Professor Hayley Fitzgerald, Professor

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.

Professor Hayley Fitzgerald, Professor

Selected Outputs

  • 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 ed. Disabled Students in Education: Technology, Transition and Inclusivity. London: IGI,

  • Fitzgerald H (2011) Disabling Physical Education and Sport. In: Armour K ed. Introduction to Sport Pedagogy for Teachers and Coaches. London: Pearson Education,

  • Fitzgerald H (2011) Knowing disability: I'm the alien from outer space. In: Kentel JA ed. Concerning the Education of Children and Youth: The Ethics of Care. London: Peter Lang Publishers,

  • Fitzgerald H; Stride A (2011) Young people's narratives of disability and sport. In: Watson B; Harpin J ed. Identities, Cultures and Voices in Leisure, Sport and Tourism. Eastbourne: LSA,

  • Fitzgerald H (2011) Inclusive Coaching: Disability [Online]. Leeds: Sports Coach UK.

  • Fitzgerald H; Lang M (2009) A review of the literature on volunteering, disability and sport [Online]. East Midlands: English Federation of Disability Sport.

  • Dowling F; Fitzgerald H; Flintoff A (2012) Equity and Difference in Physical Education, Youth Sport and Health: A Narrative Approach. London: Routledge.

  • Long JA; Fitzgerald H; Millward P (2011) Delivering Equality in Sport and Leisure. Eastbourne: Leisure Studies Association.

  • Fitzgerald H (2008) Disability and youth sport.