Funded MSc by Research: Connacht Rugby Player Retention and Volunteer Recruitment Research Programme

Monday, September 23, 2019

The successful candidate will support a project funded by the Lifes2good Foundation in conjunction with Connacht Rugby.

Data on youth rugby players in the province of Connacht suggest that dropout is particularly severe between the ages of 16 and 20 years. Continued participation in sport at this age is viewed as an important avenue to promote physical, mental and social health. Decisions about sport participation arise from the complex interaction of a broad range of factors. Although some of these factors are likely to underpin continued participation irrespective of context (e.g., enjoyment; quality relationships), context-specific investigations are required to identify the specific barriers to and sources of support for continued participation. The project will examine ways in which Connacht Rugby could support the underage player pathway to better facilitate the playing experience, reduce drop out and ultimately see more players continuing to adulthood as participants in rugby at all levels.

Essential Criteria

•Bachelor’s degree in a health science field (2.1 award or higher).

•Evidence of excellent communication skills. 

•Evidence of excellent organisational skills.

•Evidence of excellent IT skills.

•Car owner and full driving license.

Desirable Criteria

•Evidence of research report writing.

•Evidence of experience using qualitative research methods, particularly in relation to focus groups.

•Coaching experience within a youth sport context.

•Demonstrated experience of working effectively in a research team as well as independently.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

For further information please contact Dr Philip Kearney, email

Additional information on the project, including a detailed description, the terms of the award, and guidance on how to apply, is available here

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