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Christopher Saward

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)


Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Chris is the Module Leader for Foundations in Sport and Exercise Psychology (Year One) and Introduction to Research (Year One), at undergraduate level.

Career overview

Chris obtained a BSc (Hons) in Sport Science from Brunel University in 2007 and a MSc in Sport Science from Loughborough University in 2008. He was awarded his PhD in 2016 by Nottingham Trent University. He was previously Head of Sport Science at Nottingham Forest FC Academy.

Research areas

Chris is part of the Sport Performance Research Group, within the Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement Research Centre. His research interests lie within the area of talent identification and development in team sports. Applying a multidisciplinary approach to understanding talent and its emergence is a major aim of his research. This includes examining the development of psychosocial, physical, and technical characteristics in young talented team-sport athletes.

Current PhD students:

Mr Martin Foster

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research exist and further information can be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

Sponsors and collaborators

Current and recent research is being conducted with the collaboration, funding and/or support of:


Longitudinal development of match-running performance in elite male youth soccer players. Saward, C., Morris, J.G., Nevill, M.E., Nevill, A. and Sunderland, C. (2016), Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports,26(8), 933-942 DOI: 10.1111/sms.12534.

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