Pete Holmes

Pete Holmes

Current roles

  • Programme Leader: BA (Hons) Physical Education and Sport Coaching​
  • Member: Learning, Teaching and Scholarship Committee


I have worked at Doncaster College and University Centre Doncaster since 2007, having previously worked in the health and fitness industry for around 10 years. I began my professional career as a fitness instructor with Living Well Health Clubs, having developed an interest in sports physiology and psychology a few years earlier whilst training for the London marathon. I then became self-employed as a Personal Fitness Trainer and Swimming Instructor. I later spent four years as an Exercise Physiologist with BUPA Wellness, performing a wide range of health screening tests including blood sampling and exercise stress testing. I have also worked for ProZone, the sports analysis company, covering England rugby union throughout their successful 2003 World Cup build up and tournament campaign.

I have coached various sports for many years, particularly rugby league and football. I currently coach within the talent pathway at Castleford Tigers Rugby League club. I also lead coach development sessions for local coaches.

Current modules taught

  • Foundations of Physical Education & Sports Coaching
  • Practical Physical Education &Sports Coaching
  • Advanced PE Practice
  • Advanced Sports Coaching Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in PE & Coaching
  • Sport & Society
  • Major Independent Research Project (MIRP)

Research / scholarly activity

I am currently approaching the end of my PhD studies through Leeds Beckett University under the supervision of Professor Andrew Sparkes and Professor Richard Light, both world-leading researchers and academics. My area of focus is the life-long development and practice of elite professional rugby league coaches involving six Super League & International coaches.​

External activity / professional links

  • Coach: Castleford Tigers RL Player Development Centre
  • Fellow: Higher Education Academy
  • External Examiner: The Manchester College/Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Member: the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)
  • Member: the Association for Physical Education (AfPE)
  • Member: Sports Coach UK
  • Governor: Churwell Primary School, Leeds​