The dedicated research hub promotes contemporary research in the area of sport and exercise science, provides a central point for research students’ work and aims to attract high-calibre sports science specialists.
“Rather than concentrating on one particular sporting discipline, our work focuses on key research strands including sport and society, sporting performance, coaching and pedagogy, and the correlations between physical activity and health or wellbeing,” said Dr Stewart Cotterill, Head of the Department of Sport and Exercise at the University of Winchester.
Attended by sporting specialists, academics, research students and members of the public, the launch event explored a range of research topics already examined at the University. Topics include a Team GB track cycling case study; the positive effects of exercise on stroke recovery; and an overview of student expectations of undergraduate study in sport.
“The new Centre offers an excellent opportunity to engage local, regional, national and international communities in high-quality impactful research that makes a real difference – not only to the sporting world but also to the global understanding of the complex issues surrounding health and wellbeing,” added Dr Cotterill. “The Centre will provide a point of contact for external collaborators and develop a valuable network of associated staff.”