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Chris Saward

Christopher Saward

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 at undergraduate level and Module Leader for Research Methods at masters 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:

  • Athalie Redwood-Brown
  • Martin Foster
  • David Harrison (second supervisor)

Opportunities arise to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD in the areas identified above. Further information may be obtained on the NTU Research Degrees website

Sponsors and collaborators

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


SAWARD, C., MORRIS, J.G., NEVILL, M.E. and SUNDERLAND, C., 2018. The effect of playing status, maturity status, and playing position on the development of match skills in elite youth football players aged 11–18 years: a mixed-longitudinal study. European Journal of Sport Science. ISSN 1746-1391

SAWARD, C., MORRIS, J.G., NEVILL, M.E., NEVILL, A.M. and SUNDERLAND, C., 2016. Longitudinal development of match-running performance in elite male youth soccer players [forthcoming]. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, 26 (8), pp. 933-942. ISSN 0905-7188

REDWOOD-BROWN, A.J., O'DONOGHUE, P.G., NEVILL, A.M., SAWARD, C., DYER, N. and SUNDERLAND, C., 2018. Effects of situational variables on the physical activity profiles of elite soccer players in different score line states. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. ISSN 0905-7188

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