Professional Mentoring service

The Professional Mentoring Team at the University of South Wales (USW) offers a number of bespoke services tailored to suit your mentoring needs. Mentoring can enhance your professional development, helping you to be more effective and efficient in your work. Within the BSc Sports Coaching degree there is an opportunity to complete a mentoring module, where you can become an accredited mentor. This module can also be completed at Masters level. Mentoring can also benefit your organisation, as it promotes the retention of your workforce, enhancing strategic business objectives.  




“Mentoring at the University of South Wales is supporting and guiding an individual, or organisation, to reach their optimal potential; allowing them to see beyond their perceptions and thrive towards personal, or organisational, targets.”

Aaron Northmore, USW Sport.

Meet the Professional Mentoring team

We have over 30 trained professional mentors currently delivering a range of mentoring and training packages to organisations within the sports sector and beyond. We are providing professional mentoring services to Active Gwent, Aneurin Leisure Trust,  Merthyr County Borough Council, Rhondda Cynon Taff, and the Welsh Rugby Union. 

David Phenis 

David considers himself extremely fortunate to have had over 30 years experience working in the sports sector.  A proud welsh man, Dave is very passionate, positive and a huge advocate for the benefits of effective mentoring. Dave is currently the CEO of Hockey Wales.

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Gareth Lintern

Gareth is the owner of Achieve Solutions; a Mentoring, Coaching and Training provider. He is currently working as a consultant mentor/coach in the private sector, as well as  with six local authorities as a consultant mentor working on staff development. He also works with a large Trust organisation as a consultant mentor and is a Consultant mentor with the Welsh Rugby Union.

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Mostyn Richards

Mostyn is a former schoolteacher of 18 years, a former Welsh Rugby Union Elite Performance Manager of 5 years, a former PT USW Lecturer of 5 years and a USW Mentor for the past 8 years. He is the current USW Mentoring Programme Coordinator and has a wealth of experience in sport, education, business and life.

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Melanie Tuckwell 

Mel is a senior lecturer in Coaching, and Programme leader for the MSc Sport Coaching & Performance at the University of South Wales.  Mel is an ex netball player and Wales netball coach, and has more than 20 years experience in coaching, officiating, mentoring, tutoring, assessing and developing people in both her professional and sporting  roles. 

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Mentoring Programme Research

An independent report was commissioned by the University of South Wales in September 2016 to evaluate it's mentoring programme. It identified and presented the impacts of mentoring to both individuals and organisations. Mentoring was articled as beneficial in the development of skills, overall behaviour, reductions in stress, developments in motivation and positivity, and life changing experience for themselves and those closest to them. 

Read the full article here 


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Find out more about CEELS

For more information about how The University of South Wales professional mentoring team can help you or your organisation, please contact:

Mel Tuckwell
Course Leader for MSc Sports Coaching and Performance

Tel: 01443 482716
Email: [email protected]