HART and the School of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Lincoln hosted the British Sociological Association Sport Study Group Postgraduate Forum on 1 September. The event was organised by Ms Rachel Williams (former PhD student, HART researcher), Dr Elizabeth Stamp (former PhD student, MTOUGH/HART researcher), Mr Gareth McNarry (PhD student, HART), and Ms Bethan Sullivan (research student, HART). Dr Nikolas Dickerson, Senior Lecturer in Sport Sociology, gave the keynote talk which focused on ‘popcorn’ patriotism and US cultural politics.
The key session themes cohered around: embodiment, identity and the senses; integrated care, exercise and weight loss; sport development and coaching; health and physical activity; and gender and the media. A wide range of topics and methodological approaches was discussed, including Dr Alex Blackett of Lincoln, who presented on creating a high-performance coach identity when ‘fast-tracked’ into a post-athletic coaching career in men’s association football and rugby union. Ms Stacey Mitchell, a former research student in HART and currently a Regional Golf Development Officer, also gave an inspiring talk on women’s golf and life beyond postgraduate study. Our thanks to the organising team and all the presenters and attendees, who made such a success of the Forum.