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Erin-Beth Nugent

Project title

Making Professionals; Training regimes, everyday practices, and the experiences and perspectives of boys and their families in professional football academies.


Research Cluster

Child, Youth and Family

Project description

I explore the normalisation of intensive training regimes within professional football club academies. The study will produce impactful research by:

  • discovering how child players and their families understand the practices of academies
  • giving a voice to the boys involved in academy schemes and explore how they're affected
  • exploring the social dynamics and meanings within academy spaces
  • examining the possibilities of abuse and harm through the lens of children and their families

Other interests

I’m a keen road cyclist and ride with Blaydon CC and undertake cycling events. I enjoy traveling, knitting, surfing, being at the beach and collecting far too many house plants. I have been learning Italian for several years and enjoy learning about their rich culture. 

Academic qualifications

  • First Class Honours (BA) in Sport and Exercise Science from Durham University
  • MA with Distinction in Sociology from Newcastle University


  • 1 of 3 of a cohort of 100 to receive a research innovation award from Durham University in collaboration with Durham County Council for my undergraduate thesis which investigated social resistance in the North East Surfing community
  • NINE DTP funded Candidate
  • Certified Medical Exercise Specialist with the American Council on Exercise
  • Qualified open water diver, assistant boxing coach and assistant athletics coach
  • Raised £2,000 for the Alzheimer’s society by completing the 137mile C2C cycle route
  • National 800m and high jump winner