Alexander Powell

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Biography

Alex joined Newman in August 2007, having previously worked at the University of Wolverhampton and in Education and Youth Services. Following the completion of an MSc in Physical Education and Sports Science, Alex completed his PhD at the University of Leicester, titled ‘Mental Toughness and its Development in Rugby Union: Utilising Ecological Systems Theory’. Whilst researching this, he has worked with and interviewed; Rugby World Cup Winning Coaches and Players, British Lions coaches and players and Premiership players. Following the interviews, the findings were used to inform a season long intervention at an England RFU Premiership academy.

Alex is a Level 3 RFU certified Coach and a Senior RFU Coach Educator and Assessor. These applied experiences and continued study has enabled Alex to contribute national and internationally to coach education programmes. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Profile

Research Interests

  • Mental toughness and its development
  • Rugby coaching practice
  • Coach education and development
  • Physical education pedagogy and school-based activity.

Teaching

  • Practical research skills
  • Pedagogy of physical education (undergraduate Level 4)
  • Coaching pedagogy and practice (undergraduate Levels 5 and 6)
  • Qualitative research methods (undergraduate Level 5)
  • Developing young people & athletes through sport (undergraduate Level 6)
  • Bridging module top-up

Other Activities

Membership of Professional Organisations

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS)

Publications

Powell, E., Woodfield, L., Powell, A., Nevill, A. (2020) Assessing the wider implementation of the SHARP Principles: Increasing physical activity in primary physical education. Sports, 8(6). doi:10.3390/sports8010006 file://staff/XL/MORR205/Downloads/sports-08-00006.pdf

Powell, E., Woodfield, L.A., Nevill, A.M., Powell, A.J. and Myers, T.D. (2018) ‘We have to wait in a queue for our turn quite a bit’ Examining children’s physical activity during primary physical education lessons. European Physical Education Review, p.1356336X18785343.

Powell, E., Woodfield, L., Powell, A., Nevill, A. and Myers, T. (2018) Evaluation of a Walking-Track Intervention to Increase Children’s Physical Activity during Primary School Break Times. Children, 5(10), p.135.​

Powell, A.J., & Myers, T.D. (2017). Developing Mental Toughness: Lessons from Paralympians. Frontiers in Psychology. 8:1270. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01270

Conference Addresses and Papers

Powell, A.J., & Myers, T.D. (2020). Conceptualising Mental Toughness in Paralympic Sports. Research Seminar Series, University of Exeter, 11th March.

Powell, A.J. (2019). Development of Mental Toughness in Paralympians. National Competitive Coaching Science Conference, Wingate Institute, the National Institute for Excellence in Sport and the Ministry of Culture and Sport, Tel-Aviv, Israel, 18th December. Oral Presentation (Keynote).

Powell, A.J. (2019). Conceptualisation of Mental Toughness in Paralympians. National Competitive Coaching Science Conference, Wingate Institute, the National Institute for Excellence in Sport and the Ministry of Culture and Sport, Tel-Aviv, Israel, 17th December. Oral Presentation (Keynote).

Powell, A.J. (2019). Development of Mental Toughness in Rugby Union. Coach Education, Harlequins RFC, Surrey Sports Park, Surrey University, 23rd January. Oral Presentation.

Powell, E., Woodfield, L.A., Powell, A. and Nevill, A.M. (2019) Increasing the quality of primary physical education through targeting children’s MVPA and high repetition of skills: The SHARP Principles Intervention.  BHF funded Motor Competence in childhood: the forgotten pathway to improved cardiovascular health conference, Coventry University 20th June. Oral Presentation.

Powell, A.J. (2018). Mental Toughness and its development in Rugby Union, differences across performance levels. ‘Boot Room’ Coach Education, Leeds Carnegie & Rhinos, Headingly Stadium, Leeds, 29th August. Oral Presentation.

Powell, A.J., & Myers, T.D. (2018). Mental Toughness in Rugby Union. 23rd Congress European College of Sports Science, Dublin, Ireland, 4th-7th July.

Powell, A.J. (2016). Developing Mental Toughness in Rugby Union. North Midlands Coaching Conference, Bromsgrove, 4th September. Oral Presentation.

Powell, E., Woodfield, L.A., Nevill, A.M., & Powell, A.J. (2016). Increasing physical Activity Levels in Primary School Physical Education: The SHARP Principles Model. 21st Congress European College of Sports Science, Vienna, Austria, 6th-9th July.

Powell, A.J., & Myers, T.D. (2016). Mental Toughness in Paralympic Athletes. 21st Congress
European College of Sports Science, Vienna, Austria, 6th-9th July.

Powell, A.J., & Myers, T.D. (2015). Mental Toughness in Elite Muay Thai Fighters. 20th Congress European College of Sports Science, Malmo, Sweden, 23rd-26 June.

Powell, A.J., & Myers, T.D. (2013). Mental Toughness in an RFU England Rugby Academy. 18th
Congress European College of Sports Science, Barcelona, Spain, 26th-29th June.