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Fully Funded PhD Studentship - The Grammar School at Leeds in collaboration with the Carnegie School of Sport, Leeds Beckett University. Long-Term Athletic Development within Schools: Evaluating Interventions


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About the Project

The Grammar School at Leeds and the Carnegie School of Sport are looking to recruit a highly motivated individual to a prestigious PhD

• Full-time Sponsored Postgraduate Research Studentship

• Start date: September 2022 (at the School) October 2022 (PhD Award Start Date)

The PhD studentship will have a bursary of £15,609 per annum (pro-rata into 12 monthly payments) plus UK Fees paid initially for a period of three years. 

This is a unique opportunity for an enthusiastic and high-achieving individual looking to undertake a PhD in a vibrant research environment. The successful candidate will deliver athletic development provision at The Grammar School at Leeds alongside undertaking their PhD project.

The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) is a place of learning and success in all areas – academically, in wider co-curricular life and in personal relationships. The school has recently been named Northern School of the decade by the Sunday Times, placing GSAL in the top 4% nationally for GCSE and A-level for the value added. Students flourish in an ambitious and aspirational environment, but crucially they also enjoy a friendly and caring community. Every child is valued and supported by our dedicated team of staff to become confident, caring and resilient, capable of high achievement and able to rise to any challenge. GSAL has a great reputation for a variety of individual and team sports and we are looking to develop the strength and conditioning provision within the school for our team set based athletes in addition to thriving health and fitness culture for extracurricular activities. 

The successful candidate will work alongside GSAL’s physical education and athletic development staff to supplement the co-curricular program with a willingness to work in both the Primary and Secondary phase of learning (3-18 years old). The successful candidate will have responsibilities in all aspects of physical education and they would have the potential to support the students and staff in sport including curricular and co-curricular fixtures as required by school. Although we do not expect an extensive knowledge of all activities, it would be desirable for candidates to be enthusiastic and willing to coach a sport(s) alongside the athletic development responsibilities. Practical coaching hours in term time will not exceed 3 days per week.

Project 1 Title: Long-Term Athletic Development within Schools: Evaluating Interventions

Supervisory team:  Prof Kevin TillProfessor David Morley

There is a global concern surrounding the current lifestyle behaviours and future health and well-being of youth with levels of physical activity, aerobic and muscular fitness in youth declining (Sandercock & Cohen, 2019). These trends may be occurring due to (1) a perceived lack of value and misunderstanding of promoting health through skill-related components of physical fitness; (2) a tendency for youth activities to focus on sport-specific skills and competition; and (3) school timetabling implementing ‘health and fitness’ at limited time points each year Lloyd et al., 2015Baker, 2015). To support the development of health and fitness, recent recommendations have supported the implementation and integration of long-term athletic development programmes within schools (Till et al., 2021). Long-term athletic development is defined as the habitual development of athleticism over time to improve health and fitness, enhance physical performance, reduce the relative risk of injury, and develop the confidence and competence of all youth (Lloyd et al., 2016). Athleticism is the ability to repeatedly perform a range of movements with precision and confidence in a variety of environments requiring competent levels of motor skill, strength, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination and endurance (Lloyd et al., 2015). Such an approach may be vital to overcome existing health concerns and promote future successful sports performance. Recent strategies and athletic development programmes have been proposed (i.e., Movement Orientated Games Based Assessment; Morley et al., 2021; RAMPAGE; Till et al., 2021) to support long-term athletic development. However, limited research exists evaluating the implementation of such long-term athletic development programmes within schools. It is envisaged that this project will design and develop athletic development programmes and evaluate the implementation through a monitoring and evaluation tool.

Further information on how to apply can be found here

To discuss the project please contact Professor Kevin Till ([Email Address Removed]), Professor David Morley ([Email Address Removed]) and Kevin Shattock (Head of Athletic Development at GSAL; [Email Address Removed])


Funding Notes

Funding will consist of UK full tuition fees for three years and the award of a living stipend at UK Research Council rates (£15,609 per annum pro-rata into 12 monthly payments). Funding will be subject to satisfactory progress.
A laptop will be provided and the opportunity to apply for funding to support the research project.

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