Diversity and Equality in Sport

Exploring Diversity and Equality in Sport

Achieving inclusivity and diversity in and through sport

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Researchers in this theme explore how inclusivity and diversity can be achieved in and through sport. The principle focus of the researchers in this theme is gender equity in sports leadership. The core membership of the theme includes members of staff associated with the Anita White Foundation (AWF). The AWF educates, empowers and invests in female leaders and scholars in sport, preserves heritage of the women and sport movement, conducts and facilitates impactful research and champions gender equity in sports leadership. Its flagship programme, the Women’s Sport Leadership Academy (WSLA) was shortlisted for a Beyond Sport Award for Gender Equality. Research in this theme has, recently, expanded to include research examining safeguarding of children, the use of sport with refugee communities, community and disability sports coaching and research exploring the classification system for blind football.

Are you interested in finding out more about this research area or getting involved in our research projects? Please email Dr Suzie Everley on s.everley@chi.ac.uk or Dr Jordan Matthews on jordan.matthews@chi.ac.uk.

Our Researchers

Dr Suzanne Everley

Head of Sport Social Science, Reader in the Sociology of Physical Education, Activity and Health, Chair of the Anita White Foundation

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Daniel Potter

Programme Leader Football Coaching & Performance, Senior Lecturer in Sport Development and Management

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Dr Jordan Matthews

Senior Lecturer in Sport Development, Business and Coaching

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Dr Melissa Day

Reader in Qualitative Sport Psychology

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Tanya Goosen

Senior Lecturer

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Philippe Crisp

Programme Leader for Sport Development and Coaching

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Gender Equity in Sports Leadership

Exploring gender balance in sport

The (lack of) gender balance within sports leadership has gained increasing traction in the UK. Globally, varying efforts are being attempted by significant sporting organisations. At the University of Chichester, we are particularly interested in the experiences and development of women leaders in sport, sport for development, eSports and how this can contribute to gender equity in sports leadership.

We have explored the topic of women leaders in sport nationally (Piggott et al., 2019), globally (Fasting et al., 2018) and over time (Matthews, 2018). We have a track record of doctoral student completions and are also home to the globally-recognised Women’s Sport Leadership Academy (WSLA).

Are you interested in finding out more about this research area or getting involved in our research projects? Please email Dr Suzie Everley  on s.everley@chi.ac.uk or Dr Jordan Matthews on jordan.matthews@chi.ac.uk.

Our Researchers

Dr Suzanne Everley

Head of Sport Social Science, Reader in the Sociology of Physical Education, Activity and Health, Chair of the Anita White Foundation

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Dr Jordan Matthews

Senior Lecturer in Sport Development, Business and Coaching

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The Science of Women's Football

Researching women's football performance

There has been huge growth in the popularity of women’s football from both a research and participation perspective in recent years. The University of Chichester has always had a strong tradition in the women’s game and we were one of the first Universities to be awarded an FA Women’s High-Performance Centre in 2017.

Our research in women’s football has focused on the physical (e.g., Datson et al., 2017) and technical (e.g., Harkness-Armstrong et al., 2020) demands of match performance, fitness test performance (e.g., Bishop et al., 2019) and how testing can inform talent identification processes (e.g., Datson et al., 2019), injury prevention training (e.g., De Ste Croix et al., 2018) and the development activities of elite players (e.g., Ford et al., 2020). In addition to our numerous projects with female players, we have recently undertaken a multi-disciplinary project on the training and development of elite female referees (Datson et al., 2020).

We aim to research topical areas relating to football match performance, as demonstrated by one of our students currently undertaking a PhD entitled ‘interventions to reduce heading load in women’s football.’

Are you interested in finding out more about this research area or getting involved in our research projects? Please email Naomi Datson on n.datson@chi.ac.uk.

Children's Experiences of Health and Wellbeing

Promoting health and wellbeing through sport and physical education

Sport and physical activity has long been considered to be a powerful factor in promoting childhood health and well-being. Our researchers are interested in how and when physical activity, sport and physical education experiences can promote such well-being changes and how we can better promote health and well-being through physical activity.

Two key strands can be seen in our research activity. First, we examine the factors that influence a child’s experience of physical activity (whether through formal coaching, teaching or play). In particular we examine how sociocultural factors (class, power dynamics, culture) shape the experience and impact of being physical active. In this line of research, we are particularly keen on exploring research methods (e.g., drawing, photography) that allow us to more fully access the child’s voice and subjective experiences. Second, our research examines the potential short and long-term health benefits of physical activity in children. In this strand, we have explored the efficacy of schemes such as the daily mile on physical activity participation, attitudes to physical activity and physical fitness. We have also evaluated exercise schemes designed to promote activity within obese populations.

Are you interested in finding out more about this research area or getting involved in our research projects? Please email Suzanne Everley on s.everley@chi.ac.uk.

Our Researchers

Dr Suzanne Everley

Head of Sport Social Science, Reader in the Sociology of Physical Education, Activity and Health, Chair of the Anita White Foundation

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Dr Julia Potter

Programme Coordinator PE and Sports Coaching Senior Lecturer in Physical Education

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Dr Mandy Gault

Head of Sport and Exercise Physiology

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Jamie Sims

Senior Lecturer

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Tanya Goosen

Senior Lecturer

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