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:
We are currently working with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) completing a two year evaluation of the ‘Half Game Rule’ in age grade rugby (U7-U19).
The Half Game Rule ensures that all players named in a match day squad play for at least half a game. This research is examines how engineering junior competition affects participation, retention, enjoyment, and the game of rugby more broadly.
Group leaderSchool of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, University of Essex