Matt Bridge

Favourite Thing: My favourite thing to do in science is to get together with a group of sport coaches and other scientists to work together to solve the problems that coaches come up against in high performance sport. What is really great is when we also see the application of the solution to everyday coaching and feed it in to our coach education programmes.



Garden Fields JMI (1981-1988), Verulam School (1988-1995)


BSc Sport & Exercise Science, University of Birmingham (1995-1998), PhD Sport & Exercise Sciences, University of Birmingham (1998-2001)

Work History:

Wolverhampton University, British Olympic Association,


University of Birmingham

Current Job:

Senior lecturer in Coaching and Sports Science

Me and my work

I’m an applied scientist working in the field with sportsmen and women and educating coaches.

Here are links to two YouTube videos about the work that I do at the University of Birmingham. You can vote to spend a day working with me here .

My Typical Day

Lecture, leading a training session, analysing movement, talking to students.

What I'd do with the money

I’d create a number of vodcasts covering some hot topics for this Olympics.

Why do East Africans win lots of endurance races?

Why do people of West African descent win sprint races?

What’s the most important attribute to be successful in sport?

How do parents and where you were born affect your chances of being an olympian?

How many sports should you do at school to increase your chances of success in one?

Questions like these are ones that I would seek to address in a series of short vodcasts if I win the money.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

On the go

Would you rather be a scientist or an athlete? And why?

I’ve been both, but if you are an athlete you need to remember that there is life after sport.

If you could have a body super power, what would it be and why?

Invisibility – so that I could check that my athletes we training properly

Which Olympic event would you most like to win? And why?

Decathlon – true measure of all round athletic greatness

What did you want to be after you left school?

A professional sportsman or a sports scientist

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Isn’t everyone at some point?

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Worked with some great people around the World both scientists and elite sports people

Tell us a joke.

What did the fish say when it swam into a wall? Dam!