Research at Leeds Beckett
Dr Fieke Rongen
About Dr Fieke Rongen
Fieke completed her undergraduate and postgraduate degree in Psychology with a specialisation in Clinical Psychology at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. On completion of her Master's, Fieke worked as an academic counsellor for one and a half years.
In 2010 she was awarded the Prins Bernard Cultuur Fonds bursary to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance Psychology at the University of Edinburgh. Upon completion of this she returned to the Radboud University as a Junior Researcher and part-time lecturer.
In 2012 Fieke was awarded a studentship by the Carnegie Faculty to undertake a PhD, which she completed in 2015. During this time she also covered a 9 month secondment as the High Performance Sport Officer at Nottingham Trent University, where she was coordinated the sport scholarship program as well as the TASS hub. Upon completion of her Phd, Fieke was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching. Alongside her academic work, Fieke is also a UK Coaching tutor as well as a TASS lifestyle advisor.
- BSc Sports Coaching
- MSc Sport Coaching
Fieke's principal research interest is investigating youth athlete development with a particular focus on talent development. Her recent doctoral research explored the impact of football academy involvement on the development of youth players using a holistic perspective. Her research placed particular emphasis on exploring the range of outcomes associated with talent development programme involvement as well as what constitutes 'healthy' systems from both a performance and personal development perspective.
Building on this Fieke is interested in further exploring athletes' experiences of (elite) youth sport and understanding the roles of coaches and other support personnel in providing these experiences as well as if and how they can facilitate personal development and well-being whilst simultaneously pursuing performance outcomes.