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About Dr Kevin Till

Kevin Till is a Professor of Athletic Development within the Sports Coaching Group in the Carnegie School of Sport at Leeds Beckett University. Kevin contributes to research, PhD supervision, teaching and project management combining his academic expertise with his practical experience to enhance applied research within the fields of athletic development, 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 athletic 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 Applied Rugby Research (CARR) project, which is aimed at developing evidence based practice within adolescent rugby union players in conjunction with the local rugby clubs and national governing bodies. 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
  • Programme Leader - Doctor of Professional Practice in Sport
  • MSc Sports Coaching - The Developing Talented Performer
  • MSc Strength & Conditioning - Strength & Conditioning Practice

Research Interests

Kevin has a strong research profile in relation to athletic 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 Applied Rugby Research (CARR) project, which is aimed at developing evidence based practice within adolescent rugby union players in conjunction with the local rugby clubs and national governing bodies. 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'.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (103)

Books (1)

  • Till K; Jones B ed. (2015) Science of Sport: Rugby. . The Crowood Press.

Chapters (5)

  • Till K; Jones BL (2015) Fitness Testing for Rugby. In: Till K; Jones B Science of Sport: Rugby. : , pp. .
  • Rongen F; McKenna; Till K; Cobley S (2015) Talent identification and development: The Impact on athlete health?. In: Baker J; Safai P; Fraser-Thomas J Health and elite sport: Is elite sport a healthy pursuit?. London: Routledge, pp. 33-51.
  • Till KA; Morley D; Cobley S; Cupples B; O'Connor D (2015) Talent Identification and Development. In: Till K; Jones B The Science of Sport: Rugby. Marlborough: Crowood Press, pp. 139-150.
  • Cobley S; Miller P; Till KA; Mckenna J (2012) The good and the bad of youth sport today. What about the unforeseen ethical issues?. In: Harvey S; Light RL Ethics in Youth Sport: Policy and pedagogical applications. : Routledge, pp. .
  • Till K; Chapman C; Cobley S; O'Hara JP; Cooke CB (2011) Talent Identification, Selection and Development in UK Junior Rugby League: An evolving process. In: Baker JC; Schorer J Talent Identification and Development in Sport International Perspectives. : Routledge, pp. 106-118.

Conference contributions (5)

  • Till K; Abraham A; Emmonds S; Mitchell TO; North J (2017) Participant and Performer Development in Youth Football Liverpool 20170731. : .
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  • Till K (2012) The Dynamics of Growth and Development in Junior Athletes: Cases that promote individualised long-term mentoring Glasgow, UK 20120719. UK: .
  • Cobley S; Till KA (2012) Secondary Influences on Talent Development: The problems of relative age and maturation Melbourne, Australia 20120630. : .
  • Till KA; O'Hara J; Cobley S; Cooke C; Chapman C (2008) Maturation-the usual suspect!: RAE prevalence in the performance pathway of UK Junior Rugby League Niagara Falls, Canada 20080604. : .
  • Till KA; Cooke C (2007) Effects of Postactivation Potentiation (PAP) on Sprint and Jump Performance in Soccer Players Chichester University 20070522. : .
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