Outreach Projects

BASES Outreach Project 

Through 2021, the BASES Board agreed to establish a BASES Outreach Project Team, the aim of which is to increase public engagement and awareness of BASES. The following members were appointed: Prof John Dickinson FBASES (Chair), Mastveer Ghatahora, Dr Sarah Gilchrist FBASES, Dr James Johnstone, Prof Zoe Knowles FBASES, George Mitchell, Dr Sarah Powell, Dr Andy Sparks. 

The first project to be delivered was that of a public talk, which was open to any interested parties. This free, public session, entitled From Podium to Pillow: How to Sleep Well to Optimise Health and Performance took place from 7 pm to 8 pm on Wednesday 17 November 2021, during the virtual BASES 2021 Conference.

We all sleep, and bad sleep and bad sleep habits can impact health and performance. Presenters Dr Sarah Gilchrist FBASES (Gilchrist Performance) and Dr Luke Gupta (English Institute of Sport) both have extensive experience supporting clients and elite athletes to achieve the best night’s sleep. The webinar provided insights and practical advice from the elite sporting arena to help improve your sleep health to make the most out of the day. 

To view the recording of the public talk, please click here 


The second project is centred around careers in sport and exercise sciences. BASES is producing several short videos from practitioners who have forged a career in various industries, following completion of a sport and exercise science related degree. Here are a number of interview style videos explaining what the practitioner is currently doing within their role, providing an overview of qualification and training they completed and any networking/work experience they undertook to help them along in their career. 

We hope the short videos prove helpful to school-age students (aged between 13 and 18 years old) to engage them with a better understanding of what they can do with a degree related to sport and exercise science. 

1. Prof John Dickinson FBASES, Chair of the BASES Outreach Project Team


2. Amy Spencer, Registered Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Practitioner Sports Psychologist, Southampton Football Club


3. Beth Mitchell, Active Ageing Lead, Greater Sport


4. Dr Cat Shin, Biomechanics Consultant & Project Lead Performance Analysis Technical Lead – Coding Languages, English Institute of Sport


5. Julia Wells, Head of Performance Analysis, English Institute of Sport


6. Sharon Madigan, Registered Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Dietitian, Head of Performance Nutrition, Sport Ireland Institute


7. Laura Needham, Co-Head of Physiology and Senior Physiologist, English Institute of Sport and British Triathlon


8. David Smith MBE, Athlete


We are keen to get your feedback on the short videos and what other outreach projects would be beneficial. Please spend a couple of minutes completing this brief feedback form. Thank you.

Details of the BASES Career Guide can be found here.


Open Videos

On 22 March 2022, the PFA (Professional Footballers Association), Premier League and BASES combined to deliver a webinar called “Fasting & Football 2022”. The webinar explored the conditions for Muslim athletes during the fasting period of Ramadhan.

The webinar brought together an international panel of academics and practitioners to share information, research and practice. The panel included Riz Rehman (EDI executive, PFA), Prof Karim Chamari (Aspetar, Qatar), Dr Zafar Iqbal (Crystal Palace FC,), Nabil Shah (Leicester City FC), Jennie Carter (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC Academy) and Dr Ibrahim Akubat (Newman University Birmingham & Chair of the BASES Sport & Performance Division).



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