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Sport and Exercise Sciences

Dr Lawrence Foweather

Dr Lawrence Foweather

Telephone: 0151 231 4152

Biography

Lawrence is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity, Exercise and Health in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences. He is a member of the Physical Activity Exchange within the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences.

His on-going research interests include developing interventions and policy actions to promote physical activity and sport participation, whilst his work has a particular focus on children and families, as well as physical literacy (including fundamental movement skills) and sport for health strands. Lawrence has significant experience of working on local (e.g. A-CLASS Project, Liverpool Active City, REACH, Active Play, SmokeFree Sports), national (Youth Sport Trust: Move 2 Improve; Sport Wales: Dragon Challenge) and European (AFRESH: Activity and Food for Regional Economies Supporting Health) projects and regularly collaborates with public, private and third-sector organisations, in particular, schools, as part of his research.

Degrees

2014, Liverpool John Moores University, UK, Postgraduate Certificate Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
2010, Liverpool John Moores University, UK, PhD in Fundamental Movement Skills, Physical Activity and Psychological Well-being Among 9-10 Year old Children
2005, Loughborough University, UK, MSc Physical Activity and Health
2002, De Montfort University, UK, BSc Sports Studies

Publications

Highlighted publications

Foulkes JD, Knowles Z, Fairclough SJ, Stratton G, O'Dwyer M, Ridgers N, Foweather L. 2017. Effect of a 6-Week Active Play Intervention on Fundamental Movement Skill Competence of Preschool Children Perceptual and Motor Skills, >DOI

McGee CE, Trigwell J, Fairclough SJ, Murphy RC, Porcellato L, Ussher M, Foweather L. 2016. Effect of a sport-for-health intervention (SmokeFree Sports) on smoking-related intentions and cognitions among 9-10 year old primary school children: a controlled trial BMC PUBLIC HEALTH, 16 >DOI >Link

Foulkes J, Stratton G, O Dwyer MV, Knowles ZR, Ridgers ND, Foweather LF. 2015. Fundamental Movement Skills of Preschool Children in Northwest England Perceptual and Motor Skills, >DOI

McGee CE, Trigwell J, Fairclough SJ, Murphy RC, Porcellato L, Ussher M, Foweather L. 2015. Influence of family and friend smoking on intentions to smoke and smoking-related attitudes and refusal self-efficacy among 9-10 year old children from deprived neighbourhoods: a cross-sectional study. BMC public health, 15 :225-225

Trigwell J, McGee CE, Murphy RC, Porcellato LA, Ussher M, Garnham-Lee K, Knowles ZR, Foweather L. 2015. Process evaluation of a sport-for-health intervention to prevent smoking amongst primary school children: SmokeFree Sports BMC PUBLIC HEALTH, 15 >DOI >Link

Foweather L, Knowles Z, Ridgers N, O Dwyer MV, Foulkes J, Stratton G. 2014. Fundamental Movement Skills in relation to weekday and weekend physical activity in preschool children Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport,

Journal article

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

Boddy LM, Cunningham C, Fairclough SJ, Murphy MH, Breslin G, Foweather L, Dagger RM, Graves LE, Hopkins ND, Stratton G. 2018. Individual calibration of accelerometers in children and their health-related implications Journal of Sports Sciences, 36 :1340-1345 >DOI

Foulkes JD, Knowles Z, Fairclough SJ, Stratton G, O'Dwyer M, Ridgers N, Foweather L. 2017. Effect of a 6-Week Active Play Intervention on Fundamental Movement Skill Competence of Preschool Children Perceptual and Motor Skills, >DOI

Buchan DS, Boddy LM, Grace FM, Brown E, Sculthorpe N, Cunningham C, Murphy MH, Dagger R, Foweather L, Graves LEF, Hopkins ND, Stratton G, Baker JS. 2016. Utility of three anthropometric indices in assessing the cardiometabolic risk profile in children AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN BIOLOGY,

McGee CE, Trigwell J, Fairclough SJ, Murphy RC, Porcellato L, Ussher M, Foweather L. 2016. Effect of a sport-for-health intervention (SmokeFree Sports) on smoking-related intentions and cognitions among 9-10 year old primary school children: a controlled trial BMC PUBLIC HEALTH, 16 >DOI >Link

Garnham-Lee K, Trigwell J, McGee C, Knowles Z, Foweather L. 2016. Impact and acceptability of the coach and teacher training within a school-based sport-for-health smoking prevention intervention: SmokeFree Sports Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse,

