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Professor Kevin Till


About Professor Kevin Till

Kevin Till is Professor of Athletic Development within the Carnegie School of Sport. Kevin leads research and teaching activities combining his academic expertise and practical experiences to enhance applied research and knowledge exchange within sport science, coaching and athletic development. 

Kevin completed his BSc, MSc and PhD at Leeds Beckett University before being appointed as a Lecturer in Sports Coaching in 2012. Since then Kevin has worked as a Senior Lecturer, Reader and received his Professorship in 2018. 

Kevin is currently the co-director of the Carnegie Applied Rugby Research (CARR) centre and the programme lead on the Doctor of Professional Practice in Sport (DProf). He teaches on the MSc Sports Coaching and Strength & Conditioning programmes and supervises numerous PhD students who undertake applied research whilst providing practical support within professional sporting organisations.

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,  Bradford Bulls RLFC and Yorkshire Carnegie RUFC. He now works with as academy S&C coach at  Leeds Rhinos RLFC. He has also provided services to national governing bodies / organisations including the Rugby Football League, Rugby Football Union, the UKSCA, BASES, English Institute of Sport, World Rugby and iCoachKids.

Current Teaching

  • Programme lead for the Doctor of Professional Practice in Sport (DProf Sport)
  • MSc Sports Coaching
  • MSc Strength & Conditioning

Research Interests

Kevin has a strong and extensive research profile in 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.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (130)

Books (2)

Chapters (6)

  • Till K; Emmonds S; Jones B (2019) Talent Identification. In: Lloyd R; Oliver J Strength and Conditioning for Youth Athletes: Science and Practical Aplications. : Routledge, pp. .https://www.routledge.com/Strength-and-Conditioning-for-Young-Athletes-Science-and-Application/Lloyd-Oliver/p/book/9780815361831
  • Till K; Jones BL (2015) Fitness Testing for Rugby. In: Till K; Jones B Science of Sport: Rugby. : , pp. .
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 (49)

