How can we maximise positive youth development through sport?
In many ways, sport acts as a dress rehearsal for life. By providing opportunities to give and receive feedback; develop discipline; adhere to rules and respect those who apply said rules; learn about one’s roles, responsibilities, and obligations to others; provide support and encouragement to others; and experience highs and lows, victory and defeat. Sport allows us to learn about ourselves and develop personal, inter- and intra-personal skills.
The Developing Young People through Sport group examines ways to (1) adapt sports competitions for positive individual and group-level outcomes, (2) develop effective training programmes, (3) facilitating optimal training environments, (4) train effective and efficacious coaches, and (5) improve the lives of disadvantaged and disengaged young people and youth at risk.
Areas of research include:
- Coach-Athlete Relationships
- Coaching Efficacy and Effectiveness
- Competitive Engineering
- Fundamental Movement Skills
- Group Dynamics and Teamwork
- Moral Development
- Perceptual-Cognitive Skill Development
- Physical Education
- Positive Youth Development
- Relative Age Effect
Sport and Exercise Psychology (MSD, MPhil, PhD)
Sports and Exercise Sciences (MSD, MPhil, PhD)
Health and Physical Activity (MSD, MPhil, PhD)