Matthew is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Pedagogy and Development, Programme Leader for the MSc in Sport Coaching, and a doctoral researcher in the School of Sport & Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University.
Matthew is also responsible for leading the internationalisation of the sport coaching suite of programmes in collaborations between universities in China and the USA.
Prior to joining LJMU, Matthew worked as the scouting and opposition performance analyst for Blackburn Rovers FC. He has 8 years project management experience, managing and coordinating numerous funded research projects.
Matthew’s research has varied in focus, though he has recently conducted a number of studies directly related to and affecting talent identification and development practices in junior-elite football. However, he has previously managed large-scale international projects, such as the review and report for UNESCO’s meeting of ministers, which informed the Berlin Declaration for implementation across the 195 member states of the United Nations.
Matthew has worked in a range of settings and environments, from grassroots to elite sport. His doctoral research is examining talent identification in football across a range of European clubs and with a range of stakeholders. He is a member of the Football Exchange within the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences.
2011, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PGCLTHE
2010, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, MA (Distinction)
2008, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, BA (Hons)
Reeves MJ, Enright K, Dowling J, Roberts S. 2017. Stakeholder’s understanding and perceptions of bio-banding in junior-elite football training Soccer & Society,
Lewis CJ, Reeves MJ, Roberts SJ. 2017. Improving the physical and mental well-being of typically hard-to-reach men: an investigation of the impact of the Active Rovers project Sport in Society, 20 :258-268 >DOI
Parnell D, Buxton S, Hewitt D, Reeves MJ, Cope E, Bailey R. 2016. The pursuit of lifelong participation: the role of professional football clubs in the delivery of physical education and school sport in England Soccer and Society, 17 :225-241 >DOI
Reeves MJ, Bailey RP. 2016. The effects of physical activity on children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a review Education 3-13, 44 :591-603 >DOI
Cope E, Parnell D, Reeves MJ, MacFadyen T. 2015. A critical debate on provision of Primary Physical Education: the English context Journal of Sport Science & Physical Education, 68 :56-62
Roberts SJ, Reeves MJ, Ryrie A. 2014. The influence of physical activity, sport and exercise motives among UK based university students Journal of Further & Higher Education, >DOI
Reeves MJ, Roberts SJ. 2013. Perceptions of Performance Analysis in Elite Youth Football International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 1 :200-211
Reeves MJ, Bailey RP. 2011. The nature and function of sport pedagogy: Review of published English-language work 2010-2011 International Journal of Physical Education, 4 :1-9
Reeves MJ. 2010. The nature and function of sport pedagogy: Review of published English-language work 2012-2013 International Journal of Physical Education, L :2-6
Reeves MJ, Roberts S, McRobert A, Littlewood M. Factors Affecting the Identification of Talented Junior-Elite Footballers: A case study Soccer and Society,
Dowling C, Roberts S, McRobert A, Littlewood M, Reeves MJ. A scoping review of the potential psychological predictors of talent junior-elite football: 2000-2016 Soccer and Society,
Conference Publication (journal proceedings)
Reeves MJ, Enright K, Roberts S. 2017. Stakeholder’s Understanding and Perceptions of Bio-Banding in Junior-Elite Football Training World Conference on Science and Soccer
Whitehead AE, Morley DM, Quayle L, Reeves M, Ryrie A. 2016. How the UK population are using technology to engage in Sport and or Physical Activity http://naspspa.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/2016-NASPSPA-Abstract-Supplement-6-13-16.pdf, NASPSPA >Link
Ryrie A, Cullinane D, Roberts S, Reeves MJ. 2015. Empowering self-directed learning in undergraduate students: A case study for sport coach education 10th ICCE Global Coach Conference
Reeves MJ. 2013. Quick Reviews: Generating robust findings on the cheap Faculty Research Conference
