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Professor Hayley Fitzgerald


About Professor Hayley Fitzgerald

Hayley joined Leeds Beckett University in September 2005 as a Senior Lecturer.

Prior to taking this position Hayley worked for six years as a researcher at Loughborough University and managed the evaluation of a range of national and regional projects supporting young disabled people in physical education and youth sport.

Many of these projects were linked the 'PE and Sport Strategy for Young People' and the work of the Youth Sport Trust. Hayley has also worked for a number of disability sport organisations in Yorkshire. 

Current Teaching

Hayley teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules focusing on social and cultural aspects of leisure, sport and physical education. Hayley also supervises four PhD students.

Research Interests

Hayley's research interests are primarily in the area of disability, physical education and youth sport. Hayley is committed to including all young disabled people within research and evaluation work. She has extensive experience of developing accessible and participatory research strategies.

Theoretically, Hayley's work draws on British disability studies, sociology of physical education and sport and the work of Pierre Bourdieu. Hayley is the Co-convener of the British Educational Research Association - PE and Sport Pedagogy Special Interest Group and is the Chair of the United Kingdom Disability Sport Coaching, Learning and Leadership Group.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (35)

Books (4)

Chapters (19)

  • Fitzgerald H (In press) Disability and Difference in Schooling and Home. In: Dowling F; Fitzgerald H; Flintoff A Equity and Difference in PE, Sport and Health: A narrative approach. London: Routledge, pp. .
  • Fitzgerald H (In press) Them Special Needs Kids and their Waiters. In: Dowling F; Fitzgerald H; Flintoff A Equity and Difference in PE, Sport and Health: A narrative approach. London: Routledge, pp. .
  • Fitzgerald HF (2013) Disability and Sport Development. In: Hylton K Sport Development: Policy, process and practice. : Routledge, pp. 253-271.
  • Fitzgerald H (2013) Rethinking Inclusion through the Lens of Ethical Education. In: Light R; Harvey S Ethics in Youth Sport: Policy and Pedagogical Applications. London: Routledge, pp. .
  • Flintoff A; Fitzgerald H (2012) Theorizing Difference and Inequality in PE, Youth Sport and Health. In: Dowling F; Fitzgerald H; Flintoff A Equity and Difference in PE, Sport and Health: A narrative approach. London: Routledge, pp. .http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415601498/
  • Fitzgerald H; Stride A; Jobling A (2012) Inclusivity and Research - Capturing the lived experiences of young people with disabilities. In: Moore D; Gorra A; Reaney J; Smith H Disabled Students in Education: Technology, Transition and Inclusivity. London: IGI, pp. .
  • Stride A; Fitzgerald HF (2012) Girls with learning disabilities and football on the brain. In: Caudwell J Women's football in the UK: Continuing with Gender Analyses. London: Routledge, pp. 135-148.
  • Fitzgerald H; Stride A (2011) Young people's narratives of disability and sport. In: Watson B; Harpin J Identities, Cultures and Voices in Leisure, Sport and Tourism. Eastbourne: LSA, pp. .
  • Fitzgerald H (2011) Knowing disability: I'm the alien from outer space. In: Kentel JA Concerning the Education of Children and Youth: The Ethics of Care. London: Peter Lang Publishers, pp. .
  • Fitzgerald H (2011) Disabling Physical Education and Sport. In: Armour K Introduction to Sport Pedagogy for Teachers and Coaches. London: Pearson Education, pp. .
  • Fitzgerald H (2009) Still feeling like a spare piece of luggage? Embodies experiences of (dis)ability in physical education and school sport. In: Bailey RP; Kirk D The Routledge Physical Education Reader. London: Routledge, pp. .
  • Fitzgerald H (2008) Bringing disability into youth sport. In: Fitzgerald H Disability and Youth Sport. Oxon: Routledge, pp. .
  • Fitzgerald H (2008) Are you a 'parasite' researcher? Researching disability and youth sport. In: Fitzgerald H Disability and Youth Sport. Oxon: Routledge, pp. .
  • Fitzgerald H; Jobling A (2008) Future directions in youth sport and disability: development, aspirations and research. In: Fitzgerald H Disability and Youth Sport. Oxon: Routledge, pp. .
  • Fitzgerald H; Kirk D (2008) Physical Education as a Normalising Practice: Is there a space for disability sport?. In: Fitzgerald H Disability and Youth Sport. Oxon: Routledge, pp. .
  • Jobling I; Jobling A; Fitzgerald H (2008) The Inclusion and Exclusion of Athletes with an Intellectual Disability. In: Cashman R; Darcy S Benchmark Games: The Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games. Petersham: Australia Centre for Olympic Studies/Walla Walla Press, pp. .
  • Fitzgerald H; Bass D (2007) Disability, Sport and Exercise. In: Merchant J; Griffin B; Charnock A Sport and Physical Activity: The role of health promotion. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. .
  • Fitzgerald H (2006) Disability and Physical Education. In: Kirk D; Macdonald D; O'Sullivan M The Handbook of Physical Education. London: Sage, pp. .
  • Fitzgerald H; Jobling A (2004) Student Centred Research: Working with Disabled Children. In: Wright J; Burrows L; MacDonald D New Practices, New Subjects and Critical Inquiry: Possibilities and progress. London: Routledge, pp. .

