Craig Winstanley

Craig Winstanley

Current roles

  • Senior​ Lecturer: Department of Sport


I accepted a teaching role at Doncaster College/University Centre way back in 2003. Since then I have worked in a number of lecturing and leadership positions. My current role within the University Centre is Senior Lecturer and Curriculum Leader for Higher Education within the Department of Sport here at the High Melton Campus.

I also work as an applied practitioner and accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist providing psychological support for a number of organisations and individuals.  My main role as an applied practitioner is working in football as the Psychological Performance Coach for Barnsley Football club.  Alongside this role in football I also have clients in rugby league, golf and work with both amateurs and international athletes.

Current modules taught

  • Dissertation supervision
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Applied Sport Psychology
  • Employability in Sport and Exercise
  • Professional practice

Research/scholarly activity

My main research interests currently are counselling psychology in football and the impact of psychology in football.

I am currently undertaking a PhD in Performance Psychology​

Publications and Conference Papers​

Hattrick Project (2010) Needs Analysis

Hattrick Project (2011) manual for coach educators

Winstanley, C (2013).  The power of perception:  Player/Coach perceptions of performance qualities in elite football, FEPSAC 2013 Conference: The development of expertise and excellence in applied sport psychology, INSEP Paris.

Winstanley, C (2015). The power of perception:  Player/Coach perceptions of performance qualities in elite football, The 8th World Congress Science and football conference (May 2015) – Copenhagen

Winstanley, C (2017). Setting the Scene: Performance Cultures in Top Flight Football, International Conference of Football, Global football – training methods and social issues, Valencia.


  • GOALS project which is a European commission funded project (2012-2013) that looks to develop packages from the HATTRICK project into formalised qualifications.
  • HATTRICK project which is a European commission funded project (2010-2012) that enables disadvantage youths to integrate better in society by the use of football.  For more information please visit

External activity / professional links

  • Advanced Performance Coach, Barnsley FC
  • ​Fellow: Higher Education Academy
  • BASES-accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist (Psychological Support)
  • Member: the British Association of Sport & Exer​cise Science
  • Guest lecturer: York St. John’s University/Liverpool John Moores University (Psychology in Football); Doncaster Athletics Club and Scunthorpe United F.C.​ (Mental Toughness in Sport