About our partnership with Team GB
The University’s partnership with Team GB was announced in January 2019 and includes the Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024 Olympic Games, and the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games. The partnership is borne out of a synergy between the University’s ambitions and values, and those of Team GB, and is built on the belief that there is the extraordinary in everyone. The partnership has gone from strength to strength, and we have recently announced double Olympic Champion, Max Whitlock, as our new ambassador as part of our two-year anniversary celebrations.
Find out more about our partnership with Team GB.
About this project
Retirement from sport is an extremely significant ‘hot topic’ in contemporary sports research and is an area of huge importance to Team GB. Very little is understood about the lives of retired athletes, including how their experiences of elite sport will govern their lives after being a competitive athlete. This research aims to fill the gaps in this area and to provide critical knowledge that can be used to support athletes’ careers and well-being in their life beyond sport.
Using a socio-cultural poststructuralist lens, the successful candidate will use an in-depth qualitative approach in the form of semi-structured interviews with retired athletes and, significantly, will consider the role of current and/or retired coaches. Whilst based primarily in the department of Sport, Health and Exercise Science at the University of Hull, you will work with a variety of stakeholders and partners to conduct your research and analyse your findings.
This unique project will place you at the forefront of contemporary research into an extremely timely and current topic. You will help Team GB better understand how elite sport can positively influence competitors’ lives after retirement and also the challenges they face. Crucially, the aim is for your research is to inform and shape support provision for athletes both in the years preceding and post retirement.
Find out more at our webinar
To find out more about the Team GB PhD projects and to hear direct from Team GB and the personal supervisors you can register to attend a webinar on Wednesday 12 May at 6 pm. This is your opportunity to ask questions and also to find out more from your potential future supervisors. Register to attend here.