Youth Sport Research

Exploring Youth Sport and PE Experiences

Our multidisciplinary research group seeks to examine the sport and physical education experiences of young people.

A key aspect of our work is to develop theoretical understanding of this area in order to inform and shape current practice within youth sport and school settings.


Academic StaffJob Title
Donna Windard Senior Lecturer
Catherine Thomas    Head of School
Kirsty Bundy Senior Lecturer
Stephen Lynch Associate Lecturer 


Pickerden, Alex and Evans, Donna and Piggott, David (2015) The formation of ‘policy truths’: Foucault and social policy discourse. In: European Sociological Association Conference, 25 - 28 August 2015, Prague. 
Pickerden, Alex and Evans, Donna and Piggott, David (2015) Education policy beyond the Big Society: the paradox of neoliberal governmentality under the coalition government. In: Social Policy Association Conference, 6 - 8 July 2015, Belfast Metropolitan College, Titanic Quarter, Belfast. 
Evans, Adam B. and Bright, Jonathan L. and Brown, Lindsay (2015) Non-disabled secondary school children's lived experiences of a wheelchair basketball programme delivered in the East of England. Sport, Education and Society, 20 (6). pp. 741-761. ISSN 1357-3322
Crust, Lee and McKenna, Jim and Spence, Jon and Thomas, Catherine and Evans, Donna and Bishop, Daniel (2014) The effects of playground markings on the physical self-perceptions of 10-11 year-old school children. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 19 (2). pp. 179-190. ISSN 1740-8989 
Middleton, Geoff and Evans, Adam B. and Keegan, Richard and Bishop, Daniel and Evans, Donna (2014) The importance of parents and teachers as stakeholders in school-based healthy eating programs. In: Health education: parental and educators' perspectives, current practices and needs assessment. Health Care Issues, Costs and Access . NOVA Science Publishers, New York. ISBN 9781629482064
Evans, Donna (2011) New Labour, partnerships and physical education policy. In: Social Policy Association Conference, 4 - 6 July 2011, University of Lincoln.