Liverpool Skylilne

Sport Studies Leisure and Nutrition

Katie Fitton Davies


I am a PhD student at Liverpool John Moores University. For my PhD project, I am looking at the development and use of a qualitative method for exploring self-determined motivation in 5-7 year old children. This is within a wider project called SAMPLE-PE, where this is the psychological component of a motor competence cluster intervention within primary physical education.




2016, Bangor University, United Kingdom, MSc
2010, Bangor University, United Kingdom, BSc


Journal article

Whitehead A, Umeh F, Brockett C, Westerbeek H, Powling E, Fitton Davies K, Rudd J. 2020. Motivational differences between 5K, half marathon and full marathon participants in the UK and India. Managing Sport and Leisure, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Rudd J, Crotti M, Fitton Davies K, O'Callaghan L, Bardid F, Utesh T, Roberts S, Boddy L, Knowles Z, Foulkes J, Watson P, Pesce C, Button C, Lubans D, Buszard T, Walsh B, Foweather L. 2020. Skill Acquisition Methods Fostering Physical Literacy in Early-Physical Education (SAMPLE-PE): Rationale and Study Protocol for a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial in 5–6-Year-Old Children From Deprived Areas of North West England Frontiers in Psychology, DOI Author Url Public Url


Fitton Davies K, Watson P, Rudd J, Bardid F, Knowles Z, Roberts S, Foweather L. 2019. Development, face and content validity of a novel qualitative tool to measure young children's motivation for physical education FEPSAC

Fitton Davies K, Watson P, Rudd J, Bardid F, Knowles Z, Roberts S, Foweather L. 2019. Development of a novel qualitative method to measure young children’s motivation for physical education: draw, write, show and tell.

Fitton Davies K, Rudd J, Watson P, Bardid F, Knowles Z, Noonan R, Foweather L. 2018. Exploring self-determination in children aged 5-7 years: A feasibility study. Celebration of Women in Research

Conference publication

Fitton Davies K. Development of a qualitative methodology to examine self-determination in 5-7 year old children: SAMPLE-PE Project Power of Sport

Engagement & Impact


Young Researcher Award (poster), FEPSAC. 2019