Fussenich LM, Boddy LM, Green DJ, Graves LEF, Foweather L, Dagger RM, McWhannell N, Henaghan J, Ridgers ND, Stratton G, Hopkins ND. 2016. Physical activity guidelines and cardiovascular risk in children: a cross-sectional analysis to determine whether 60 minutes is enough BMC Public Health, >DOI

Foulkes J, Stratton G, O Dwyer MV, Knowles ZR, Ridgers ND, Foweather LF. 2015. Fundamental Movement Skills of Preschool Children in Northwest England Perceptual and Motor Skills, >DOI

McGee CE, Trigwell J, Fairclough SJ, Murphy RC, Porcellato L, Ussher M, Foweather L. 2015. Influence of family and friend smoking on intentions to smoke and smoking-related attitudes and refusal self-efficacy among 9-10 year old children from deprived neighbourhoods: a cross-sectional study. BMC public health, 15 :225-225

Trigwell J, McGee CE, Murphy RC, Porcellato LA, Ussher M, Garnham-Lee K, Knowles ZR, Foweather L. 2015. Process evaluation of a sport-for-health intervention to prevent smoking amongst primary school children: SmokeFree Sports BMC PUBLIC HEALTH, 15 >DOI >Link

O'Dwyer MV, Foweather L, Fairclough SJ, Knowles ZR, Ridgers ND, Stratton G. 2014. Patterns of objectively measured moderate-to-vigorous physical activity in preschool children Journal of Physical Activity and Health,

Trigwell J, McGee C, Casstles H, Murphy R, Porcellato L, Ussher M, Foweather L. 2014. Preventing smoking among nine to ten year-old children using a novel school-based physical activity intervention: Overview of SmokeFree Sports Education and Health, 32 :93-102

Trigwell J, McGee C, Casstles H, Murphy RC, Porcellato L, Ussher M, Foweather L. 2014. Preventing smoking among nine to ten-year-old children using a novel school-based physical activity intervention: Overview of SmokeFree Sports. Education and Health,, 3 :93-102

Romeo-Velilla M, Benyon C, Murphy RC, McGee C, Hilland T, Parnell D, Stratton G, Foweather L. 2014. Formative Evaluation of a UK community-based sports intervention to prevent smoking among children and young people: SmokeFree Sports Journal of Sport for Development, 3

Houghton L, O'Dwyer M, Foweather L, Watson PM, Alford S, Knowles Z. 2014. Benefits of daddy play Early Years Educator, 16 :28-30 >DOI

Foweather L, Knowles Z, Ridgers N, O Dwyer MV, Foulkes J, Stratton G. 2014. Fundamental Movement Skills in relation to weekday and weekend physical activity in preschool children Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport,

O Dwyer MV, Fairclough SJ, Ridgers ND, Knowles ZR, Foweather L, Stratton G. 2014. Patterns of Objectively Measured Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity in Preschool Children Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 11 :1233-1238

Boddy LM, Murphy MH, Cunningham C, Breslin G, Foweather L, Gobbi R, Graves LEF, Hopkins ND, Auth MKH, Stratton G. 2014. Physical activity, cardiorespiratory fitness and clustered cardiometabolic risk ion 10-12 year old schoolchildren: The REACH Y6 study American Journal of Human Biology, >DOI

Ramirez-Rico E, Hilland TA, Foweather L, Fernández-Garcia E, Fairclough SJ. 2014. Weekday and weekend patterns of physical activity and sedentary time among Liverpool and Madrid youth. Eur J Sport Sci, 14 :287-293 >DOI >Link

Graves LEF, Batterham AM, Foweather L, Mcwhannell N, Hopkins ND, Boddy LM, Gobbi R, Stratton G. 2013. Scaling of peak oxygen uptake in children: A comparison of three body size index models Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 45 :2341-2345 >DOI

O Dwyer M, Fairclough S, Ridgers ND, Knowles ZR, Foweather L, Stratton G. 2013. Effect of a school-based active play intervention on sedentary time and physical activity in preschool children Health Education Research, >DOI

O'Dwyer MV, Foweather L, Stratton G, Ridgers ND. 2011. Physical activity in non-overweight and overweight UK preschool children: Preliminary findings and methods of the Active Play Project SCIENCE & SPORTS, 26 :345-349 >DOI >Link

