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Sports Staff Profile

Richard Keys - Head of Department

I have a passion for learning and helping to ensure that students graduate with the best possible chance of gaining employment in their chosen field. From a sporting perspective, I support the mighty Wycombe Wanderers and generally enjoy most team sports.

Liam Toomes - Programme Manager

Liam's background is based in improving athletes’ fitness and physiological performance. His qualifications include an MSc in Sport and Exercise Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education but he is currently undertaking a research PhD.

Liam has previously worked with athletes from the Great Britain Basketball team at the London 2012 Olympics and is a consultant with a number of professional sports clubs.

Adam Brown - Lecturer

Adam has worked in a number of different sports coaching and development roles including coaching for Leicestershire CCC working with all age groups including senior squads. As part of this role he received a Sky Sports Coaching Award for Outstanding Contributions and Services to Coaching.

He is currently Head of Men’s Cricket at the University of Huddersfield. He has also worked with The Rugby Football League as a mentor to the elite young match officials before moving onto work for England Athletics as Club and Coach Support Officer where he was tasked with developing coaches on the Local and National Coach Development Programme as well as working alongside national event leads.

Adam's research interests include specialising in the effect of implicit and explicit performance interventions on athlete learning as well as the impact of coaching behaviour on learner engagement and achievement.

Lee Chapman - Lecturer

Lee's background is in Sport and Exercise Science and Fitness Instruction possessing a MSc in Sport and Exercise Science.. His main subject area is Sports Psychology and the way it impacts on participants in sport and coaching. Lee has worked for Leeds City College since 2007 and also provides nutritional support to a number of professional athletes.

Ruth Tolson - Lecturer

Ruth's background is in teaching Physical Education with a focus on KS4 and 5 examination subjects. Her qualifications include a PGCE in Physical Education and an MA in Teaching and Learning where she focused on using effective questioning within educational settings to enhance learning.

Ruth's research interests are in the use and development of the PE National Curriculum and Creative methods of Engaging more females in Sport.