Kim Wilcox holds degrees from the University of Gloucestershire (BSc, 1st Class), the University of Birmingham (MEd, Distinction) and is a qualified teacher of physical education (PGCE). Diverse skills, experiences and qualifications in education, coaching, sports development and sports events have shaped her ambitions and interests in sports education and development.
Prior to taking up her post as lecturer in football at Solent University, Kim was employed by the Hampshire Football Association. As strategic lead for the Football Association’s Just Play project and recreational participation for adult players, she worked collaboratively with a range of local and national organisations, clubs, and education providers to engage, develop and retain players at grassroots level. She also led the early development of Walking Football within Hampshire and subsequently contributed to advancements in the game at a national level.
Kim joined Solent University in 2015, having previously taught for five years in further education. During her career she has taught across a range of subjects including sports psychology, anatomy and physiology, injury, nutrition, exercise and fitness.
Kim’s teaching specialisms lie, however, in sports education and development and she currently teaches on football development units at Solent University.
Kim’s interests are within the use of recreational and diverse formats of football as both personal and player development tools, as well as sports event volunteerism. Additionally, she is passionate about the embedding of employability into the sports curriculum.
She conducted research for her MEd thesis which investigated the effectiveness of vocational programmes in FE, focusing on relationships between teachers' and students' perceptions of teaching and learning opportunities, identifying pertinent issues for curriculum development where the assessment of coursework, work-based learning or practical activities is concerned.
Going forward, she aims to explore the factors associated with effective employer collaborations in further and higher education in her studies for a professional Doctorate in education (EdD).