Merijn is a senior lecturer in Sociology of Sport; and International Sports Law, as well as programme leader for BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching. He joined the department in September 2000, following the completion of his Masters in Sport, Culture and Development at the University of Surrey Roehampton, and a BA (hons) in Leisure: Policy and Administration at the University of Brighton. Whilst at Winchester, Merijn broadened his academic interest by completing a Masters of Laws in International Sports Law, and he now teaches across a range of modules related to sociology, development, coaching and law.
Outside his university career, Merijn is a successful hockey coach having achieved promotion to the women’s Premier League with two consecutive clubs. On the back of this, he was made head-coach to the Welsh U21 women’s team and assistant coach to the Welsh senior women, who won the bronze medal at the 2009 Euro Nations Trophy in Rome. He currently coaches at Havant Hockey club, where he is director of coaching and responsible for the men’s team, and works as a Centrally Contracted Coach for England Hockey.
His coaching career has led Merijn to pursue new interest in education as well. He is working on a module in performance analysis, which will see the introduction of video as a way to break down sports performance and facilitate individual and team development.