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Sport and Exercise Sciences

Prof David Richardson

Prof David Richardson

Telephone: 0000 8605


Professor Dave Richardson is the Director of the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at LJMU. He plays a key leadership role in the delivery of academic, financial and people management of the School. Dave has been employed as a lecturer in the School since January 1995 undertaking numerous organisational and managerial positions during his academic tenure. Dave's academic lens is coloured by an appreciation of the socio-cultural and psycho-social context of applied practice. Dave's primary research interest concerns the management, development and welfare of elite athletes. Specifically, this research incorporates aspects of athlete transitions, identity and critical moments within and out of sport. Typically, this research explores environmental, organisational, leadership and cultural themes that impact the strategic and operational aspects of an organisations approach to athlete development. This research tends to be qualitative in nature and represented through the utilisation of traditional qualitative analysis and/or the utilization of creative non-fiction narratives to capture and illuminate observations of applied practice. Dave's research in socio-cultural and psycho-social aspects of athlete and/or practitioner existence is not confined to performance sport as he has developed a reputation as a leading authority in football health and, in particular, football in the community (FitC). This work utilises the power of football as a vehicle for positive behavioural change. Dave is in a uniquely privileged position of being able to publish and practice extensively in both of these domains. His publications and conference presentations reflect the strategic, operational, cultural, social and psychological development of practice within both the high performance environments and community health agencies. These publications reflect the humanistic understanding of the person (including the player, athlete, practitioner and other significant development stakeholders), their personal history and the context of the situation and environment within which they exist. More recently, Dave has been known for his contribution as an academic contributor to the Leaders in Performance professional journal.


Journal article

Domville M, Watson P, Richardson D, Graves LEF. 2019. Children’s perceptions of factors that influence PE enjoyment: A qualitative investigation Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 24 :207-219 >DOI >Public Url

Chapman R, Richardson D, Cope E, Cronin C. 2019. Learning from the past; a Freirean analysis of FA coach education since 1967 Sport, Education and Society, :1-17 >DOI >Public Url

Morley D, Van Rossum T, Richardson D, Foweather L. 2018. Expert recommendations for the design of a children’s movement competence assessment tool for use by primary school teachers European Physical Education Review, >DOI >Public Url

Dowling C, Reeves MJ, Littlewood MA, Nesti M, Richardson D. 2018. Developing individuals whilst managing teams: perspectives of under 21 coaches within English Premier League football Soccer and Society, :1-16 >DOI >Public Url

Domville MS, Watson P, Richardson D, Graves LEF. 2018. Educator perspectives on factors influencing children’s school-based physical activity Health Promotion International, >DOI >Public Url

Finnegan L, McArdle J, Littlewood M, Richardson D. 2018. Somewhat united: primary stakeholder perspectives of the governance of schoolboy football in Ireland Managing Sport and Leisure, 23 :48-69 >DOI >Public Url

Van Rossum T, Foweather L, Richardson DJ, Hayes S, Morley D. 2018. Primary teachers’ recommendations for the development of a teacher-oriented movement assessment tool for 4-7 year children Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, >DOI >Public Url

mcdougall M, nesti M, Richardson D, Littlewood M. 2017. Emphasising the culture in culture change: Examining current perspectives of culture and offering some alternative ones Sport and Exercise Psychology Review, 13 :47-59

Devaney DJ, Nesti MS, Ronkainen NJ, Littlewood M, Richardson D. 2017. Athlete Lifestyle Support of Elite Youth Cricketers: An Ethnography of Player Concerns Within a National Talent Development Program Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, :1-21 >DOI >Public Url

Hulton AT, Flower D, Murphy R, Richardson D, Drust B, Curran K. 2016. Effectiveness of a community football programme on improving physiological markers of health in a hard-to-reach male population: the role of exercise intensity Soccer and Society, 17 :196-208 >DOI >Public Url

O'Halloran L, Littlewood MA, Richardson D, Tod D, Nesti MS. 2016. Doing descriptive phenomenological data collection in sport psychology research Sport in Society, >DOI >Public Url

