The Long-Term Athletic Development of School Sport Athletics

  • Leeds
  • 24th November 2019
Employer: Leeds Beckett University & Queen Ethelburga's College
Reference: Carnegie/QE
Contract type: Full time/Fixed term/3 years
Bursary: A stipend of £15,009 per annum (pro-rata into 12 monthly payments) 
Full-time Sponsored Postgraduate Research Student Bursaries start date – February 2020
Leeds Beckett University and Queen Ethelburga’s College are looking to recruit a highly motivated individual for a PhD studentship.

This is a unique opportunity for an enthusiastic and high-achieving individual looking to undertake a PhD in a vibrant research and athlete development environment. The successful candidate will deliver strength and conditioning and sport science support within Queen Ethelburga’s College alongside their PhD project.

Project Title: The Long-Term Athletic Development of School Sport Athletes

The long-term athletic development of today’s youths is currently a hot topic with recent consensus statements (Lloyd et al., 2016, J Strength Cond Res. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001387), Bergeron et al., 2015, Br J Sports Med. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2015-094962) highlighting numerous challenges of developing the health and performance of youth athletes.

These challenges are related to training and competition load (e.g., Phibbs et al., 2018, Eur J Sport Sci. doi: 10.1080/17461391.2017.1418026) wellbeing and recovery (e.g., Sawczuk et al., 2018, Pediatr Exerc Sci. doi: 10.1123/pes.2017-0190) alongside education and psycho-social development (e.g., Rongen, F., et al. 2018 Are youth sport talent identification and development systems necessary and healthy? Sports Med doi:10.1186/s40798-018-0135-2).

This PhD studentship provides the opportunity to explore the impact of strength and conditioning / sport science on the long-term athletic development of school sport athletes and help innovate and drive current and future practices.

The successful candidate will be embedded within Queen Ethelburga’s College providing Strength and Conditioning and Sports Science support to school athletes aged 13 to 18 years. The practical commitment will involve a maximum of 3 days of delivery per week (30 weeks per year) at the College whilst allowing the candidate to undertake innovative research on long-term athletic development.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposals and the project with the Project Lead; Professor Kevin Till (

***The Project is subject to external funding***

Package description

The studentship comes with:
A stipend of £15,009 per annum (pro-rata into 12 monthly payments)
UK/EU Fees paid for a period of three years

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BASES stands for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. BASES is the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK.



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