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Fully Funded Lions Sports Academy PhD Scholarship: Evaluating the Effectiveness of a School-Based Development Programme on Childrens Experiences, Physical and Technical Abilities During Rugby Participation

Swansea University - Sport and Exercise Sciences

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Swansea
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,000 This scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees and an annual stipend. There will be additional funds available for conference attendance.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 12th April 2021
Closes: 18th June 2021

This scholarship is funded by the Lions Sports Academy. 

Subject areas: Sport Science, Sport Coaching 

Lions Sports Academy was founded to help children and young adults realise their potential through sport. This is achieved by working with schools and sports organisations to deliver physical development and sports coaching programmes, in an attempt to improve the abilities and confidence of young people when playing sport. This includes the Lions Sports Academy’s ‘Rugby Tackling Programme’, which specifically introduces techniques related to tackling, rucking and mauling, and is delivered alongside physical coaching and monitoring. 

This PhD programme is aimed at understanding the effectiveness of the school-based programmes delivered by the Lions Sports Academy. Specifically, it will evaluate the impact the tackling programme has on the contact skills of the children involved and qualitatively explore how the programme influences their experiences and enjoyment of contact-based rugby practice.   

We are looking to appoint a highly motivated PhD student, who is passionate about youth rugby and willing to immerse themselves in the applied research environment. The ideal candidate will be competent in both qualitative and quantitative data collection and be qualified to deliver and report on the outcomes of a long-term, high-quality coaching programme, as part of the Lions Sports Academy team.   


Candidates should hold a minimum of an upper second class (2:1) honours degree (or its equivalent) and ideally a master's in a relevant discipline.  

We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements (IELTS 6.5 overall with 5.5+ in each component) to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit – 

Please visit our website for more information on eligibility. 

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