport teams and athletes.


I have been a student, academic and practitioner of the coaching sciences for over 20 years.

I graduated with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science from Manchester Metropolitan University (Cheshire) in 1998, going on to receive a Postgraduate Certificate of Education and a Masters by Research from the same University. While doing so, I worked as a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science.

My current role is as Principal Lecturer and Subject Group Leader in Sport Coaching and Sport Development. I also provide strategic and operational oversight to the Undergraduate BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching and BSc (Hons) Sport Development with Coaching degrees, MSc Advanced Sport Coaching Practice, and international top-up and Foundation Degrees in Sport Coaching in Hong Kong, and Chesterfield, South Trafford and Dearne Valley Colleges.

Previously at Sheffield Hallam, I had oversight of the Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) activities in the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity. This included teaching excellence, assessment and feedback strategies, internationalising the curriculum, simulation, distance learning, course design and approval, the Research into Teaching agenda (RiT), and Technology-Enhanced learning (TEL) activities, such as the virtual learning environment, e-portfolios and digital fluency.

I am currently completing a Doctorate in Professional Studies (DProf), with a specific interest in the translation and application of sport science research into meaningful and purposeful elite sport coaching practice.

Prior to my appointment as Principal Lecturer in 2015, I worked as a Sport Scientist and Strength and Conditioning Coach with a number of different teams including England Men's Lacrosse, England Women's Rugby League and Sheffield Eagles Rugby League. I also worked with athletes from sports as diverse as Mogul Skiing, BMX, Swimming, Netball, Rugby Union, Football and Track and Field.

Between 2010 and 2015, I was Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree, and twice received College Student-Nominated Inspirational Teaching Awards during this time. My main areas of teaching specialism are in the scientific and medical support of elite athletes and coaches, strength and conditioning, and the management of support teams servicing high-performance and elite sports teams.

I am a founding Associate Member of the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and have been a member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) since 1997.


Sport Coaching and Sport Development.

BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching
BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching Top-Up (SHAPE, Hong Kong)
PgDip / MSc Advanced Sport Coaching Practice


Journal articles

Davids, K., Kingsbury, D., Bennett, S., & Handford, C. (2001). Information-movement coupling: implications for the organization of research and practice during acquisition of self-paced extrinsic timing skills. Journal of Sports Sciences, 19 (2), 117-127. http://doi.org/10.1080/026404101300036316

Davids, K., Bennett, S., Kingsbury, D., Jolley, L., & Brain, T. (2000). Effects of postural constraints on children's catching behavior. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 71 (1), 69-73. http://doi.org/10.1080/02701367.2000.10608882

Bennett, S.J., Button, C., Kingsbury, D., & Davids, K. (1999). Manipulating visual informational constraints during practice enhances the acquisition of catching skill in children. Research quarterly for exercise and sport, 70 (3), 220-232. http://www.aahperd.org/rc/publications/rqes/

Davids, K., Kingsbury, D., George, K., O'Connell, M., & Stock, D. (1999). Interacting constraints and the emergence of postural behavior in ACL-deficient subjects. Journal of Motor Behavior, 31 (4), 358-366. http://heldref.metapress.com/app/home/journal.asp?referrer=parent&backto=linkingpublicationresults,1:119933,1&linkin=634387819809728750

Conference papers

Scott, K., Kingsbury, D., Bennett, S., Davids, K., & Langley, M. (2000). Effects of cricket ball colour and illuminance levels on catching behaviour in professional cricketers. Ergonomics, 43 (10), 1681-1688. http://doi.org/10.1080/001401300750004087

Theses / Dissertations

Kingsbury, D. (2022). Coaches’ acquisition of sport science knowledge and the role of education providers. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Purvis, A. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00469

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Wayne Allison (2010); Effects of high-intensity intermittent exercise on decision-making in soccer

2018 - Present: Head Coach, Woolston Rovers Rugby League Club (Warrington) Under-16's

2016 - Present: External Examiner for BSc Sport, Fitness and Exercise Science, Doncaster College and University Centre

2016 - Present: External Examiner for BSc Sport Exercise and Health Sciences, Doncaster College and University Centre

2004 - 2005: Secretary of the Interdisciplinary Section, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences

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