jim_mckenna

Starting as a PE teacher, Jim moved to take a Graduate Assistant position to study for a higher degree at University of Bristol.  After 18 years there he had become Head of Department, been awarded a Ph.D. and had developed an extensive career in coaching and coach education.  Jim is now Head of the Active Lifestyles research centre, where the main focus is on identifying (i) outcomes resulting from physical activity and (ii) ways of optimising the promotion of physical activity.  His other main work now relates to supporting postgraduates, writing papers and conducting funded research.

2002  PhD (University of Bristol) ‘Applications of the transtheoretical model to mental skills exercises

1993  MPhil (University of Bristol) ‘Locus of control for fitness among secondary school children

1982  PGCE: Madeley College of Higher Education, Madeley, Staffordshire.

1981  B. Hum (Hons), (London). St Mary’s College of Education, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, Middlesex.

Jim has been involved in a three-year evaluation of Premier League Health, which the Football Foundation funded, which delivered health enhancement programmes to hard-to-reach men through professional football clubs.  This has recently concluded (August 2012).  Another newly established project, funded by The Royal British Legion, is evaluating an adventure education and inclusive sport programme for wounded, injured and sick service personnel.