  • Mitchell T; Gledhill A; Till K (2019) Perceptions of the talent development environment across English academy football Leicester . Taylor & Francis.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2019.1671688
  • Till K (2019) Combining Research & Practice: The Doctor of Professional Practice in Sport Leeds Beckett University 17/07/2019.
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  • Owen C; Till K; Phibbs P; Read D; Weakley J; Atkinson M; Stokes K; Kemp S; Jones B (2019) Countermovement jump qualities of elite academy rugby union players Washington D.C, USA 10/07/2019. National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA): https://www.nsca.com/education/abstracts/
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  • Nicholson B; Jones B; Dinsdale A; Till K (2019) Relationships between jump and sprint force-velocity profiles and performance Washington DC 10/07/2019. National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).https://www.nsca.com/
  • Heyward O; Mccormack S; Emmonds S; Roe G; Till K; Jones B (2019) Strength and Speed Characteristics of Women's Super League Players Washington D.C. USA 10/07/2019. http://www.eventscribe.com/2019/posters/nsca/home.asp
  • Till K (2019) Advances in Athlete Development Research: Knowledge advances from tracking adolescent rugby league players Prague 03/07/2019.
  • Cobley S; Elferink-Gemser M; Till K (2019) Advances in Athlete Development Research Prague 03/07/2019.
  • Till K (2019) Understanding Talent: How can we help? S&C Solutions for identifying and developing youth athletes. Milton Keynes 14/06/2019.
  • Rongen F; Till K; Mckenna J; Cobley S (2019) 'The neither/nor proposition': A mixed-method evaluation of the impact of a youth soccer academy Melbourne 04/06/2019.
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  • Phibbs P; Read D; Till K; Atkinson M; Williams S; Stokes K; Kemp S; Jones B (2019) Bigger, stronger, faster: The differences in physical qualities between player development group and England academy players in youth rugby union Melbourne, VIC, Australia 04/06/2019.
  • Till K (2019) RAMPAGE: A Framework for enhancing long-term athletic development. Weetwood Hall, Leeds 05/04/2019.
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  • Till K (2019) Who, What, How - Plan, Deliver, Reflect: A Decision-Making Framework for Strength & Conditioning Coaching. Middlesex University 09/03/2019.
  • Till K (2019) Assessing and Evaluating Player Performance and Potential: The Influence of Age. Bisham Abbey .
  • Weakley J; Till K; Banyard H; Mclaren S; Dalton N; Ramirez C; Weaving D; Jones B (2018) Perceptual, metabolic, and neuromuscular responses to 10, 20, and 30% velocity loss thresholds during the barbell back-squat. Perth, Australia 30/11/2018. https://icst2018.com/cms/wp-content/uploads/ICST-2018-Abstract-Book.pdf
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  • Mitchell TO; Ross S; Till K (2018) Player Perceptions Of The Talent Development Environment In Elite English Youth Soccer Academies using the TDEQ-5 Harrogate 27/11/2018.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2018.1521633
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  • Darrall-Jones J; Jones B; Till K (2018) Is Bigger Always Better? The Effect of Body Mass on Physical Characteristics of English Academy Rugby Union Players ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia 09/11/2018.
  • Till K; Emmonds S (2018) Strength and Conditioning for Children and Young People. Leeds .
  • Till K (2018) Monitoring Training Loads and Wellbeing in Children and Young People. Leeds .
  • Rongen F; Till K (2018) Are Talent Identification and Development Systems Appropriate and Healthy? Leeds .
  • Read D; Till K; Dalton-Barron N; Beasley G; Jones B (2018) A comparison of the maximum locomotor intensities in age-grade international and academy rugby union Dublin, Ireland 04/07/2018.
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  • Tee JC; Till K; Jones B (2018) Injury risk in academy level rugby league match play: a single season prospective cohort study Dublin, Ireland 04/07/2018.
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  • Whitehead S; Jones B; Till K; Weaving D; Dalton-Barron N; Ireton M (2018) The duration-specific peak running demands of Academy level rugby league match-play. Dublin 04/07/2018. European College of Sport Science.http://ecss-congress.eu/2018/18/index.php
  • Whitehead S; Jones B; Weaving D; Till K (2017) Running demands of club and international youth rugby league match play Gold Coast, Australia 09/11/2017. Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA).https://www.strengthandconditioning.org/jasc-25-6
  • Till K; Abraham A; Emmonds S; Mitchell TO; North J (2017) Participant and Performer Development in Youth Football Liverpool 31/07/2017.
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  • Phibbs P; Jones B; Till K (2017) Monitoring workloads in collision sports: External load measures alone may not provide the full picture Las Vegas, USA 12/07/2017. http://www.eventscribe.com/2017/posters/NSCA/SplitViewer.asp?PID=MTA5Mjc5ODQzNjk
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  • Read D; Till K; Beasley G; Clarkson M; Heyworth R; Lee J; Jones B (2017) Peak running intensities in rugby union match-play: comparisons to whole match data Las Vegas, NV, USA 12/07/2017.
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  • Neenan C; Sawczuk T; Scantlebury S; Read D; Weakley J; Till K; Emmonds S; Jones B (2017) Changes in sprint and jump height during an academic year in high school adolescent and youth sport athletes Las Vegas, NV, USA 13/07/2017.
