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Louisa joined the University of Huddersfield in 2006 and is currently the course leader for the BSc (Hons) Exercise Science course. She started her employment as a commercial/sales and marketing assistant at Manchester City Football Club, then moved into sports development, working in two local authorities for over 10 years. As part of this employment she was seconded to a Sport England funded post as a voluntary sector development officer. During her time as a sports development officer Louisa was responsible for coach education, talent identification, the development of children’s coaching opportunities and the professionalisation of voluntary sports clubs. These roles involved liaising with a number of key stakeholders including Sport England, Sports Coach UK, PCTs and the Youth Sport Trust.
Since joining the University in 2006, Louisa has acted as Course Leader for the foundation degree and BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching courses. She is currently a Senior Lecturer on the Exercise Science degree. Louisa is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Louisa is a graduate in sports science and has an MA in child welfare and safeguarding.
Louisa is currently on the working group for the Impact Project. Impact is a research and knowledge transfer project designed to curb child abuse in Caribbean countries. It is being developed at Huddersfield, in partnership with the government of Grenada and UNICEF. The project is led by researchers from the University of Huddersfield, the University of the West Indies and two Canadian institutions. Louisa is currently working with colleagues on funding bids, including a prestigious bid to the Canadian Institute for Health Research, to attract £3million of funding.
Louisa undertook research in 2011 into the effects of masculinity, body image and ethnicity on physical activity participation rates of year 11 pupils in Kirklees as well as the impact of specialist sports colleges on improved physical activity levels of secondary school aged children. Louisa is currently undertaking a PhD in exercise - exploring the benefits of exercise and physical activity with vulnerable young people.
Sanford, E. and Horner, L. (2017) ‘Teaching pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorder’ Physical Education Matters , Spring, pp. 46-48. ISSN 1751-0988
Glover, D. and Horner, L. (2017) ‘Paying attention to pupils with ADHD : a guide for teaching assistants’ Physical Education Matters , pp. 49-51. ISSN 1751-0988
Louisa is currently a member of Kirklees Sport and Physical Activity Partnership The partnership’s role is to write and oversee the implementation of the 2013 Kirklees sport and physical activity strategy. She is also the External Examiner for the Foundation Degrees in Sports Coaching at Dearne Valley and Calderdale Colleges.
Louisa works with Castle Hill Special School and Ethos College, a pupil referral unit, to increase the physical activity levels and health outcomes of vulnerable children.
Louisa is a senior lecturer on the Exercise Science degree, teaching at foundation and honours levels. She is module leader for the undergraduate professional development, physical activity for children and applied research modules as well as the postgraduate active ageing module. She also gives guest lectures on the exercise psychology, principles of coaching and advanced nutrition modules. Over the past three years Louisa has also lectured on the MA Public Health course.