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David has extensive knowledge of sports participation patterns, having worked with a number of National Governing Bodies (NGB) of sport.  He has particular expertise in athletics participation, and has compiled research on recreational running, as well as the retention and progression of young athletes. David is especially passionate about voluntary sports clubs and contributed to the State of the Nation report for the NGB CEO Forum in 2015, which estimated that there are 1.9million volunteers in England, contributing time worth £4.9billion annually. 


  • Sport participation (Athletics, Hockey, Badminton)
  • Voluntary sports clubs
  • Elite sport - medal success
  • Professional Rugby Union
  • Sports stadia construction and impact

Notable coverage:

  • BBC Look North [August 2016] - Team GB Medal Success and Participation
  • BBC Look North [Feb 2013] - Bradford City: Up for the Cup
David Barrett

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