Gemma has worked for SIRC since 2006. Gemma has an MA in Research Methods and has substantial experience in both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Gemma's work has largely focused on sports participation, school and community sport. Gemma has worked on national evaluation projects for clients such as Sport England (Sport Unlimited, Sainsbury’s School Games) the Youth Sport Trust and various National Governing Bodies (eg ASA,).
Since joining SIRC Gemma has been involved in a wide range of evaluation projects with a focus on increasing participation rates in sport and physical activity.
Gemma is currently project managing the School Games Impact Study, which is a flagship policy helping to realise a sports participation legacy for school children from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The programme aims to increase participation in competitive school sport and the impact study covers all four levels of the programme, from intra school competition through to a national level finals event. The programme of evaluation involves working with a wide range of stakeholders including; School Games Organisers, Local Organising Committees, National Governing Bodies and young people. As part of this programme schools are able to apply for a Mark award which recognises the commitment made to competitive school sport by schools. Gemma is also managing the validation programme for the Mark award scheme alongside the School Games impact study. This validation programme aims to ensure the quality of the award scheme and over the course of 3 years, all 450 School Games Organisers will receive a validation visit in at least 2 schools within their area.
Gemma also project managed the monitoring and evaluation of the hugely successful Sport Unlimited programme, this was a £36 million DCMS / Sport England project which aimed to contribute towards the Government's aim of providing all young people with access to 5 hours of high quality PE and physical activity per week. This was a three-year project, which provided an attractive range of opportunities, both traditional and innovative, through a wide range of delivery partners to appeal to the 'semi sporty' cohort.
School and community sport
Health And Wellbeing
School Games Mark award validation
Evaluation of School Games (Sport England)
Validation of School Games Mark award (Sport England)
Hart, G., Barlow, M., & Taylor, P. (2011). The stimulation of sports participation in deprived communities : evidence from British coalfields areas. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 3 (1), 65-83. http://doi.org/10.1080/19406940.2010.544664
Bullough, S., Hart, G., Moore, R., & Bonner, S. (2012). The role of alternative physical activities in engaging young people. In Harris, S., Bell, B., Adams, A., & Mackintosh, C. (Eds.) Sport for sport? Theoretical and practical insights in sports development. (pp. 47-74). Leisure Studies Association: http://www.leisure-studies-association.info/LSAWEB/NewTitle/117.html
Bullough, S., Hart, G., & Gregory, M. (2011). Demand for sport : what young people want. In Jeanes, R., & Magee, J. (Eds.) Children, Youth and Leisure. (pp. 55-80). Leisure Studies Association: http://www.leisure-studies-association.info/LSAWEB/NewTitle/113.html
Hart, G., Shibli, S., Bullough, S., & Barrett, D. (2015). School Games Mark Validation : Final Report : Year 3 (2013-14). Sheffield Hallam University. http://www.sportengland.org/media/792477/school-mames-mark-report-2014.pdf
Shibli, S., Bullough, S., Coleman, R., Gregory, M., Hart, G., & Ramchandani, G. (2009). Everyday Swim (2006-2009) Final Report. Amateur Swimming Association. http://www.swimming.org/assets/uploads/library/Microsoft_Word_-_ES_FinalReport.pdf
Taylor, P., Hart, G., Donlan, L., Panagouleas, T., & Nichols, G. (2008). Child protection legistlation and volunteering in Scottish sport. Edinburgh: Sport Scotland. http://www.sportscotland.org.uk/NR/rdonlyres/C0F62872-C64A-4E28-A4BF-A89EDC9B46AF/0/ChildProtectionLegislationandVolunteeringinScottishSport.pdf