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Ms Sara Almeida 

Postgraduate research student

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Ms Sara Almeida is Postgraduate research student within Southampton Education School at the University of Southampton.

My involvement with the Sports area dates back to the time when I started the secondary school. Instead of devoting my time watching TV or playing games like the rest of my friends, I was much more fascinated in running, swimming, gymnastics, etc. I always had the best grade when it comes to PE. At the time I was 16, I choose the area of physical education and sports in the secondary school a long side with swimming in a local club. 

The choice to continue study Physical Education and Sports at University Instituto Superior da Maia in Portugal, with a specialization in Physical Fitness and Condition thus emerged quite naturally. When I started my classes at the university my Athletics teacher (who is also a Coach) asked me if I was interested in attending to one training, he said I had good sprinter skills. And so I did. That’s how I start running for F.C.Porto.

After that, and alongside with the university I did 2 Athletics coaching courses and 1 athletics judge course. During an intense five year program I started getting knowledge about different areas like, Introduction to Physical Education, Anthropology, Anatomy – Physiology, Developmental Psychology, Pedagogic Practise, Games and Sport Theory, Sociology of Education, Physiology of Movement, Elements of Statistics, Biomechanics, Methodology of Physical Recreation, Methodology of Dance, comparative Studies - Physical Education and Sport , Physical Condition and Health, Theory of Sport Development, Pedagogic Project, etc.

As a result of my academic performance I always was considered when of the best students in my academic year. I always tried to do my best as a student and as an athlete. But my most significant academic experience was yet to come – my final project and my teacher training as an undergraduate would become the most successful demonstration of my ability.

In my last year I started my Teacher Training in a secondary school, alongside with my dissertation. I choose to do my dissertation in the area of sports Psychology (leadership). As the result of all the effort that I put into my research, when I’ve defended my thesis the members of the jury gave me a 19 grade (scale 0 to 20). Regarding my teacher Training my grade was 18.

My dissertation supervisor was also very happy, but he always made cleared that this was just the beginning that I needed to keep going to a higher stage; he told me that I had the skills, competence and knowledge to go further. He also asked me if I was interested in righting an article about my dissertation and enrols it in a sports congress in Spain (Facultad de Ciencias del Deporte y la Educación Física de la Universidade da Coruña) that was going to take place between 7 and 9 of May 2009. I was very happy when he told me that my work was accepted.

After I finished my course I’ve started to teach PE in a primary school. Alongside with that I was an athletics coach in two different clubs, F.C. Porto and Associação de Amizade São Pedro de Rates and I also was teaching basketball in a nursery school. In January 2009 I moved to England with the purpose of doing my PhD here. I start working as a Supply PE teacher for the company ITN mark education.

My research is about “What makes up cohesion in the coach- athlete relationship”. As far as long-term professional goals are concerned, after completing my PhD I intend to become a teacher at graduate level in a university and also continue a career in research.

Research interests

MPhil/PhD (part-time): Athletes, coaches and non-sport related people's perceptions about coaches' behaviour

Supervisors: Dr John Schulz, Professor Anthony Kelly 

Ms Sara Almeida
Southampton Education School University of Southampton Building 32 Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom
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