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Darren Nolan

PhD Student

About Research Media

Darren completed his Undergraduate degree at home in Ireland, graduating from the University of Limerick in 2015 with BSc in Sport and Exercise Science.

Following graduation, he was accepted on to the MSc in Applied Sport Psychology degree programme at St Mary's University, Twickenham. Submitted in September 2016, his research dissertation focused on coach-athlete relationships in elite track and field athletics.

Darren joined St Mary's as a PhD student in October 2016.


"Enhancing the psychological and social development of primary school children through a Premier League Football "Life Skills" programme".

Darren's PhD, in association with Crystal Palace Football Club Foundation, is focused on psychosocial development in primary school children. He is working to evaluate the current primary schools programme provided by CPFCF, with a view to constructing a conceptual coaching model to teach 'life skills' to children within the programme.

Darren also contributes to teaching within the Education, Theology and Leadership Department, along with coaching sessions within various CPFCF programmes.

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Areas of expertise: Childhood development in PE, sport and exercise

Darren is researching the development of life skills through PE in collaboration with the Palace for Life Foundation, the official charitable foundation of Crystal Palace Football Club.

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