Ridgers ND, Graves LEF, Foweather L, Stratton G. 2010. Examining influences on boy's and girls' physical activity patterns: the A-CLASS project. Pediatr Exerc Sci, 22 :638-650 >Link

Henaghan J, McWhannell N, Foweather L, Cable NT, Batterham AM, Stratton G, George KP. 2008. The effect of structured exercise classes and a lifestyle intervention on cardiovascular risk factors in primary schoolchildren: an exploratory trial (The A-CLASS Project). Pediatr Exerc Sci, 20 :169-180 >Link

Foweather L, McWhannell N, Henaghan J, Lees A, Stratton G, Batterham AM. 2008. Effect of a 9-wk. after-school multiskills club on fundamental movement skill proficiency in 8- to 9-yr.-old children: an exploratory trial. Percept Mot Skills, 106 :745-754 >DOI >Link

McWhannell N, Henaghan JL, Foweather L, Doran DA, Batterham AM, Reilly T, Stratton G. 2008. The effect of a 9-week physical activity programme on bone and body composition of children aged 10-11 years: an exploratory trial. Int J Sports Med, 29 :941-947 >DOI >Link

McWhannell N, Foweather L, Graves L, Henaghan J, Ridgers N, Stratton G. From Surveillance to Intervention: Overview and Baseline Findings for the Active City of Liverpool Active Schools and SportsLinx (A-CLASS) Project International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, >DOI

Houghton L, O Dwyer MV, Foweather L, Watson P, Alford S, Knowles ZR. An impact and feasibility evaluation of a six-week (nine hour) active play intervention on fathers’ engagement with their preschool children Early Child Development and Care, >DOI

Konidari A, Auth MKH, Murphy MH, Cuningham C, Foweather L, Gobbi R, Graves LEF, Hopkins ND, Stratton G, Boddy LM. Assessment of biochemical liver markers, physical activity, fitness and body mass index for a cardiometabolic risk model in childhood Acta Paediatrica, >DOI

Murphy RC. Training sports coaches to tackle tobacco: formative evaluation of the SmokeFree Sports campaign. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, >DOI

Houston EL, Baker JS, Buchan DS, Stratton G, Fairclough SJ, Foweather L, Gobbi R, Graves LEF, Hopkins ND, Boddy LM. Cardiorespiratory fitness predicts clustered cardiometabolic risk in 10-11.9 year olds European Journal of Pediatrics,

Ridgers ND, Stratton G, Foweather L, Henaghan J, McWhannell N, Stone MR. The Active City of Liverpool, Active Schools and SportsLinx (A-CLASS) Project. Education and Health: a quarterly journal, 24 :26-29 >Link

Report

Foweather L, McGee C, Trigwell J. 2014. SmokeFree Sports 2012-13: Final Project Report

Albert S, Boulier F, Denker K, De Steur H, Foweather L, Gellynck H, Melis K, Nyakayiru J, Schlicht W, Thurn J. AFRESH Solutions: A Joint Action Plan for Health

Chapters

O Dwyer MV, Knowles Z, Fairclough SJ, Foweather L, Stratton G, Ridgers ND. 2011. The effect of a 6 week school based active play intervention on pre-school physical activity and sedentary behaviour International Symposium of the European Group of Pediatric Work Physiology, September, 2011 :149-153 9780203852026 >DOI

Foweather L. 2009. Physical self-perceptions in non-overweight and overweight boys and girls Jürimäe T, Armstrong N, Jürimäe J. Children and Excercise XXIV: The Proceedings of the 24th Pediatric Work Physiology Meeting :55-58 Routledge. Oxon 9781134057511 >Link

Conference publication

Stodden DF, Barnett L, Goodway JD, Foweather L. 2010. The path may not be straight: Overview JOURNAL OF SPORT & EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY, 32 :S13-S14 >Link

Foweather L, Graves LEF, Ridgers ND, Stratton G. 2010. A longitudinal examination of the influence of fundamental movement skill competence, maturation, physical self-perceptions, and physical activity on body fat in children JOURNAL OF SPORT & EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY, 32 :S14-S15 >Link

Hopkins ND, Stratton G, Ridgers N, Graves LEF, Foweather L, Boddy LM, Gobbi R, Cable NT, Green DJ. Associations between sedentary behaviour, cardiometabolic biomarkers and vascular health in children ACSM

Engagement & Impact

Award:

