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Louisa joined the University of Huddersfield in 2006 and is currently a Senior Lectuer on the BSc (Hons) Sport, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences courses. She started her employment as a commercial/sales and marketing assistant at Manchester City Football Club, then moved into sports development, working in two local authorities for over 10 years. As part of this employment she was seconded to a Sport England funded post as a voluntary sector development officer. During her time as a sports development officer Louisa was responsible for coach education, talent identification, the development of children’s coaching opportunities and the professionalisation of voluntary sports clubs. These roles involved liaising with a number of key stakeholders including Sport England, Sports Coach UK, PCTs and the Youth Sport Trust.

Since joining the University in 2006, Louisa has acted as Course Leader for the foundation degree and BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching, Sport, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences courses. Louisa is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Louisa is a graduate in Sports Science and has an MA in Child Welfare and Safeguarding.

Louisa is currently undertaking a PhD looking at the impact of physical activity interventions on the health and wellbeing of young people attending a pupil referral unit.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Benefits of exercise and physical activity with vulnerable young people 
  • Effects of masculinity, body image and ethnicity on physical activity participation rates 
  • The impact of specialist sports colleges on improved physical activity levels of secondary school aged children 


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