Research to examine effectiveness of football academies
Fieke Rongen, a researcher in the Carnegie Faculty at Leeds Met, is conducting a study to track the development of youth football players over time. The research explores the players' athletic development and performance as well as their development off the field.
As Fieke explains: "I've been working with a specific English Football academy to track the development of their players over time. The research focuses on their sporting and non-sporting experiences. I'm now looking to speak to other players that have gone through an English football academy system in the past ten years. I would like to talk to players that have been able to make the transition into professional football as well as players who've not ended up getting professional contracts."
The ex-academy players will be interviewed to find out about their experiences of being part of an academy set up and how these have impacted on their life. The research will also aim to gather information to improve football academy experiences for future generations.
Fieke Rongen has a background in clinical and performance psychology and has previously worked as an academic advisor/counsellor.
If you would like to take part in the study, please email F.Rongen@leedsmet.ac.uk expressing your interest.