Curran K, Drust B, Murphy RC, Pringle AR, Richardson DJ. 2016. The challenge and impact of engaging hard-to-reach populations in regular physical activity and health behaviors. An examination of an English Premier League Football in the Community Men’s Health programme Public Health, 135 :14-22 >DOI >Public Url

Parnell D, Pringle A, McKenna J, Zwolinsky S, Rutherford Z, Hargreaves J, Trotter L, Rigby M, Richardson D. 2015. Reaching older people with PA delivered in football clubs: the reach, adoption and implementation characteristics of the Extra Time Programme BMC PUBLIC HEALTH, 15 >DOI >Link

McDougall M, Nesti M, Richardson D. 2015. The Challenges of Sport Psychology Delivery in Elite and Professional Sport: Reflections From Experienced Sport Psychologists SPORT PSYCHOLOGIST, 29 :265-277 >DOI >Link >Public Url

Curran K, Drust B, Richardson D. 2014. ’I just want to watch the match’: a practitioner’s reflective account of men’s health themed match day events at an English Premier League football club Soccer and Society, 15 :919-933 >DOI >Public Url

Bingham DD, Parnell D, Curran K, Jones R, Richardson D. 2014. Fit Fans: perspectives of a practitioner and understanding participant health needs within a health promotion programme for older men delivered within an English Premier League Football Club. Soccer and Society, 20 :883-901 >DOI >Public Url

Mitchell T, Richardson D, Nesti M, Eubank M, Midgley A, Littlewood M. 2014. Athletic Identity in Elite Level English Youth Football:A Cross Sectional Approach Journal of Sports Sciences, >DOI

Curran K, Bingham DD, Richardson D, Parnell D. 2014. Ethnographic engagement from within a Football in the Community programme at an English Premier League football club Soccer and Society, 15 :934-950 >DOI >Public Url


Trotter L, Parnell D, Richardson D. 2012. An economic analysis of extra time: A football oriented community programme using social return on investment (SROI) JOURNAL OF AGING AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, 20 :S306-S307 >Link

Curran KM, Drust B, Flower D, Richardson D. 2011. Kicking the Habit: A Biopsychosocial Account of Engaging Men recovering from Drug Misuse in Recreational Football

Relvas H, Nesti M, Littlewood M, Gilbourne D, Richardson D. 2010. Organisational Structures and Working Practices in Elite European Professional Football Clubs European Sport Management Quarterly, 10 :165-187

Relvas H, Littlewood M, Nesti M, Gilbourne D, Richardson D. 2010. Organizational Structures and Working Practices in Elite European Professional Football Clubs: Understanding the Relationship between Youth and Professional Domains EUROPEAN SPORT MANAGEMENT QUARTERLY, 10 :165-187 >DOI >Link


Fullick S, Grindey C, Edwards B, Morris C, Reilly T, Richardson D, Waterhouse J, Atkinson G. 2009. Relationships between leisure-time energy expenditure and individual coping strategies for shift-work. Ergonomics, 52 :448-455 >DOI >Link

Stratton G, Ridgers ND, Fairclough SJ, Richardson DJ. 2007. Physical activity levels of normal-weight and overweight girls and boys during primary school recess. Obesity (Silver Spring), 15 :1513-1519 >DOI >Link

Butcher Z, Fairclough S, Stratton G, Richardson D. 2007. The effect of feedback and information on children's pedometer step counts at school. Pediatr Exerc Sci, 19 :29-38 >Link

Ridgers ND, Stratton G, Clark E, Fairclough SJ, Richardson DJ. 2006. Day-to-day and seasonal variability of physical activity during school recess. Prev Med, 42 :372-374 >DOI >Link

Gilbourne D, Richardson D. 2006. Tales from the field: personal reflections on the provision of psychological support in professional soccer Psychology of Sport and Exercise, :325-337 >DOI

Gilbourne D, Richardson D. 2006. Tales from the field: personal reflections on the provision of psychological support in professional soccer Psychology of Sport and Exercise, :325-337 >DOI

Gilbourne D, Richardson D. 2005. A practitioner focused approach to the provision of psychological support in soccer: Adopting action research themes and processes Journal of Sports Sciences, 23 :651-658 >DOI

