Manchester Metropolitan forms partnership with British Swimming

British Swimming, the national governing body of swimming in Great Britain, has formed a formal collaborative partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University.

Key elements of this collaboration include the undertaking of scientific research and knowledge exchange work with Great Britain’s able-bodied and Paralympic Swimmers as well as University funded opportunities for PhD study.

Dr. Carl Payton, Biomechanics Group Lead within the Health Exercise & Active Living (HEAL) Research Center has secured a grant of £100,000 from British Swimming. This, with additional funding from the University, will support two 4-year PhD scholarships. Six shortlisted candidates attended the Cheshire Campus for interview on 13th April and presented posters outlining their research ideas.

The successful candidates’ research will focus on the elite swimmers based at British Swimming’s National Centres for Swimming at Loughborough University and the University of Bath. The research will provide coaches with an increased understanding of the technical factors influencing elite swimming performance and how to influence these through their coaching. This aim will be achieved through a structured series of studies, focusing primarily on the biomechanical (technical) aspects of performance (starting, turning and swimming) but will employ an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on other scientific disciplines such as physiology and psychology, where appropriate.

Professor Paul Holmes, Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange, said: “We are delighted to partner British Swimming in this venture. Over the next 4 years, this research, led by Carl and his team, will have a significant impact on the sport and on the University’s international profile in the high performance sport sector.”

Dr Payton reported that “This project will involve unprecedented access to Britain’s world leading swimmers and coaches in order to support them in their preparations for the Tokyo Olympics and beyond.”

Dr. Carl Payton, Professor Paul Holmes, Mr Ollie Logan; Analysis Lead – Biomechanics and Race Analysis, British Swimming and Dr. Karl Cooke; Head of Sport Science and Sports Medicine, British Swimming pictured with the shortlisted candidates

For more information on this project, please contact Carl Payton: c.payton@mmu.ac.uk