School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

PhD opportunities

Tony Halkyard

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PhD Student

Following a successful business career as a senior executive within the hospitality and leisure industry, Tony felt it was time for a new direction and incorporating his passion for sport and business, embarked on a Master’s degree in Sport Management at Loughborough and graduated with an MSc in 2013.  Tony is now undertaking a PhD at Loughborough, supervised by Professor Barrie Houlihan and Dr. Joe Piggin. Research interests include sport policy and management; sport development and sustainability, and participation and implementation. In particular the challenges facing small to medium sized Olympic sports and associated governing bodies and sport agencies.

Project information
The political environment of small to medium size Olympic sports in England: An analysis of the scope, power and influence to challenge the trajectory of sport policy

The research objectives are to: 

  • Understand the historical context of contemporary sport policy within which  NGBs, especially small to mid-size NGBs, operate;
  • Ascertain the strategies utilised by selected NGBs to adapt to and operate within a  changing political environment;
  • Explore the interplay between selected NGBs, the government and governmental agencies, that is, Sport England and UK Sport;
  • Assess the capacity of selected NGBs to influence sport policy;
  • Evaluate the explanatory value of selected meso-level theories of the policy process.