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1) Carnegie School of Sport Full-Time Sponsored MRes (Fees-only) in collaboration with the Defense Medical Services Hypoxic Study Group

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The Carnegie School of Sport is offering a full-time Masters of Research Postgraduate degree in collaboration with the Defence Medical Services Hypoxic Study Group to start in October 2017. The award covers tuition fees (EU/UK fees only) for one year.

Our Research Students work on a wide range of exciting research projects spanning our four Research Centres in the Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure. We are seeking a highly-motivated and enthusiastic student who will fully engage in the dynamic and vibrant research environment in the Carnegie School of Sport. The quality of the Carnegie School of Sport research is evident in the outstanding results achieved in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, where we ranked 2nd nationally when accounting for both research quality and the number of contributing staff (Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism).

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The impact of extreme environments on the cognitive, sensory and motor functions that underpin the performance of complex medical tasks

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Military defence surgical teams often operate at high altitude during conflict or disaster relief. A concern for MoD policy and procedure is whether bouts of oxygen deficiency (hypoxia) impact the performance of complex medical tasks (trauma, resuscitative procedures). We welcome research proposals that employ a multi-method approach to better understand how moderate hypoxia affects cognitive, sensory and motor functionality during the completion of complex medical tasks. The project will be a cross-school, multidisciplinary (Exercise Physiology, Psychology, Skill Acquisition) venture that will enhance established links with the Defence Medical Services’ Hypoxic Study Group, and is a potential gateway to a PhD programme of study.

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Applications are invited for a full-time Masters of Research Postgraduate degree in collaboration with the Defence Medical Services Hypoxic Study Group, with a start date of October 2017 and with UK/EU fees paid for one year.

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  1. Applications should be submitted to the research project listed.
  2. Applicants should complete the research student application form and provide a research proposal using the criteria below as a guide.
  3. The research proposal can be up to four A4 pages in length (with references as an addition to the 4 page proposal) using Arial 12 point.
  4. Applicants should include the research project HYPOXIA1 and the project title at the top of the research proposal.
  5. Applicants should use the research project reference HYPOXIA1 as the subject in the email subject line when submitting their applications.
Plus Icon Selection Criteria

The criteria listed below will be used in selecting those applicants who will be called for interview and those who will be successful in securing the Masters of Research.

  1. Qualifications, expertise and experience relevant to undertaking study for a Masters of Research
  2. Knowledge of the subject area that will ensure the development of a focussed line of enquiry
  3. Knowledge and understanding of research methods appropriate to undertaking a Masters of Research in the area of research
  4. Clarity on the original contribution that the completed Masters of Research will make to the body of knowledge
  5. Scale and scope of the proposed research in terms of delivery within the one year study period

Read more information on the application process

THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS MIDNIGHT ON 31st May 2017

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Jamie Poolton (J.Poolton@leedsbeckett.ac.uk) or Dr Andrew Manley (A.J.Manley@leedsbeckett.ac.uk).

For all enquiries regarding the application process please contact:

Email: researchadmissions@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)113 812 5375

2) Carnegie School of Sport Strength and Conditioning PhD Studentships in collaboration with Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby Union Club

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<>In collaboration with Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby Union club we are pleased to invite applications for three full-time Studentships to study for a Doctor of Philosophy for a period of three years. If you are an enthusiastic high achieving student looking to study in a vibrant research environment while being involved in applied practice, then join us by applying for a full time bursary available within the Carnegie School of Sport.

The quality of Carnegie School of Sport research is evident in the outstanding results achieved in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, where we ranked 2nd nationally when accounting for both research quality and the number of contributing staff (Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism). The Research Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure delivers international research excellence through its five University Research Centres one of which has a focus on Sports Performance. Staff within the Centre for Sports Performance have been working within rugby and athlete development for several years exploring ways to optimise performance and talent development.

The research projects will sit in the Carnegie Adolescent Rugby Research (CARR) project, which currently funds seventeen postgraduate research studentships and four post-doctoral researchers. The research projects will involve working alongside staff at Leeds Beckett University and Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby Union club, providing strength and conditioning / sports science support alongside their chosen area of research to rugby players. Candidates should have a genuine passion and enthusiasm for applied sports performance, translational research, applied practice and working with youth athletes within a professional club. Candidates should also have / or be working towards UKSCA accreditation.

The posts will require flexible working hours, including regular evening and occasional weekend work. Candidates should have a good research background and experience of delivering strength and conditioning / sports science support to professional / academy athletes, relevant to their area of research.