Conference contributions (30)

  • Fitzgerald H (2012) The Paralympics and Models of Disability . UK:
  • Fitzgerald H (2012) Physical Education Futures and the possibilities for inclusion . Ireland:
  • Fitzgerald H (2012) How can sport and exercise pedagogy underpin in the coherent way the fields of PE teaching, sport coaching and physical activity? . UK:
  • Fitzgerald H (2011) Knowing Disability in Community Youth Sport Paris, France 04/07/2011.
  • Fitzgerald HF; Stride A (2011) Extending Physical Education beyond the Curriculum - narratives of girls with learning disabilities UK .
  • Fitzgerald H (2011) Voices of young disabled people and sport . UK:
  • Fitzgerald H (2011) Invited Respondent 'Moving People, Moving Forward' . Ireland:
  • Flintoff A; Fitzgerald H (2011) Researching PESP Futures: (In)Equity and Diversity in physical Education and Sport Pedagogy . UK:
  • Fitzgerald H; Stride A (2011) Narratives of Girlhood, learning disability and sport . USA:
  • Fitzgerald H; Stride A (2011) Narratives of Girlhood, Learning Disability and Sport . USA: AERA.
  • Fitzgerald H; Stride A; Grenier M (2011) PE Futures and the (im)possibilities for inclusive Physical Education . Ireland:
  • Stride A; Fitzgerald H (2011) Extending Physical Education beyond the Curriculum - narratives of girls with learning disabilities Liverpool, UK 06/07/2011. UK:
  • Fitzgerald H (2011) Listening to young disabled people: Their stories about sport . UK:
  • Fitzgerald H (2010) Knowing Disability in Physical Education and Youth Sport Australia 28/11/2010.
  • Fitzgerald H (2010) Boys and masculinities in physical education . UK:
  • Fitzgerald H (2010) Examining the contribution of Sport and Physical Activity to Young People's Well Being . UK:
  • Fitzgerald H; Stride A (2010) Working in partnership to develop after school sport: These projects come and go, it's acronym overload . Australia:
  • Fitzgerald H; Stride A (2010) Young People's Narratives of Family, Sport and Disability . Leeds, UK:
  • Antritsou M; Borkoles E; Fitzgerald HF (2009) Visually Impaired and Blind Athletes Socialization and Motivation to Play Goalball: An exploratory study Gävle, Sweden .
  • Fitzgerald H (2009) Inclusion Confusion: How can we learn from and use drawings from young disabled people Roehampton, UK 10/06/2009.
  • Fitzgerald H; Kirk D (2009) Physical Education as a normalising practice: Is there a space for disability sport? San Diego, California, USA .
  • Fitzgerald H (2009) (In)compatibility: APA disability theory and inclusion .
  • Fitzgerald H (2009) Researching with Young Disabled People . Ireland:
  • Fitzgerald HF (2008) 'Does anyone care? The exclusion of learning disabled athletes and the Paralympics' Leeds, UK .
  • Stride A; Fitzgerald H (2008) Effective Pedagogy: Exploring difference, the intersection of gender and disability in an after school football intervention Chester 02/07/2008. Chester:
  • Fitzgerald H (2008) Connecting Conversations about Inclusive Physical Education San Diego, California, USA .
  • Fitzgerald H; Jobling A (2008) What's the point of this? It makes sense that young people understand research findings Chester .
  • Fitzgerald H; Jobling A; Jobling I (2008) The Problematic of Disability Sport within Physical Education Japan .
  • Fitzgerald H; Kirk D (2007) We get to do Table Cricket no Grass Cricket - is there a place for Disability Sport within Physical Education? London, UK .
  • Flintoff A; Fitzgerald H; Scraton S (2007) Theorising and Researching Difference in PE: The Challenge of Intersectionality . Australia:

Other (5)

  • Dowling F; Fitzgerald H; Flintoff A (In press) Equity and Difference in PE, Sport and Health: A narrative approach
  • Antritsou M; Borkoles E; Fitzgerald H (2009) Visually Impaired and Blind Athletes Socialization and Motivation to Play Goalball: An exploratory study
  • Fitzgerald H (2008) Does anyone Care? The Exclusion of Learning Disabled Athletes and the Paralympics
  • Fitzgerald H (2008) Disability and Youth Sport
  • Fitzgerald H (2008) Are you a parasite researcher? Researching the experiences of young disabled people in physical education

Reports (3)

  • Fitzgerald HF; Stride A; May E (2015) The Football Association's Coaching Disabled Footballers Course: A Study of the CDF Coach Journey. Commissioned by The Football Association (FA) and conducted by Leeds Beckett University..
  • Fitzgerald H (2011) Inclusive Coaching: Disability. Leeds: Sports Coach UK.
  • Fitzgerald H; Lang M (2009) A review of the literature on volunteering, disability and sport. East Midlands: English Federation of Disability Sport.
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