Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 263171
Loughborough University

Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport

Team members

Dr Janine Coates

Lecturer in Qualitative Research Methods

Tel +44 (0)1509 226442

Janine Coates joined the PHC after taking up a post as Lecturer in Qualitative Research Methods for the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University in September 2016.


  • PhD entitled “Let the children have their say: Experiences of children with special education needs in Physical Education” (2010)
  • BSc Psychology and Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University

Membership and involvement with professional bodies / associations

Janine is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the British Educational Research Association.

External positions

Since 2010, Janine has acted as an Honorary Consultant for Think Children, a Nottinghamshire-based children’s charity that provide play-based interventions to primary school children with emerging social, emotional and behavioural needs.

Current Research interests:

Janine’s research employs qualitative methods to better understand the sport and physical activity experiences of children with disabilities, with a particular focus on school settings. More broadly, through engagement with children about their lived experience, her work considers the how inclusive practices for children with disabilities might develop.  Janine has a particular interest in the use of novel methods for engaging children with disabilities in research.
Some of her previous work has considered children with disabilities perceptions about the Paralympic Games, children’s experiences of physical education, inclusive teacher education and behavioural interventions for children with ADHD.

Selected recent publications

Selected recent publications:

  • Coates, J. & Vickerman, P. (2010).  Empowering Children with Special Educational Needs to Speak Up: Experiences of Inclusive Physical Education, Disability and Rehabilitation, 32 (18), 1517–1526
  • Coates, J. (2011). Physically Fit or Physically Literate? Children with Special Educational Needs Understanding of Physical Education, European Physical Education Review, 17(2), 167 – 182
  • Coates, J. (2012). Teaching Inclusively: Are Secondary Physical Education Teachers Sufficiently Prepared to Teach in Inclusive Environments?, Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 17:4, 349-365
  • Coates, J. & Vickerman, P. (2013). A Review of Methodological Strategies for Consulting Children with Special Educational Needs in Physical Education, European Journal of Special Needs Education,  28(3), 333 - 347
  • Coates, J.; Daley, D. & Sayal, K. (2015). The Effectiveness of Parent Training for ADHD Symptoms: A Systematic Literature Review. Journal of Attention Disorders, 19(10), 831-843
  • Coates, J. & Vickerman, P. (2016). Paralympic legacy: exploring the impact of the Games on the perceptions of young people with disabilities. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 33(4), 338-357.