PhD Research Scholarship Performance Analysis in Professional Football School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Applications are invited for the above PhD scholarship. Loughborough University is recognised as the UK’s leading University for sport, receiving a Queen’s Anniversary Prize in this area in 2002. The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences is ranked first in the UK for sport and exercise science research, has excellent teaching ratings, and a strong supportive environment. This fully paid scholarship will be jointly held in collaboration with Leicester City Football Club. Dr Christopher Cushion and his colleagues have extensive experience of working with performance analysis in professional sport.
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This project aims to both deliver and evaluate performance analysis (PA) within a professional sporting setting (Association Football). The research project contains a substantial applied component requiring the post holder to work with coaches and players on a daily basis and will be located in the professional host environment.
The project seeks to gain a greater understanding of the effects of PA on player performance, the coaching process and coach effectiveness. In particular, the effects of PA on player and coach cognitive function and learning over the course of a season will be investigated. The influence of PA on performance and coaching outcomes will also be assessed.
Applicants should be highly motivated and have, or expect to gain, at least an upper second class degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Sport Science, Sports Coaching or a related subject), and have an interest in Football (e.g. an F.A. coaching award, playing or coaching experience). Experience using performance analysis software is desirable though not essential. In addition, applicants should have excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as confidence in computerised data analysis and research methods.
The studentship provides a stipend of £12,940 per annum plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for up to three years.
For general enquiries or an application form please contact Miss Jo Bebb ([email protected]). Alternatively, the research degree application form can be downloaded from http://www.lboro.ac.uk/prospectus/pg/essential/apply/index.htm. Curriculum Vitae will only be accepted if accompanied by the completed University application form and process. The successful candidate will also be required to provide a Disclosure statement (www.crb.gov.uk).
Closing date for applications: 28th January 2009