Dr David Haycock

Senior Lecturer in Sport Development and Management

Research Group and Institute

  • Sport, Work & Health Research Group


David Haycock is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Development and Management in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity. He lecturers at undergraduate level across our sports development, management and coaching programmes. David also contributes to postgraduate provision as a Module Leader for two modules as part of the MSc Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health and via his supervision of MSc and PhD projects.

He joined Edge Hill in 2016 having previously worked at the University (2012-2014) while also studying for PhD (2015) at the University of Chester. While studying at the University of Chester, David also completed his MSc in Sociology of Sport and BSc in Sport and Exercise Sciences.


David’s research focuses on the links between sport, leisure, physical activity and health, and the implications for sport and education policy from a sociological perspective.

He has published a range of peer-reviewed articles in the sociology of physical education, sport, leisure and youth that appear in journals including Leisure Studies, Sport, Education and Society, and British Journal of Sociology of Education. David was awarded his Ph.D. titled University Students’ Sport Participation: The Significance of Sport and Leisure Careers from the University of Chester in 2015, which formed the basis of one of his most recent co-authored book chapters in the The Routledge Handbook of Youth (2016).

External Engagement

David’s external engagement activities include:

  • Editorial Assistant for the International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics (2010 – 2014)
  • Contributing to the department’s programme endorsement and higher education work with the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (2018 -)
  • Contributing to the department’s work with Everton in the Community (The official charity of Everton Football Club) (2016 -)

Selected Publications