Matthew J. Reeves

Matthew J. Reeves

Reader in Sport & Physical Activity

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Greenbank, GB234

+44 (0) 1772 89 3114

Matthew is a Reader in Sport & Physical Activity. He leads the physical activity research stream across the Faculty of Health & Wellbeing, focussing on the promotion and access to physical activity and sport for health and wellbeing.

Full Profile

Matthew joined the University of Central Lancashire in 2018 to lead on the development of applied research in physical activity across the Faculty of Health & Wellbeing. Prior to joining UCLan, Matthew had worked in a number of areas, including sports management, research consultancy, and elite sport.

Since 2010, Matthew as worked with some of the biggest sport organisations around the world, including: Nike, the International Olympic Committee, Sport England, UNESCO, and the Professional Golfers’ Association.

Matthew is interested in examining the promotion of physical activity for health through structured environments such as school and PE syllabi and healthy stadia initiatives operated by football clubs. Matthew also has substantial experience in working within professional football, with a particular focus on the identification and development of talented youngsters.

Matthew is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Higher Education Academy. He is also a registered Football Players’ Intermediary 

Matthew's Twitter: @MRSportEdu

External Affiliations and Roles

  • Visiting Research Fellow, University of Granada, Spain (2018 – present)
  • External Examiner, St Mary’s University, Twickenham (2016 – 2020)
  • Associate Editor (Performance), Journal of Sports Sciences.
  • Advisor to Sport England Talent Strategy (2016)
  • Book proposal reviewer for Routledge.


Roberts, Simon J.Rudd, James R. and Reeves, Matthew (2019) Efficacy of using non-linear pedagogy to support attacking players’ individual learning objectives in elite-youth football: A randomised cross-over trial. Journal of Sports Sciences . ISSN 0264-0414

Roberts, Simon J.Baker, MayReeves, MatthewJones, Gary and Cronin, Colum (2019) Lifting the veil of depression and alcoholism in sport coaching: how do we care for carers? Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 11 (4). pp. 510-526. ISSN 2159-676X

Roberts, Simon J.McRobert, Allistair P.Lewis, Colin J. and Reeves, Matthew J. (2019) Establishing consensus of position-specific predictors for elite youth soccer in England. Science and Medicine in Football, 3 (3). pp. 205-213. ISSN 2473-3938

Lewis, ColinReeves, Matthew and Roberts, Simon (2017) Improving the physical and mental well-being of typically hard-to-reach men: an investigation of the impact of the Active Rovers project. Sport in Society, 20 (2). pp. 258-268. ISSN 1743-0437

More publications


  • Exploring movement competence, mental health, and wellbeing amongst visually impaired young people (2019) – British Blind Sport. £16,000
  • Developing Physical Activity Knowledge & Understanding Amongst Student Nurses (2019) – Health Education England. £30,000
  • Squad Goals – Mental health education for secondary school pupils (2019) – State of Mind Sport. £2,000
  • UK Football Study Programme for Yunnan Province, China (2016) – British Council. £120,000

  • Evaluating the Schools Offer (2015) – The Premier League Charitable Foundation.
  • Coaching & New Technology (2015) – UK Coaching. £15,000
  • Olympic Values Education Programme (2015) – International Olympic Committee.
  • Move 2 Improve (M2i) (2014) – Youth Sport Trust. £50,000
  • Active Bury:  Measuring sport and physical activity levels of girls and women in Bury (2013) – Sport England. £198,000

  • Research in Social and Economic Value of Sport (2013) – UNESCO.
  • The Impact of Playing Surface upon Technical Performance (2012) – The FA/FIFA. £3,500
  • Liverpool Active Women Evaluation (2012) – Liverpool City Council. £9,000