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Mr Simon James Raphael Rea

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer (Sport and Fitness)
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
  • Childhood, Youth and Sport
  • simon.rea

Professional biography

I am a Lecturer on the Sport and Fitness award at the Open University.  I have worked full time as an academic contributing to the development of modules in the BSc (Hons) degree since June 2007.

I have been involved in teaching in Higher and Further education since 1993 and most recently spent time working for a private company training personal trainers. I have also worked as a performance coach in first class cricket advising players on nutrition, psychology and physical conditioning.

My specialist areas are strength and conditioning and nutrition for sports performance.

Please click on the tabs above to find out more about my qualifications, teaching, research and publications.

Research interests

 Simons research interests lie within applied sport psychology

Some of the article's Simon has written for OpenLearn can be found here:


Book Chapter
Rea, Simon and Oakley, Ben (2009). Using reflective practice - an Open University perspective. In: Heaney, Caroline; Oakley, Ben and Rea, Simon eds. Exploring Sport and Fitness: Work-based Practice. Routledge/ The Open University.
Rea, Simon (2009).  Thinking about motivation in the workplace. In: Heaney, Caroline; Oakley, Ben and Rea, Simon eds. Exploring Sport and Fitness: Work-based Practice. Routledge/The Open University.
Rea, Simon (2009). Self-employment: programmng to manage time and energy. In: Heaney, Caroline; Oakley, Ben and Rea, Simon eds. Exploring Sport and Fitness: Work-based Practice. Routledge/The Open University.

I am currently researching methods of assessment and how to provide effective feedback to students that actually improves their learning.

I also keep current on the development of training methods for strength and conditioning as well as developments in sports nutrition.

Teaching interests

My main teaching interests are in sport psychology, sport nutrition, strength and conditioning and work-based learning.

I have been involved in the development of all modules in the sport and fitness award. Some of the key teaching roles he has held are summarised below.

E313 - Exploring psychological Aspects of Athletic Development

  • Author: Study Topic 6 -  Options 2 and 3 - The impact of others on performance / Moral behaviour and aggression.

 E233 - Sport and Exercise Psychology: A Case Study Approach

  • Author: Study Topic 2 - Psychological issues affecting performers in sport and exercise.
  • Author: Study Topic 3 - Adherence and group dynamics.

E112 - Introduction to Sport, Fitness & Management

  • Author: Study Topic 6 - Eating to win.

E113 - Working & Learning in Sport & Fitness 

  • 2009 - present: Module team chair (production and presentation).
  • Author: Study Topic 1 - Preparing for workbased learning.
  • Author: Study Topic 2 - Encouraging and maintaining motivation.

E217 - Sport and Conditioning Science into Practice

  • 2012 - present: Module team chair (production and presentation).
  • Co-author: Study Topic 3 - Making sense of movement.







Exploring Sport and Fitness: Work-based Practice (2009-07-17)
Heaney, Caroline; Oakley, Ben and Rea, Simon eds.
ISBN : 978-0-415-49155-6 | Publisher : Routledge/The Open University | Published : Abingdon


Jenny Simpson

Learning from people: the training method bringing service users and social workers together

Jenny Simpson, Head of Social Work (England), as well as students and staff at the OU are involved in an exciting development in relation to social work education. Mend the Gap is a model for the effective involvement of people who are at the receiving end of services, together with those who provide professional support. Read more about Mend the Gap here

18th April 2018
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