The proposed specific project titles are;

  1. Training and match demands of youth rugby players
  2. Fatigue and recovery profiles of youth rugby players
  3. Performance and development characteristics of university rugby players

We also invite other projects to be proposed, although this should be discussed with the project lead Dr Ben Jones (b.jones@leedsbeckett.ac.uk) prior to application.

Please note, the closing date for applications is midnight 15th May 2017. All projects are subject to external funding.

Candidates should complete the application form including a research proposal

  • Applicants are invited to submit a research proposal in writing to one of the projects listed above or provide your own project following a discussion with Dr Ben Jones.
  • Applicants are asked to complete the research student application form and provide a proposal of the research to be undertaken using the headings below as a guide.
  • The proposal of the research can be up to four A4 pages in length (with references as an addition to the proposal) using type Arial 12 point.
  • Applicants are asked to include at the start of the proposal the research project title.
  • Applicants should use the research project reference (CARRSC01) as the subject in the email subject line when submitting their applications.

The criteria listed below will be used in both selecting those applicants who will be called for interview and those who will be successful in securing a Studentship.

  1. Qualifications, expertise and experience relevant to undertaking study for a PhD/MPhil
  2. Experience of providing strength and conditioning/sports science support to youth athletes
  3. Knowledge of the subject area that will allow the development of a focussed line of enquiry;
  4. Knowledge and understanding of research methods appropriate to undertaking a PhD/MPhil in your chosen area of research
  5. Clarity on the original contribution that the completed PhD/MPhil will make to the body of knowledge in the relevant research literature
  6. Scale and scope of the proposed research in terms of delivery within the three year studentship

Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss their application further by contacting the following project leads:

Dr Ben Jones b.jones@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

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Each studentship will have:

  • A stipend of £14,553 paid monthly (amount conditional as offered) and exempt from UK Income Tax and National Insurance
  • A tuition fee waiver
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The start date of the studentship is October 2017. The successful candidate will attend a compulsory induction at the beginning of October at Leeds Beckett University.

Plus Icon Part of the Research Culture

We expect bursary students to be an integral part of the research culture of the university, contributing to seminars and conferences, perhaps to projects, and generally engaging in the exchange of ideas. Associated with this, all research students undertake a research training programme.

Plus Icon Overseas' Applicants

Prospective students from outside of the UK and EU who wish to apply to study at Leeds Beckett University will be required to make up the difference annually between the UK/EU fees to be paid by the University of £4,121 and overseas’ fees of £11,800. The fee difference must be paid prior to starting. Overseas applicants must refer to the UKBA regulations on studying in the UK and contact researchadmissions@leedsbeckett.ac.uk - telephone: +44 (0)113 812 5385 before submitting.

3) Carnegie School of Sport MRes Studentships - Whole Systems Approach to Tackle Obesity Programme and the Carnegie School of Sport

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Whole Systems Approach to Tackle Obesity Programme and the Carnegie School of Sport are offering four full-time MRes studentships starting in October 2017.

The studentships are full-time for one year and the award covers the standard UK stipend (£14,553 in 17/18; pro-rata into 12 monthly payments and exempt from UK Income Tax and National Insurance) and tuition fees (EU/UK fees only).

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Obesity is a major global health crisis, one in four adults are obese and childhood obesity has been classed by the World Health Organisation as one of the most serious challenges for the 21st Century with significant health, social and economic consequences. However, tackling obesity is a complex and multifaceted problem with over a hundred contributing factors as identified in the Foresight Tackling Obesities systems map. Therefore, to help to address this epidemic, we need to look across all the different factors and explore what can be done over the short, medium and long term within a sustained whole systems approach.

The role of local authorities (LAs) in tackling and working to prevent obesity is crucial. Public Health England, the Local Government Association and the Association of Directors of Public Health are exploring how to make greater in-roads into tackling obesity by developing whole systems approaches’ that act across the local system. Leeds Beckett University has been commissioned to lead a three-year programme to explore with LAs and other partners what a whole systems approach may look like on the ground.

The programme provides an exciting and unique opportunity to be involved in and make a contribution to a major national programme, that is seeking to understand and create a more successful approach to tackling one of the world’s most pressing challenges. Successful candidates will be joining a team of colleagues from different backgrounds and disciplines as well as engaging with decision-makers and influencers in national and local government.

For more information about the programme please see www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/wholesystemsobesity.

Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss their application further by contacting Dr Duncan Radley duncan.radley@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

We also invite other projects to be proposed, although this should be discussed with Dr Duncan Radley duncan.radley@leedsbeckett.ac.uk prior to application.

