Monthly Archives: January 2018

Developing A Fitness Mentor Scheme for Lincolnshire Police

The School has partnered with Lincolnshire Police to develop an innovative project that will support the wellbeing of their staff through the introduction of fitness mentors. Dr Hannah Henderson, Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Health, has been instrumental in the development of the scheme and will be providing ongoing support. She said, “It is fantastic to see Lincolnshire Police putting the wellbeing of their staff at the forefront of their thinking. The physical and mental health of a work force is so important and the introduction of the fitness mentors demonstrates the commitment Lincolnshire Police are making to improve the wellbeing of their staff.”

“It has been an exciting opportunity to develop further partnerships between the University and the Police and by using researchers like myself, we can help to create real impact.”

Support for the mentors is also being provided by YMCA Lincolnshire and their Head of Teaching, Trevor Mealing, who graduated from the School’s BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science programme. The YMCA will be delivering a Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training course for the mentors. Trevor said, “It’s an honour to work with an organisation taking such a proactive stance in not just the physical, but also the mental wellbeing of staff. It will be hugely rewarding to see the impact within the Force and within the community.”

Hannah (extreme right) and Trevor (fifth from right) at the scheme’s launch.

Congratulations to Hannah and Trevor, and we look forward to hearing how the scheme progresses. Full details can be found on the Lincolnshire Police website.

The School’s Use of Blog Sites for Student Development Showcased

The Lincoln Academy of Learning and Teaching (LALT) has showcased a project run by Kirsty Bundy, Senior Lecturer in Physical Education, as an example of innovative pedagogical practice shared via the LALT blog. Kirsty’s students update individual blog sites that cover all their teaching-related modules, facilitating regular reflection on their learning and the development of their teaching practice. Additionally, the blog contents help inform Kirsty’s support of the students through the personal tutoring system.

Full details of the project – which uses the WordPress platform – can be found on the LALT Blog.

The School’s Graduates Forging Successful Careers in Football

Two of the School’s graduates have recently received news coverage for their fantastic football-related work. Emily Hill (BSc (Hons) Sport Development & Coaching, MSc by Research in Sport & Physical Education) is a UEFA B Licence Coach and Coaching & PE Lecturer at UCFB Wembley, and she was interviewed by Kick It Out for their Women Working in Football series. Emily discussed how her passion for the game led has led – via Lincoln – to career projects at both the professional and grass-roots levels.

Emily Hill is a UEFA B Coach and Lecturer at UCFB Wembley. [Photo:] 

Callum Lester (BSc (Hons) Sport Development & Coaching) has progressed through grass-roots coaching in the Grimsby area to become Professional Development Phase Coach at Grimsby Town FC’s Academy, and secured funding from the prestigious Erasmus+ programme to spend time at four Spanish clubs, including three from La Liga. In an interview with The Grimsby Telegraph, Callum talked about the opportunities for discussion of player development that the visits presented.

Callum Lester has worked in a number of roles at Grimsby Town’s Academy. [Photos: Grimsby Telegraph] 

These stories prompted the School’s staff to start to compile a list of our graduates who we know have embarked on careers in football. We are very proud of all of them, as we are of the numerous current students and graduates who make regular contributions to the sport as volunteers in many different ways. The list is certainly far from complete, so please let us know about any additions/correction that are needed (and apologies for the original omissions!). If you are working in other sports/industries please also let us know what you are currently up to – we’d love to hear from you (and have formed a LinkedIn group for all our graduates).

School of Sport & Exercise Science graduates working in football (in no particular order):

Jake Kemp (@jkempy91)
FA Grassroots Delivery Coordinator & Youth Football Coach

Dave Fox
Football Development Manager, Lincoln City FC SET

Sophie Bartup (@SophieLFA)
Football Development Officer, Lincolnshire FA

Michelle Marshall (@LfaMichelle)
Football Development Officer (Disability), Lincolnshire FA

Linzi Hewitt (@LinziLFA)
Head of Football Development, Lincolnshire FA

Leanne Woodhead (@leanne_woodhead)
Senior Football Development Officer, Nottinghamshire FA

Adam Housley (@adam_housley1)
First Team Opposition Analyst, Huddersfield Town AFC

Nick Benett (@NBanalystTHFC)
Analyst, Tottenham Hotspur FC

Calum Johnson
Assistant First Team Analyst, Tottenham Hotspur FC

Callum Lester (@callumrlester)
Professional Development Phase Coach, Grimsby Town FC

Ritchie Bates (@batesritchie)
Commercial Director, Lincoln City FC

Melissa Poole (@melissaaapoole)
VIP Hostess, Lincoln City FC

Emily Hill (@emhill_88)
UCFB Lecturer, FA Coach Mentor, UEFA B Licence Coach

Luke Cooper
Lead Academy Sport Scientist, Sheffield Wednesday FC

Harry Jamieson (@HarryJamieson_)
Head Performance Analyst, Scunthorpe United FC

Mark O’Leary (@moleary88)
Lead Youth Development Phase Coach, Lincoln City FC

Kieran Walker (@KieranWalker95)
Sport massage therapist and sport scientist, Lincoln City FC

Marc Roberts (@Robbo_4)
Professional footballer, Birmingham City FC

Stephen Collins
Academy Assistant Football Analyst, Arsenal FC

Sophie Barker (@sophbarker)
Professional footballer, Doncaster Rovers Belles & UEFA B Coach

Toby Ellis (@iCoach4Sport)
Statistician, Lincoln City FC

Matt Page (@iCoach4Sport)
Statistician, Lincoln City FC

Matt Dye (@matt_dye)
Foundation Phase Lead Coach, Peterborough United FC

Jade Elson (@JadeyE91)
Assistant Football Development Officer (Participation),
Sheffield & Hallamshire FA.

Pete Allison (@PeteAllison)
Disability Football Development Officer, East Riding FA

Tom Weal (@wealy23)
Academy Goalkeeping Coach, Nottingham Forest FC

Paul Harsley (@paulhars)
U23 Coach, Barnsley FC