After finishing my BSc in Sport in Society at Sheffield Hallam University I worked in roles in sport management and sport development. I had particular responsibility for partnership development in the Dearne Valley area and I worked with a range of local and national organisations to set up initiatives to improve participation. This gave me valuable insights into the working of the sport industry and allowed me to explore my career options as well as contemplate further study.
Whilst completing my MA in Sport and Popular Culture at Sheffield Hallam, I worked part time in further education teaching on BTEC level 3 Sports Studies and Sports Science courses. Alongside teaching in college I was responsible for delivering community sport leadership training and Gym Instructor training in a range of community venues. Although I thoroughly enjoyed teaching within further education Colleges I decided I wanted a new challenge that was in keeping with higher level study for a PhD. This led me to move into a career in Higher Education.
I completed my PhD in 2015 'Consuming Football Celebrity: The Global Culture Industry, Interactive Media Resistance'