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  1. The use of Group Model Building as a collaborative planning tool to address obesity. Reference: WSA1
    Recognising that obesity is a complex problem is the first critical step to understand why it is such a challenging problem. Group model building (GMB) is a participatory method for involving stakeholders in the process of developing an understanding of a complex dynamic system. This project will examine the use of GMB as a method to engage a wide variety of stakeholders in systems thinking and to support a whole systems approach in practice.
  2. Evaluation of a range of tools to help local authorities move towards a systems orientated approach to tackling obesity. Reference: WSA2
    One emerging theme from the Whole Systems project is that local authorities (LAs) need to understand how their current actions fit within a whole system approach, the networks of local authority departments involved in addressing obesity and what available data sources they have at their disposal. The Whole Systems project has developed a number of tools to help LAs achieve these internal self-assessments. This project will examine the feasibility of the tools for LAs to complete independently and their views on the usability and usefulness of the data generated.
  3. What makes for successful leadership of whole systems?  Reference: WSA3
    Whole systems approaches combine effective partnership working with ensuring actions are aligned and partners work together in a dynamic way. This may mean persuading partners to adopt a new mind-set and move away from traditional patterns of collaboration. The Whole Systems project has identified that such leadership requires a style combining the ability to bring together disparate stakeholders with managing a complex network. This study will draw on published literature, policy studies and discussions with local authorities to identify relevant models, essential elements and to encapsulate what successful leadership of whole systems looks like in practice.
  4. Using the power of planning to promote healthy weight environments.  Reference: WSA4
    Many local authorities (LAs) have highlighted their interest in using planning powers and influence to make it easier for local people to adopt healthier lifestyles, particularly healthier eating and more physical activity. This study will identify how LAs are using their planning powers, with what impact, how they went about it, who needed to be involved, what are the direct and indirect benefits, what were the barriers and challenges, and how effectively LAs have been in overcoming them, and how adopting a whole systems approach can help to maximise the potential benefits.
  5. Implementing the physical activity recommendations in the Government’s Childhood Obesity strategy: The school’s view.  Reference: WSA5
    The UK government aims to significantly reduce England’s rate of childhood obesity within the next ten years. Their childhood obesity strategy ‘Childhood Obesity: A Plan for Action’ (2016) outlines a number of actions they believe will contribute towards achieving this goal, including ‘Helping all children to enjoy an hour of physical activity every day’. Specifically, the strategy asserts that at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity should be delivered in primary schools every day. This project will investigate the teacher’s view of this recommendation.
  6. To examine weight stigma in obesity policy and campaigns; counterproductive effects of top down approaches to obesity that might incite stigma and discrimination.  Reference: WSA6
    Weight stigma and discrimination has emerged as an important topic within obesity and weight management research. Indeed, research has suggested that weight stigma has the potential to reduce the effectiveness of interventions to reduce obesity. To address the prevalence of obesity in the UK, a range of policies and campaigns have emerged, and whilst there are suggestions that some of these efforts are stigmatising and may incite discrimination, there is no published research to date. This project will examine whether there is evidence of weight stigma in obesity policy and campaigns.
  7. A city on the move? City-wide initiatives to promote healthier lifestyles.  Reference: WSA7
    Whole systems working creates a sustained network of partners, aligning their actions and building momentum around a common goal. One emerging theme from the Whole Systems project is local authority (LA) interest in behaviour change programmes across a wide geographic area, either the whole LA area or a specific locality within it. This study will identify what area-wide, city-wide or similar place-based initiatives aim to achieve, what lessons have been learnt, and what could be the characteristics of a successful approach, that takes advantage of whole systems working.
Plus Icon Selection criteria

The criteria listed below will be used in both selecting those applicants who will be called for interview and those who will be successful in securing a studentship.

  1. Qualifications, expertise and experience relevant to undertaking study for a MRes.
  2. Knowledge of the subject area that will allow the development of a focussed line of enquiry.
  3. Knowledge and understanding of research methods appropriate to undertaking a MRes in your chosen area of research.
  4. Clarity on the original contribution that the completed MRes will make to the body of knowledge in the relevant research literature.
  5. Scale and scope of the proposed research in terms of delivery within the one-year studentship.
Plus Icon Application process
  1. Applications should be submitted in writing to one of the research projects listed, or applicants can propose their own project following a discussion with Dr Duncan Radley.
  2. Applicants should complete the research student application form and provide a research proposal using the criteria below as a guide.
  3. The research proposal can be up to four A4 pages in length (with references as an addition to the four-page proposal) using type Arial 12 point.
  4. Applicants should include the research project reference and the project title at the top of their research proposal.
  5. Applicants should use the research project reference as the subject in the email subject line when submitting their applications.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 31 May 2017

Interviews for the studentships will take place the week commencing 10 July 2017.

Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss their application further by contacting Dr Duncan Radley duncan.radley@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

4) Carnegie School of Sport Funded PhD Studentships in Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure

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The Carnegie School of Sport is offering a number of three-year full-time PhD studentships in Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure to start in October 2017. The awards cover the standard UK stipend (£14,553 in 2017/18; pro-rata into 12 monthly payments and exempt from UK Income Tax and National Insurance) and tuition fees (EU/UK fees only).

The PhD Studentships include a range of exciting research projects spanning our five Research Centres in the Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure. The interdisciplinary and applied nature of much of our research means that students work on challenging problems and have significant opportunity to develop new and valuable skills.

We are seeking highly-motivated and enthusiastic students who will fully engage in the dynamic and vibrant research environment in the Carnegie School of Sport. The quality of the Carnegie School of Sport research is evident in the outstanding results achieved in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, where we ranked 2nd nationally when accounting for both research quality and the number of contributing staff (Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism).

Plus Icon Application process
  1. Applications should be submitted in writing to one of the research projects listed.
  2. Applicants should complete the research student application form and provide a research proposal using the criteria below as a guide.
  3. The research proposal can be up to four A4 pages in length (with references as an addition to the four-page proposal) using type Arial 12 point.
  4. Applicants should include the research project reference (e.g. Reference: Carnegie SCOPE2) and the project title at the top of the research proposal.
  5. Applicants should use the research project reference as the subject in the email subject line when submitting their applications.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS TO THE STUDENTSHIPS IN SPORT, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND LEISURE IS MIDNIGHT ON 22 MAY 2017.

Interviews for the studentships will take place the week commencing 17 July 2017.

Read more information on the application process

For all enquiries regarding the application process please contact:

Email: researchadmissions@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)113 812 5375

Overseas Applicants
Prospective students from outside of the UK and EU who wish to apply to study at Leeds Beckett University will be required to make up the difference annually between the UK/EU fees to be paid by the University of £4,121 and overseas’ fees of £11,800. The fee difference must be paid prior to starting. Overseas applicants must refer to the UKBA regulations on studying in the UK and contact researchadmissions@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)113 812 5385 before submitting.

Plus Icon Selection criteria

The criteria listed below will be used in selecting those applicants who will be called for interview and those who will be successful in securing a PhD Studentship.

  1. Qualifications, expertise and experience relevant to undertaking study for a PhD.
  2. Knowledge of the subject area that will ensure the development of a focussed line of enquiry.
  3. Knowledge and understanding of research methods appropriate to undertaking a PhD/MPhil in the chosen area of research.
  4. Clarity on the original contribution that the completed PhD will make to the body of knowledge in the relevant research literature.
  5. Scale and scope of the proposed research in terms of delivery within the duration of the studentship.

Projects

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Exercise interventions in early rheumatoid arthritis: From physiological responses to training interventions (Reference: Carnegie AL1)

Despite significant pharmacological advances, Rheumatoid Arthritis still leads to significant functional impairment, loss of independence and reduced life expectancy. In recent years, we and others have demonstrated that exercise improves overall health without worsening disease activity. The intended project, will combine cutting edge methodologies and translational applications of the findings, to establish the acute effects and the chronic adaptations of exercise on localised and systemic markers of inflammation, pain and functional capacity.

For general enquiries please contact Dr Antonios Stavropoulos Kalinoglou
Email A.Stavropoulos@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Telephone 0113 812 4298

Exercise and nutritional interventions to improve appetite regulation, body composition and muscle function in older adults (Reference: Carnegie AL2)

Older adults commonly experience reductions in muscle mass and strength, which increases the risk of falls and reduces quality of life. Achieving optimal protein and energy intakes is essential to counteract these physical changes but this is often compromised by diminished appetite in older adults. This project will investigate novel exercise-nutrient interactions to increase appetite, muscle mass and physical function in this population. Essential amino acid supplementation and exercise training will be optimised to extend preliminary findings that supplementation alone can increase lean tissue mass and physical function, as well as increasing energy intake under resting conditions in older adults.

For general enquiries please contact Dr Kevin Deighton
Email K.Deighton@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Telephone 0113 812 3582
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An examination of the role of grassroots football clubs, projects and communities in instigating positive social change for Refugees and Asylum seekers (Reference: Carnegie DEI1)

With a clear theme of ‘sport migration and diasporic communities’, this timely work investigates the role grassroots football projects play in addressing the current ‘refugee crisis’. It will explore how grassroots football projects disrupt dominant political discourses by actively putting the ‘Refugees Welcome’ message into practice.

