Sports Technology Institute


Mr Benjamin Thompsett MEng (Dist) Sports Engineering, University of Strathclyde, 2013

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Postgraduate Researcher


I graduated from the University of Strathclyde, MEng Sports Engineering course with distinction in 2013. During this time I received a design award for my 4th year project from IED, the project was also selected for a showcase within Glasgow’s The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture. In addition I worked for Dream Climbing Walls ltd, where I developed a range of 200 climbing holds, as well as manufacturing rock climbing walls.

Current interests

My current research is interested in understanding the relationship between football players’ perceptions and football physical properties. This requires performing lab based objective measurements of footballs, as well as obtaining subjective evaluation data from players. This project is a collaboration between the Sports Technology Institute and adidas, which allows me to spend 3 months a year at the adidas HQ in Germany. The overall aim of this study is to further the understanding of the relationship between players’ perceptions and ball physical properties, in order to improve football design from the players’ perspective.

Out of the lab

For as long as I can remember I have played football and this was a great motivator for the PhD itself. However, football is not the only sport I take part in; I also play golf, tennis, run and have a growing interest in powerlifting. Outside of sport I play guitar, enjoy product design and try to visit as many countries as I can!