Ryrie A, Roberts SJ, Reeves MJ. 2011. Developing pedagogy and practice: supporting and assessing sports coaching students with electronic technologies SEDA Annual Conference 2011: Using Technology to Enhance Learning
Morley D, Reeves M. Can we assess physical literacy? If so, what, when and how do we assess it? National Coaching Conference
Reeves MJ. The 2 Cultures of Sport Blundell ME. Sports policy factors leading to international sporting success (SPLISS)
Bailey R, Cope E, Parnell D, Reeves MJ. 2016. The human capital model: Realising the benefits of sport and physical activity Sport, Education and Social Policy: The State of the Social Sciences of Sport :135-159 9781315404851 >DOI
Blundell M, Richards K, Roberts S, McIlroy D, Reeves MJ. 2014. Measuring women and girls sport behaviour and attitude change in Bury :1-75
Bailey RP, Reeves MJ. 2013. Research into social and economic benefits of sport and physical activity Research into social and economic benefits of sport and physical activity
Reeves MJ. 2011. Coach Learning and Development: A Review of the Literature Coach Learning and Development: A Review of the Literature
Reeves MJ. 2011. Adults' Socially Orientated Participation in Sport Adults' Socially Orientated Participation in Sport
Bailey RP, Leigh J, Reeves MJ, Pearce G, Sharrock R, Cope E, Dismore H, Quarmby T, Doughty L, Peacock S. 2011. National Impact Evaluation of the Gifted and Talented Physical Education and Sport Programme: Final Report National Impact Evaluation of the Gifted and Talented Physical Education and Sport Programme: Final Report
Belo F, Sanchez D, Reeves MJ. Individual Learning Objectives: What's the focus? Individual Learning Objectives: What's the focus?
Reeves MJ, Enright KJ, Dowling J, Roberts S. An Exploratory Analysis of Bio-banding Pre-Season Training in Junior-elite Football Exploring stakeholder perceptions of the use of bio-banding during a six week pre-season period.
Engagement & Impact
Conference name: Bridging Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy:Commonalities, concerns and shared issues. Developing synergies to enhance children’s experiences of PE and sport, Position: Co-organiser, URL: https://www.bera.ac.uk/event/bridging-physical-education-and-sport-pedagogy
Fellowship title: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Organisation: The Higher Education Academy
Company: Manchester County Football Association, Position or project: Insight and Research Advisor
Company: Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education, Position or project: External Examiner
Membership of professional bodies:
Licensed football players' agent, The Football Association
Member of the Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity, The Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity
Other invited event:
Title of event: Validation BA (Hons) Physical Education and Sport Coaching, Location: University of Sunderland, Description: Validation of new undergraduate programme. Acted as external academic panel member.
Title of event: Validation FdA & BA (Hons) Sport Development & Coaching, Location: University of Bolton, Description: Validation of FdA and BA (Hons) top up degree for Barnet & Southgate partner college
Title of event: Validation BA (Hons) Physical Education & Sport, Location: Southampton Solent University, Description: Validation of new undergraduate programme. Acted as external academic panel member.
Title of event: MA PE & Sport Pedagogy Validation, Location: University of Bedfordshire, Description: Acting as an external panel member of the validation panel for the PE & Sport Pedagogy Masters programme at the University of Bedfordshire.
Research Grants Awarded:
LJMU FREE Fund, Verbal reporting in professional football, Matthew J Reeves & Alistair McRobert, Grant value (£): £28,000, Duration of research project: 9 months
British Council, UK Football Study Programme for Yunnan Province, China, Grant value (£): 120,000.00, Duration of research project: 3 months
Sports Coach UK, Coaching & new technology, Grant value (£): 12,000, Duration of research project: 8 months
Youth Sport Trust, Move 2 Improve, Grant value (£): 48,000, Duration of research project: 3 years
Liverpool City Council, Women Get Active, Grant value (£): 9,000, Duration of research project: 3 years
Bury Council / Sport England, The measurement of women and girls sport behaviour and attitude change in Bury, Kaye Richards, Matthew Reeves, Simon Roberts, Grant value (£): 96,000, Duration of research project: 18 Months
Title of qualification gained: PGCert Learning & Teaching in Higher Education