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Dr Kevin Till


About Dr Kevin Till

Dr Kevin Till is a Reader in Athlete Development within the Sports Coaching Group at Leeds Beckett University. Kevin contributes to research, PhD supervision, teaching and project management combining his academic expertise with his practical experience within to enhance applied research within the fields of strength and conditioning, coaching and sport science.

Kevin completed his PhD on the effects of age, maturation, anthropometry and fitness within talent identification and development within junior rugby league in the summer of 2011 during which he worked as Head of Strength and conditioning at Castleford Tigers RLFC. Kevin was appointed Lecturer in Sports Coaching at Leeds Beckett in 2012 and has since been promoted to Senior Lecturer and most recently Reader.

Kevin has a strong research profile in relation to athlete development. This research considers the health and performance continuum of youth sport including talent identification and development, strength and conditioning, training and match demands, injury and illness, performance analysis and coach education. Most of Kevin's work has been conducted in youth rugby league and union but applies across a wide range of sports and settings.

In addition, Kevin is currently co-leading the Carnegie Adolescent Rugby Research (CARR) project, which is aimed at developing evidence based practice within adolescent rugby union players in conjunction with the Yorkshire Carnegie RUFC, Leeds Rhinos RLFC and local independent schools. Kevin is currently supervising a number of PhD students who undertake applied research whilst providing practical support in a number of roles across the clubs / schools. The CARR project also includes funded projects with the Rugby Football Union and World Rugby. Kevin also co-edited the book 'The Science of Sport: Rugby'.

Kevin also has extensive experience of working within athletes in developmental and elite sport. He has worked as a strength and conditioning coach at Leeds United FC, Yorkshire CCC, Castleford Tigers RLFC and Bradford Bulls RLFC. He now works with as academy S&C coach at both Leeds Rhinos RLFC and Yorkshire Carnegie RUFC working with the club's players allowing impactful research to be implemented within practice.

Current Teaching

  • PhD supervision
  • MSc Sports Coaching - The Developing Talented Performer
  • MSc Strength & Conditioning - Strength & Conditioning Practice

Research Interests

Kevin is currently co-leading the Carnegie Adolescent Rugby Research (CARR) project, which is aimed at developing evidence based practice within adolescent rugby union players in conjunction with the Yorkshire Carnegie RUFC, Leeds Rhinos RLFC and local independent schools. Kevin is currently supervising a number of PhD students who undertake applied research whilst providing practical support in a number of roles across the clubs / schools. The CARR project also includes funded projects with the Rugby Football Union and World Rugby. Kevin also co-edited the book 'The Science of Sport: Rugby'.

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