Professor Cox is a widely recognised industry global technical expert and has a track record of developing the testing and standards for improving the performance and quality of sport surfaces and sporting venues.
He advises and provides technical support to a range of international and domestic sport’s governing bodies, including UEFA, RFL and England Netball.
Prof Cox has also contributed to the development of standards by FIFA and World Rugby and has a role as Facilities & Quality Programme Manager for the FIH. He works closely with Sport England and the sport surface industry’s trade associations in the UK, Europe, and globally.
He is heavily involved in the UK and European BS EN standards’ committees and leading the industry’s response to new EC regulations for synthetic sports surfaces and their impact on the environment.
Professor Cox joins the University’s Sport Surfaces Research Group led by Professor Paul Fleming and Dr Steph Forrester at a significant time as this major global industry looks to make a step-change into more innovative and sustainable sport surface systems and related infrastructure.
Commenting on his appointment, Professor Cox said: “I am excited by the opportunity to contribute to Loughborough’s renowned research team over the next few years. We share the same passion and a similar vision for the research and innovations required to develop the very best sustainable sport surfaces for future generations to safely enjoy around the world.”
Professor Fleming added: “We are very thrilled by this appointment. Professor Cox’s broad role at Loughborough will help shape and support the growth of our research capabilities through strategic and impactful research and enterprise proposals, helping mobilise his global networks to support funding bids and further raising the group’s profile on the global stage.
“He will also contribute to our UG and PG taught modules (e.g. Sports Technology BEng & MSc, new for 2022), student research dissertations, and mentoring of our PGR and RA staff”.
For more information on Loughborough’s Sport Surfaces Research Group, click HERE.