  • Till K; Jones B; Lees M; barlow M; brightmore A; O'Hara J; hind K (2015) Six-year changes in body composition of UK professional rugby league players using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry St George's Park, Burton-upon-Trent, UK 01/12/2015. Taylor & Francis: SSH Journals.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2015.1110335
  • Jones BL; O'Hara JP; Till KA; King RFGJ (2013) Post Exercise Hyponatremia in Premiership Rugby Union Players University of Central Lancashire, Carlisle, UK 03/09/2013.
  • Tester E; Till KA; Jones B; Emmonds S; Fahey J; Cooke C (2013) Anthropometric, Fitness and Strength Characteristics of Academy Rugby League Backs and Forwards by Annual-Age Category University of Central Lancashire, Carlisle, UK 03/09/2013.
  • Fahey J; Till KA; Jones B; Tester E; Emmonds S; Cooke C (2013) Speed, Momentum and Peak Power Characteristics of Academy Rugby League Backs and Forwards by Annual-Age Category University of Central Lancashire, Carlisle, UK 03/09/2013.
  • Jones B; Till KA; Tester E; Emmonds S; Fahey J; Cooke C (2013) Seasonal Changes in Anthropometric, Fitness and Strength Characteristics within Academy Rugby League Players University of Central Lancashire, Carlisle, UK 03/09/2013.
  • Emmonds S; Till KA; Tester E; Jones B; Fahey J; Cooke C (2013) The Longitudinal Development of Anthropometric and Fitness Characteristics within Academy Rugby League Players University of Central Lancashire, Carlisle, UK 03/09/2013.
  • Till KA; Emmonds S; Jones B; Tester E; Fahey J; Cooke C (2013) The Longitudinal Development of Strength Characteristics within Academy Rugby League Players University of Central Lancashire, Carlisle, UK 03/09/2013.
  • Rongen F; McKenna J; Till KA; Cobley S (2012) Talent Identification and Development in Sport: A whole person approach to long-term programme impact and effectiveness Etihad Stadium, Manchester, UK 16/11/2012.
  • O'Hara J; Till KA; Brightmore A; Mitchell I; Cummings S; Cooke C (2012) An evaluation of the movement and physiological demands of rugby league referees during match play using global positioning system tracking Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre 19/07/2012.
  • Till K (2012) The Dynamics of Growth and Development in Junior Athletes: Cases that promote individualised long-term mentoring Glasgow, UK 19/07/2012. UK:
  • Till K (2012) A Longitudinal Evaluation of Anthropometric and Fitness Characteristics in Junior Rugby League Players: The need to consider maturation status Glasgow, UK 19/07/2012. UK:
  • Cobley S; Till KA (2012) Secondary Influences on Talent Development: The problems of relative age and maturation Melbourne, Australia 30/06/2012.
  • Cooke CB; Cobley S; Till K; Wattie N (2010) Searching for Sporting Excellence: Talent identification and development Faridabad, Delhi NCR, India 27/09/2010.
  • Till K; O'Hara J; Cobley S; Cooke CB; Chapman C (2009) A longitudinal analysis of anthropometric and physiological characteristics between selection level in high performance junior rugby league Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK 01/09/2009.
  • Till K; O'Hara J; Cobley S; Cooke CB; Chapman C (2009) Physiological characteristics by playing position in high performance UK junior rugby league players Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK 01/09/2009.
  • Till KA; Chapman C; Sykes D; Twist C; O'Hara J; Brewer C (2009) Present research and future research directions in Rugby league Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK 01/09/2009.
  • Till KA; O'Hara J; Cobley S; Cooke C; Chapman C (2009) Can Anthropometric and Physiological Characteristics be useful indicators for Talent Selection in Junior Rugby League? BASES Conference, Leeds Metropolitan University, Sept 1st-3rd. Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK 01/09/2009.
  • Till KA (2009) Maturation - The Usual Suspect: Selection for Performance or Talent Development in Junior Rugby League Leeds, UK 10/03/2009.
  • Till KA; O'Hara J; Cobley S; Cooke C; Chapman C (2009) Physiological Characteristics among Playing Positions in High Performance UK Junior Rugby League Players Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK .
  • Till KA; O'Hara J; Cobley S; Cooke C (2008) Relative Age Effect and Maturational Differences among Playing Positions in High Performance Junior Rugby League Players Brunel University, London, UK 02/09/2008.
  • 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 04/06/2008.
  • Till KA; Cooke C (2007) Effects of Postactivation Potentiation (PAP) on Sprint and Jump Performance in Soccer Players Chichester University 22/05/2007.

Lectures (1)

  • Till K (2019) Training Load and Recovery: Navigating Your Way Through the Athlete Development Maze.

Presentations (2)

  • Till KA (2018) Managing the Whole Child: Balancing Training Load and School Commitments
  • Till KA (2018) Movement Development in Youth Rugby League Players

Reports (4)

  • Lara-Bercial S; Mckenna J; Till K; North J; Emmonds S; Ogilvie P; Mitchell T (2019) UEFA Football in Schools Programme: Literature Review. UEFA.
  • Jones B; Hendricks S; Scantlebury S; Dalton-Barron N; Weaving D; Till K (2019) Match and collision characteristics and exposures across world rugby union. World Rugby.
  • Abraham A; North J; Lyle J; Lara-Bercial S; Norris L; Ashford M; Till K (2019) Expert, Effective and Ethical Coaching: Finding the Line. UK Sport.
  • Morley D; Ogilvie P; Mckenna J; Smith-Daly A; Till KA (2016) Bupa Start to Move: Executive Summary. Youth Sport Trust.https://www.youthsporttrust.org/sites/yst/files/resources/documents/START%20TO%20MOVE-FINAL-LORES.pdf
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