First annual HE Sport Research Conference a success

Last week our HE students held their first ever Research Conference at the Honeywell Sports Village.

Staff and students had the opportunity to speak with our HE Sport students and find out more about their dissertations and research projects.

Students presented a wide variety of research topics within Sport including disability football, mental health and how sport can be used to relieve exam pressure.

Coaching and Sports Development student Alex Sawyer said: “It’s been a brilliant opportunity for everyone to showcase their different ideas.

“It’s interesting to see how people perceive sport and it’s great to see people shine a light on aspects of sport that are less focused on.”

Alex presented his research linked to the marketing of disability football.

BA (Hons) Sport, Physical Education and Health student Hannah Robinson said: “It’s been a good opportunity to explore other research methods students are using to get an idea of how they used their data analysis. Seeing how other people are doing their research is a great way to learn.”

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Hannah’s research focuses on how physical exercise can help with exam pressure.


Dan Connolly, Sport Higher Education Pathway leader, added: “We are proud to have held our first ever research conference. It’s been a great day and a great experience for our Higher Education students.

“The feedback they’ve received from staff and fellow students will hopefully help them improve their dissertations and research projects moving forward.”

Are you interested in studying HE Sport at Barnsley College? For more information on the sports courses we offer visit, email or call 01226 216 123.




Football League Referee returns to College to give talk to students

Professional Referee Darren England gave an insightful presentation to students today.

Darren, a former student at the College, detailed his journey and shared some advice for our sport students.

Darren opened up on what it takes to pursue a career in sport.

He said: “People see the success, but they don’t see the dedication and work it takes.

“To get where you want to be takes commitment, there will be disappointments along the way, but just keep going and working hard and you’ll get there.”


Darren also gave some advice to aspiring referees, which he highlighted was a tough but rewarding profession.

“Stay focused. There will be games where you are not happy with your performance and others aren’t happy too.

“But stick with it, because the rewards you get far outweigh the lows. Refereeing in the biggest stadiums in the world is the next best view to being a footballer.”


Our Sports Academy runs a unique academy which offers young referees the chance to combine education and officiating.

You can find out more about our sport courses and Referee Academy in the link provided: