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Dr Platts is a sports sociologist and a senior lecturer in sport based in the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity. He undertook a PhD that explored the education and welfare provisions on offer for young professional footballers who sign as scholars between the age of 16 and 18. Building on this, his research is concerned with the study of the lives of elite athletes - mainly, but not exclusively, in professional football.


  • Sociology of Sport
  • Education, dual-career and post-career planning of elite athletes.
  • Academy football at professional clubs
  • Policy

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Dr Chris Platts

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