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Mrs Jessica Pinchbeck

Profile summary

Professional biography

Jessica is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Fitness at the Open University. She has worked as an academic at the university since October 2011. Prior to that she worked as an associate lecturer at the Open University and as a lecturer in sport and exercise science within the FE sector.

Jessica's specialist area includes the topics of youth sport participation and the influence of the family in sport. Jessica is currently undertaking her PhD investigating the role of the family in women's participation in club sport.

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Research interests

Jessica's research interests lie within the psychological and sociological aspects of the influence of the family within sport particpation. She is currently undertaking a PhD investigating the role of the family in women's sport participation.
Non peer reviewed articles written by Jessica include:

Pinchbeck J (2016) 'Making young children give everything to football is a bad idea - here's why' [online] The Conversation. Available from:

Pinchbeck, J (2016) ‘Rugby: A game of risk and reward’ [online]. Openlearn. Available from:

Pinchbeck J. (2015) ‘Siblings in the scrum: long history of brothers makes rugby a family affair’ [online]. The Conversation. Available from:

Pinchbeck, J. (2015) ‘Rugby: A sport for sampling or specialisation?’ [online] Available from:

Lingam-Willgoss, C. and Pinchbeck, J. (2015) ‘Parenthood and Tennis – the challenge of being an athletic parent’ [online] Available from:

Pinchbeck, J. (2015) ‘Where have all the teenage tennis prodigies gone?’ [online] Available from:

Pinchbeck, J. (2015) ‘This Girl Can…’ with the right balance of inspiration and support’ [online] Available from:

Pinchbeck, J. (2014) ‘Challenging the stereotype of English netball’ [online] Available from:

Pinchbeck J. (2014) ‘When being good at badminton is the secret to a happy marriage’ [online]. The Conversation. Available from:

Pinchbeck, J. (2014) ‘Morality in Sport: Suarez strikes again’ [online] Available from:

Pinchbeck, J. (2014) Rio 2014: the participation legacy in England [online] Available from:

Pinchbeck (2013). Push or laid back? The challenge of being a sporting parent [online] Open Learn. Available from:

Pinchbeck (2013). Sibling Rivalry: An important ingredient in sporting success [online]. Open Learn. Available from:

Pinchbeck, J. (2012). The right balance: Parental involvement in sport [online]. BBC World Olympic Dreams. Available from:   



Teaching interests

Jessica has been involved in the development of several modules in the sport and fitness award. Some of the key teaching roles she has held are summarised below.

E314 - Exploring Contemporary Issues in Sport and Exercise

  • Author of Study Topic 3b - Early Specialisation in Youth Sport: reviewing the evidence

E313 - Exploring Psychological Aspects of Athletic Development

  • Author: Study Topic 2 - Family Influences on Athletic Development

E112 - Introduction to Sport, Fitness & Management

  • 2011-present: Module team chair (production and presentation)
  • Co-author: Study Topic 1 - Introducing sport, fitness and management; Study Topic 2 - Making sense of sport and fitness; Study Topic 5 - Customer care: a sport and fitness perspective

E217 - Sport and Conditioning Science into Practice

  • Author Study Topic 1 - Introduction to science and theory into practice

EXC/F224 - Making your exercise and coaching certificate count

  • 2013-present: Module team chair (production)
  • Co-author of Study Topic 1, Study Topic 2 and Study Topic 3

External collaborations

Jessica has worked with the TES to produce a CPD course for primary school teachers to develop confidence in delivering the primary curriculum.


The impact of Online Forum Use on Student Retention in a Level 1 Distance Learning Module (2021)
Pinchbeck, Jessica and Heaney, Caroline
Athens Journal of Education, 8 ((Early access))

Case report: the impact of a resubmission intervention on level 1 distance learning students (2017)
Pinchbeck, Jessica and Heaney, Caroline
Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-learning, 32(3) (pp. 236-242)