Despite widespread belief that sport has a positive impact on people’s lives outside of fitness and physical health, the evidence base for such assertions is surprisingly weak. In Leeds, a partnership between the Universities of Leeds and Huddersfield, the Gorse Academy Trust and the local rowing club has provided an opportunity to explore this issue further. This presentation will discuss the research methods being proposed to deliver a rigorous, scientific evaluation of a local rowing programme.
David Cottrell was appointed Foundation Chair in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Leeds in 1994 and from 2008 -2013 was Dean of Medicine. His research interests are in the evaluation of psychological interventions and child and adolescent mental health services. He has published over 75 peer reviewed scientific articles as well as numerous book chapters, editorials and reviews, and obtained in excess of £9m in external research funding during his career.
He is also a rowing coach and is Chair of Trustees of the Leeds Boathouse, and Vice-Chair of Leeds Rowing Club.