Innovation Partner of the Year: Start to Move Assessment, Youth Sport Trust, https://storify.com/YouthSportTrust/yst-2018-conference

Impact Award 2017: The Physical Activity Exchange: Global Active Cities for delivering change through shaping and influencing policy, practice and guidelines, Liverpool John Moores University

Young Investigator Award, European Congress of Sports Science

Conference organisation:

Physical Activity Exchange Seminar Series: “Children’s Physical Activity”, Chair

SmokeFree Sports Research Seminar 2013, Chair

Official post-congress satellite of the 20th European Congress of Obesity: “AFRESH approaches to childhood obesity: enterprise, innovation and action”, Chair

AFRESH Solutions for a Healthy Lifestyle: From innovation to implementation, Chair

SmokeFree Sports Research Seminar 2012

Physical activity and sedentary behaviour interventions for children and young people: From robust research to reality in practice

A-CLASS Project Research Findings Seminar

External committees:

UK and EIRE Motor Competence Network, UK and EIRE Motor Competence Network, Co-Chair

External PGR examinations performed:

Dalhousie University, MSc thesis, Does Children’s Physical Literacy Mediate the Relationship Between Age and Sedentary Behaviour?

Coventry University, PhD, Physical activity levels and fundamental movement skills in British preschool children

University of Huddersfield, Progression viva, The Impact of Physical Activity Interventions on the Development of Young People Attending a Special Education Unit

Edge Hill University, MRES, The effects of internal and external focus of attention on the development of FMS

Edge Hill University, Proposal viva, WestLancs Children's Physical Activity Interventions

Edge Hill University, Progression viva, Systematic Review of School-Based Physical Activity Interventions in Adolescent Girls

Bangor University, PhD, Development and Evaluation of a Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Behaviour Change Intervention targeting 3-4 Year Old Children at School, Extending to the Home

Oxford Brookes University, PhD, The Impact of Exercise in Children and Adolescents with Movement Impairment

Fellowships:

Endeavour Research Fellowship, Australian Government Department for Education

Other invited event:

Day of Discovery, London, Hosted by Discovery Education UK

Movement skills: Fundamental to physical activity behaviour?, Edge Hill University, Faculty of Education invited talk

Promoting physical activity in young children: Active Play in the UK, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Movement skills in young children: durable or rare?

Nudge or nurture: The effect of afterschool clubs or a behaviour modification programme on children’s skill, body fat, physical activity and psychol, University of Wollongong, Invited talk

Physical activity-related interventions in children and young people: Commentary and lessons learned, University of Central Lancashire, with Prof Stuart Fairclough and Dr Lynne Boddy at BASES annual conference

Physical literacy and play, Swansea University, Children’s play: participation and purpose conference

I knew it was dangerous, but I never knew it was that dangerous: The effect of a school-based physical activity intervention to prevent smoking among, University of Wollongong, Endeavour Research Fellowship Invited talk

How skilful are UK children and why does physical competence matter?, University of Newcastle (Australia), Endeavour Research Fellowship invited talk

Fundamental movement skills and physical activity in children from North West England., University of Wollongong, Endeavour Research Fellowship invited talk

Perspectives from an academic – Why is evaluation important?, Lancashire Cricket Club, Everybody Active Everyday: Moving at Scale – PHE Evaluation Workshops

North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Annual Conference, Tucson, Arizona, USA, Invited symposia: A longitudinal examination of the influence of fundamental movement skill competence, maturation, physical self-perceptions, and physical activity on body fat in children.

Research Grants Awarded:

Australian Government Department for Education, Endeavour Research Fellowship, Grant value (£): $20000

Liverpool City Council, SmokeFree Sports Project Resources, Grant value (£): 35000

Liverpool Primary Care Trust, SmokeFree Sports Community Feasibility Study, Grant value (£): 90,000, Duration of research project: 11 months

Liverpool Primary Care Trust, SmokeFree Sports school-based interventions, Grant value (£): 150,000, Duration of research project: 2 years

Liverpool John Moores University, Matched-funded PhD application for Jonathan Foulkes: Fundamental Movement Skills, Physical Activity and Obesity from Early to Late Childhood, Grant value (£): 9,964

Sport Wales, Dragon Challenge: Phase 1, Grant value (£): 28,595

Sport Wales, Dragon Challenge: Phase 2, Grant value (£): 30,815

Youth Sports Trust, Global Movement Concept, Grant value (£): 48,796