It is anticipated that the researcher will utilise pre-established links with key stakeholders such as Yorkshire St. Pauli, United Glasgow FC and Football Unites Racism Divides (FURD). This original project adds to the internationally recognised work of the research centre for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Leeds Beckett University.

For general enquiries please contact Dr Aarti Ratna
Email A.Ratna@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Telephone 0113 812 3803

Challenging heteronormativity, homophobia and transphobia in PE: learning from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth (Reference: Carnegie DEI2)

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth are at risk of prejudice, bullying and discrimination in schools, resulting in poorer health outcomes and lower levels of physical activity engagement than their heterosexual and cisgender peers. Physical education (PE), as an embodied and gendered subject, is identified as a particular ‘hotspot’ for discrimination for young people (Drury, et al, 2017). Yet, little contemporary research centralises LGBT young people’s experiences.  The proposed study will draw on queer and feminist theories to address the gap in existing research about the impact of sexuality and gender identity on young LGBT people’s experiences of PE.

The proposed research study will extend existing research approaches within the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) research centre that centralise the voices of young people by working with them (as opposed to researching on them), acknowledging them as active in the construction of their own curricula and pedagogical experiences. The project will complement a growing body of research within PE that is adopting innovative methodological approaches to working with young people, whilst extending theoretical work addressing intersectional identities and power relations.

For general enquiries please contact Dr Annette Stride
Email A.Stride@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Telephone 0113 812 3547 
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Exploring the place and meaning of physical education and sport in the lives of care experienced young people (Reference: Carnegie SCOPE1)

In England there are around 70,440 children and young people in the care of local authorities. These care-experienced young people are seen as being at risk of a range of adverse social, educational and health outcomes (Sempik et al. 2008). There is however potential for curricular and extra-curricular physical activities to play a key role in care-experienced young people’s educational experiences and positive development (Quarmby, 2014; Quarmby & Pickering 2016). This study seeks to explore the place and value of physical education (PE) and sport in the lives of care-experienced young people, how it is given meaning by them in different contexts (e.g. in schools, the community, and Pupil Referral Units), and how all this contributes to their identity formation and understanding of themselves as embodied beings capable of making active choices about their health and welfare.

For general enquiries please contact Dr Thomas Quarmby
Email T.Quarmby@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Telephone 0113 812 4703

In pursuit of coaching excellence: the long-term development of triathlon coaches in the UK (Reference: Carnegie SCOPE2)

Within the context of British Triathlon’s Tokyo 2020 ‘Coaching Excellence’ plan for coaching, this study will explore the developmental pathways and experiences that lead to excellent coaching. The research will focus primarily on children and performer development triathlon coaches i.e. beginners and coaches working with athletes beyond the beginner stage and who aspire to high/elite performance. It will examine issues such as effective coaching practice, and how coaches develop the resources to achieve this practice. Attention will be paid to social learning networks, mentoring, and formal coach education.

For general enquiries please contact Dr Julian North 
Email J.North@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Telephone 0113 812 6244
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Movement efficiency and muscle-tendon function in the cycling and run legs of the Olympic distance Triathlon (Reference: Carnegie SP1)

There is little understanding of the behaviour of the triceps surae muscle-tendon complex in Triathlon or its comparability to athletes who specialise in cycling or running alone. Furthermore, despite that a number of factors related to energy supply, neuromuscular fatigue and running economy have been suggested as reasons for reductions in performance in the run leg of the race, there is currently no knowledge of the relationship between local neuro-mechanical cost and total energetic efficiency. The proposed research aims to identify factors at a global and mechanistic level that may be manipulated to improve Triathlon performance.

For general enquiries please contact Dr Athanassios Bissas
Email A.Bissas@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Telephone 0113 812 3598

Performance and development characteristics of elite youth female soccer players (Reference: Carnegie SP2)

Research into the performance and development characteristics of elite youth male soccer players is vast, although comparatively limited information is available for female soccer players. Regional Talent Centres (RTCs) operate across England to facilitate and maximise the development of female soccer players. An evaluation of current performance and development characteristics is limited, which is needed to facilitate an evidence based practice for all stakeholders working with this cohort. As such the aim of this research project is to evaluate match demands, training loads, physical development trajectories and other associated factors in U10-U16 elite youth female soccer players.

For general enquiries please contact Dr Stacey Emmonds
Email S.Emmonds@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Telephone 0113 812 3274
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