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 he is now studying for his doctorate at the University of Leicester; exploring the development of Mental Toughness in Paralympians and other elite athletes. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), as well as a Coach Educator and Assessor for the Rugby Football Union (RFU).
Current Administrative Duties
- Provides strategic leadership and management of Newman Sport
- Responsible for income generation and extending the range of partners, external individuals and agencies to deliver shared objectives.
- Representative for the British University and College Sport (BUCS), Senior Managers Network.
In addition to exploring the phenomena of Mental Toughness in elite athletes, Alex has focused on implementing and assessing a psychological intervention aimed at developing Mental Toughness in elite professional rugby clubs. He is also part of a research team investigating an intervention to increase children’s physical activity in primary school PE lessons.
Membership of Professional Organisations
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
- Member of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS)
Conference Addresses and Papers
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.
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. (2016). Mental Toughness in Paralympic Athletes. 21st Congress
European College of Sports Science, Vienna, Austria, 6th-9th July.
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. (2017). Developing Mental Toughness: Lessons from Paralympians. Frontiers in Psychology. 8:1270. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01270
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, 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, A.J., & Myers, T.D. (2018). Mental Toughness in Rugby Union. 23rd Congress European College of Sports Science, Dublin, Ireland, 4th-7th July.