Richardson D, Gilbourne D, Littlewood M. 2004. Developing support mechanisms for elite young players in a professional soccer academy: Creative reflections in action research European Sport Management Quarterly, 4 :195-214 >DOI

Stratton G, Reilly T, Williams AM, Richardson D. 2004. Youth soccer: From Science to Performance Youth Soccer: From Science to Performance, :1-216 >DOI

Richardson DJ, Nevill AM, Cumberbatch DI. 2000. Investigation of the seasonal birth distribution of World Cup footballers (1982-98) Journal of Sports Sciences, 18 :516

Richardson D, Stratton G. 1999. Preliminary investigation of the seasonal birth distribution of England World Cup campaign players Journal of Sports Sciences, 10 :821-822

Littlewood M, Mullen C, Richardson D. Football labour migration: an examination of the player recruitment strategies of the ‘big five’ European football leagues 2004–5 to 2008–9 Soccer and Society, 12 :788-805 >DOI

Parnell D, Stratton, G , Drust B, Richardson D. Football in the Community Schemes: exploring the Effectiveness of an Intervention in Promoting Healthful Behaviour Change Soccer & Society, 14 >DOI

Richardson D, Littlewood M, Nesti M, Benstead L. An Examination of the Migratory Transition of Elite Young European Soccer Players to the English Premier League Journal of Sports Sciences, >DOI

Finnegan L, Richardson D, Littlewood M, McArdle J. The influence of date and place of birth on youth player selection to a National Football Association elite development programme Science and Medicine in Football, >DOI >Public Url

Conference publication

Domville M, Watson P, Richardson D, Graves L. 2018. A qualitative investigation of factors that influence children's enjoyment of physical education JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY & HEALTH, 15 :S121-S121 >Link

van Rossum T, Morley D, Richardson D, Foweather L. 2017. A Delphi poll investigation to establish the content of a teacher-oriented assessment of children's fundamental movement skills JOURNAL OF SPORT & EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY, 39 :S100-S100 >Link

Pringle AR, Parnell D, Zwolinsky S, James M, Rutherford Z, Hargreaves J, Richardson D, Trotter E, Rigby M. 2015. Engaging Older Adults With Physical-Activity Delivered In Professional Soccer Clubs: Initial Pre-Adoption And Implementation Characteristics MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 47 :517-517 >DOI >Link


Scott GR, Irish J. 2013. Introduction Anthropological Perspectives on Tooth Morphology: Genetics, Evolution, Variation Cambridge University Press 978-1-107-01145-8

Papadimitriou L, Tzioumakis Y. 2011. Introduction Papadimitriou L, Tzioumakis Y. Greek Cinema: Texts, Histories, Identities :9-14 Intellect/ University of Chicago Press 9781841504339

Williams AM, Ford PR, Richardson D. 2008. The key to the World Cup: environmental influences on the development of expertise in football Science and Sports: Bridging the Gap :48-59 World Commission of Science and Sports:. Maastricht

Reilly T, Williams AM, Richardson D. 2003. Identifying talented players Reilly T, Williams AM. Science and soccer :307-326 Psychology Press 9780415262316

Knowles ZR, Borrie Z. 2003. Coaching Science and Soccer Reilly T, Williams AM. Science and soccer :187-198 9780415262323

Relvas H, Littlewood M, Gilbourne D, Richardson D. Youth development structures, philosophy and working mechanisms of top-level football clubs: a pan-European perspective Reilly T, Korkusuz F. Science and Football VI: The Proceedings of the Sixth World Congress on Science and Football :476-481 Taylor and Francis. London

Reilly T, Williams AM, Richardson D. Talent identification and development in football Fisher R, Bailey R. Perspectives: The Multidisciplinary Series of Physical Education and Sports Science. Talent Identification and Development – The Search for Sporting Excellence :183-199 International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education. Berlin

Littlewood MA, Richardson D. Sociological and Cultural Influences on Elite Player Development Williams AM. Science and Soccer


Stratton G, Reilly T, Williams AM, Richardson D. 2004. Youth soccer Psychology Press 9780415286626