Dr Louis Nolte

Teaching Fellow in Sports Policy and Management


I have been involved in sport since starting my career as a judoka in 1991. As an athlete, highlights include winning the Commonwealth Judo Championships on multiple occassions. I realised relatively early on in my career that I wanted to become a judo instructor, and combined my practical experience as a competitor with a tertiary academic career in sport. I used this as a platform to build a successful judo business in South Africa (PMA Judo - later to become Tora). In the process I achieved two honours degees (in Psychology and Human Movement Sciences) through the University of Pretoria (UP), a Masters in Sport Science, a Doctorate in Sport Management through the University of Johannesburg (UJ), and a 5th Dan in judo. I have since moved into a managerial role in the business, and in the process started lecturing at UP, UJ and Tshwane University of Technology prior to moving to the University of Edinburgh.


Dip. Sports Coaching: Judo (JudoSpace and Anglia Ruskin University)

BSocSci(Hons): Psychology

BA(HMS)(Hons): Recreation

MPhil: Sport Science

DPhil: Sport Management

Responsibilities & affiliations

Education Director: The Scottish Centre for Olympic Research and Education (SCORE)

Member of the European Association of Sport Management

Member of the Academy of Sport, University of Edinburgh

Editorial Board: Arts and Sciences of Judo, International Judo Federation Academy

Life member: Judo South Africa

Member of JudoScotland


Undergraduate teaching

Research Methods

Strategic Sport and Recreation Management

Postgraduate teaching

Sport Resource Management

Sport Policy

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

Strategic sport management

Elite sport systems

Long-Term Athlete Development

Monitoring and evaluation of sport systems

Current research interests

The role of schools judo as an educational physical activity and foundation for an elite judo career; Resource management in elite sport systems; Strategic positioning of the Commonwealth Youth Games

Past research interests

The effect of variable environmental factors on the performance of elite athletes; The contextual management of elite judo and netball systems; The perceptions of elite athletes of the systems that they participate in

Affiliated research centres

Project activity

Working group on skills based education in Edinburgh with a focus on digital and physical literacy

Full review of the Commonwealth Youth Games

Conference details

Attended and presented at the  6th European Judo Science & Research symposium & 5th Scientific and Professional Conference in Porec, Croatia (2019).

Attended and presented at the SASMA/BRICSCESS Conference, Cape Town, South Africa (2019).

Attended and presented at the Commonwealth Judo Association Conference (2021).

Papers delivered

Comparing Judo Experiences of Elite Sport Systems: 6th European Judo Science & Research symposium & 5th Scientific and Professional Conference - “Applicable Research in Judo”, Croatia (2019).

A Comparative analysis of elite sport systems of national judo federations in England, the Netherlands and South Africa: SASMA/BRICSCESS Conference, Cape Town, South Africa (2019).

Jigoro Kano's Philosophy and Value Based Education: Commonwealth Judo Association Conference, Online (2021).

PL Nolte, Johanna C Wessels, CE Prinsloo (2009). The effect of therapeutic recreation activities on students' appraisals of their emotions during academically demanding times. Journal for New Generation Sciences, 7(1): 160-175.

Petrus L Nolte (2014). The effect of variable environmental factors on sport performance. University of Johannesburg.

Petrus L Nolte, Cora Burnett, Wim Hollander (2017). Perspective of coaches on LTAD of elite judo athletes: a comparative analysis. South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation, 1(2): Special Edition: 219-228.

Petrus L Nolte (2018). Management of judo federations: a comparative analysis. University of Johannesburg.

Petrus L Nolte, Willem Hollander (2018). Comparing judoka experiences of elite sport systems. Applicable Research in Judo: 43. 

Petrus Louis Nolte, Willem Hollander (2019). A comparative analysis of elite sport systems of national judo federations in Great Britain, South Africa and The Netherlands. African Journal for Physical Activity and Health Sciences (AJPHES), 25(2): 272-290.

Petrus L Nolte, Willem Hollander (2020). Elite netball players' perspectives on long term athlete development programs in South Africa. Journal of Physical Education and Sport, 20(5): 2560-2566.

Petrus L Nolte, Cora Burnett (2020). A figurational perspective on the comparison of three national judo systems. Journal of Physical Education and Sport, 20(5): 2567-2573.

Petrus L Nolte, Willem Hollander (2020). Report on a framework for a contextual Netball South Africa elite sport system. Unpublished Report: University of Johannesburg.