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PhD Candidate, Institute for Sport Business, Loughborough University

Stan is a doctoral researcher affiliated with the Institute for Sport Business. His PhD project focuses on the effects that government policy and funding is having on primary school sport and more specifically the activity levels of pupils. Stan previously graduated from the MSc. Sport Business and Innovation Programme at Loughborough University with distinction in 2018.

Stan's PhD focuses on primary school physical activity, and aims to offer insight which can be used to steer future government policy around primary school physical education. In particular, his study seeks to introduce meaningful insight into issues with delivering quality physical education and the use of external coaches. By conducting an ethnographic study, Stan will hope to highlight the implications of current government policies within primary schools with the use of rich qualitative data that will help understand the causation of primary school inactivity. In order to make an informed suggestion for policy it is important to understand the environment in which the policy is going to sit. Stan plans to conduct his research throughout a full academic year (2019/20). His research aspires to provide practical and theoretical implications for future policy formation and research within a coaching and educational context. Stan also hopes to suggest a programme for delivering education that is approachable without funding for external coaching.
PhD supervisors

Stan's PhD is supervised by Dr Holly Collison and Professor Aaron Smith.


  • –present
    PhD Researcher , Loughborough University


  • 2019 
    Loughborough Univeristy , MSc Sport Business & Innovation