Page 1: Information & Consent

Participant Information & Consent Sheet

You are being asked to take part in a research study on social support in sport. My name is Christopher Hartley, and this study is part of my PhD research with the University of Stirling. This study is being supervised by Dr. Pete Coffee from the School of Health Sciences & Sport, and has received ethical approval from the University of Stirling Ethics Committee (email susan.fair@stir.ac.uk for details).

What will happen

You will be asked to complete several short online questionnaires. This will require less than 15 minutes of your time, and will be greatly appreciated. Please try to complete all questions; there are no right or wrong answers, we only want you to respond openly and honestly.

There are no known benefits or risks for you in this study, and your participation in this study is entirely voluntary.

Participants’ rights

  • The data you provide will be kept anonymously, and you will not be personally identifiable from the data you provide. You data will only be used for subsequent analysis and publication of this study.
  • You may decide to stop being a part of the research study at any time without explanation.
  • You may ask that any data you have supplied up to that point be withdrawn/destroyed.
  • If may have any questions about the study, or the use of your data, you may contact the investigator/s and we will do our best to answer them.

By clicking the 'next' arrow below, I agree that I have read the participant information sheet above, and I understand fully what is proposed to be done in this study. By clicking the 'next' arrow, I hereby fully and freely consent to participate in the study, and I understand I am completely free to withdraw from the study at any time I wish and that my participation is entirely voluntary.

For further information:

Myself or Dr. Pete Coffee will be glad to answer your questions about this study at any time. You may contact us at:

Christopher Hartley (Investigator)

  • christopher.hartley@stir.ac.uk 
  • 07866446134

​Dr. Pete Coffee (Supervisor)

  • peter.coffee@stir.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)1786 466253