Miss Beth Reeves

Research project: The Influence of Intra-Player Communication on Relationships and Team Cohesion


For many years, the plethora of research conducted regarding team sports performance has advised enhancing team cohesion for greater team success and improvement. Team cohesion has been identified as one of the most important group variables, and has been recognised as critical to not only pursuit of goals and objectives but for group development and maintenance.

When focussing on individual interactions between team members, there are many relationships that may have an impact on performance when considering team sports Interpersonal communication has been argued to be the most essential behaviour for group dynamics. Therefore, insights into team communication can provide vital insights into team processes, performance and cohesion. 

To date, negligible research has been conducted on intra-player communication and it's affect on relationships. This project intends to develop and contribute into the area of developing team cohesion knowledge. 


Beth enrolled at Kingston University for a BSC Sport Science degree in 2016, graduating in 2019 achieving First Class honours. Her dissertation research project investigated the affect of having a parental coach on young athlete's motivations, and included interviews of young athlete's that were currently experiencing the phenomenon of a parental coach.

Following this, Beth enrolled with Loughborough University in 2019 to complete an MSc in Sport Psychology. Her dissertation project followed on from her BSc, concentrating on a reflective study for those who had experience parental coaches in their youth who were now adults. 

In October 2023 Beth began her PhD research journey, following the theme of relationship in sport. Prior to and during her PhD, Beth has been involved in lecturing on the Sport Psychology module in Kingston's Sport and Exercise Science programme. 

Areas of research interest

  • Sports Communication
  • Team Cohesion
  • Relationships


  • BSc Sport Science, Kingston University
  • MSc Sport Psychology, Loughborough University