Wesley Sleat

Wes SleatAn experienced programme lead in the exercise and fitness sector with a strong quality assurance background (internal and external quality assurance) and a growing publication profile. Worked in high-performance sport as a strength and conditioning coach and sports scientist. Committed to understanding and improving mentoring and personal development strategies for all.


Academic and professional qualifications:
  • PhD – Cardiff Metropolitan University (2021).
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy (FHEA) (2018).
  • MSc – Sport and Exercise Sciences, University College Chichester (2003).
  • PGDip – Leadership and Management, University of Wales, Newport (2012).
  • PGCert – Leadership and Management, University of Glamorgan (2011).
  • PGCE, PCET, University of Newport (2010).
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Sciences (2:1), University College Chichester (2002).
  • Diplomas in Sports Therapy and Sports Injuries, South Devon College (1997).
  • UKSCA Accreditation – (Weight Lifting/Multiple Choice Exam – Passed (2018))
  • Level 4 – Assessors Award (A1)
  • Level 4 – Certificate in Assessment and Quality Assurance (V1)
  • Level 3 – Exercise Referral Diploma
  • Level 4 – Back Care Diploma
  • Level 3 – Certificate In Personal Training
  • Level 3 – Advanced Fitness Instructor


Present post (including current academic and school responsibilities):
  • Managing Director/Programme Lead/IQA – Fit2Train
  • External Quality Assurer – YMCA Awards
  • Programme lead – FdSc Sport Conditioning, Rehabilitation, and Massage (four-year tenure with Cardiff Metropolitan University)
  • Lead IQA / Managing Director (ten-year tenure in the private sector with Fit2Train Ltd)
  • External Advisor in the HE sector (four-year tenure at the University of Plymouth)
  • External Quality Assurer in the HE sector (four-year tenure at the University of Plymouth)
  • Senior Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning, Sport and Exercise Sciences, Professional Development, and Personal Training


Research profile:

Sleat, W. (2002). Does the Sporting Phenomenon of Home Advantage Exist in the English Premier League: A Notational Analysis, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Student Conference, Harrow, London (unpublished).

Sleat, W., O’Donoghue, P., Hughes, M. and Bezodis, I. N. (2016). The influence of natural turf surface hardness on football performance and game characteristics, International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 16, 216-233.

Sleat, W., Hughes, M., O’Donoghue, P. and Bezodis, I. N. (2021). Surface hardness and its influence on repeated sprint ability in academy football players (publication: TBC).

Sleat, W., O’Donoghue, P., Hughes, M. and Bezodis, I. N. (2021). The effect of surface hardness on the physiological and biomechanical responses of amateur football players while performing in steady-state activity and a soccer-specific protocol (publication: TBC).

Sleat, W., O’Donoghue, P., Hughes, M. and Bezodis, I. N. (2021).The perceptions of players and coaches on the effect of playing soccer on soft and hard natural grass pitches (publication: TBC)

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