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Matt  Johnson

Matt Johnson

Senior Lecturer

School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

023 8201 5006 ext. 5006 Room no. RM213A


Matt Johnson attained a joint honours degree in sport science, leisure and recreation from Canterbury Christ Church College and then went on to achieve an MSc in sport and exercise psychology from University College Chichester. Along with this, Matt has excellent industry experience as a sport scientist, coach and coach educator.

Matt is a senior lecturer in sport psychology and coaching, and he has a passion for setting and achieving high standards. He has enjoyed 12 years of lecturing in higher education and is now the course leader for the BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching degree at Southampton Solent University. This course has been ranked 12th (out of 65) in the guardian league table (2012) and has been in the top five courses in the UK according to the National Student Survey in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Matt prides himself on delivering high quality teaching and excellent career development opportunities for his students. All this has been achieved alongside a productive career of hands on rugby coaching at an international level and providing sport science support to a wide range of athletes up to and including international and Paralympic standards. In the last year Matt has provided sport science support to a championship football team, a Premiership rugby team, individuals from the GB wheelchair rugby team; and a junior international female basketball player. Matt is also currently undertaking a PhD in attitudes towards training in sport and co-writing an MSc in athletic development and peak performance.

Outside of work, Matt loves to spend time with his wife and children, enjoys exploring the New Forest, and spectating and taking part in lots of outdoor activities and sports. He is also an elected School Governor for Blackfield Primary School.

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