The dynamic interaction between a football and surface in match play
Katie's PhD study focuses on improving the understanding of the football-surface interaction in match play. The aim of this research is to produce an advanced numerical model to describe the behaviour of a football undergoing an impact with a surface. In comparison with other sports there is limited understanding in this area in football. The interaction represents a fundamental characteristic of the game, greatly affecting the actions of players and quality of performance. The outcomes of this project should provide the Football Technology Innovation Department at The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) with empirical evidence to inform future football governance on this dynamic interaction.
Katie's research is funded by the Sheffield Hallam University Vice-Chancellor scholarship in collaboration with FIFA.
Alongside her studies, Katie undertook a ten-month placement at Sport Sheffield supporting and developing the delivery of the Higher Education (HE) Club Sport programme at The University of Sheffield.
In 2020, Katie graduated with a first class MEng in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Sheffield. As part of her final year research project, Katie examined the use of additive manufacturing to enhance the performance of sports equipment before developing innovative equipment to support the development of coaching delivery in squash.
Katie competes at a university and district level in football and squash. Katie is a qualified squash coach, previously captaining her university team to British University and College Sport (BUCS) league and cup success.