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Dr Lindsay Findlay-King

Associate Professor

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Lindsay Findlay-King is HLS Faculty Director for Quality Assurance. She has been an academic at Northumbria for over 20 years. During that time she has taught a range of sport management subjects, with a current focus on volunteering and applied projects. Lindsay also teaches the volunteer management and legacy section of a flagship postgraduate module in International Sport Event Management, which includes an annual executive fieldtrip to International Sport federations and the IOC in Lausanne, Switzerland. Lindsay completeda BA (Hons) in Modern History and Politics and an MA (with distinction) in Leisure Management at Sheffield University. Lindsay’s main research interests focus on sport volunteering issues and driving up sport participation. She is Chair of the UK Sports Volunteering Research Network.

Lindsay Findlay-King

Lindsay’s doctoral research focused on a qualitative, life history based, exploration of sport participation, experience, and identity in the transition into mid-life. However her greatest research interest lies in sport volunteering. She has been involved extensively in sport volunteering experience, recruitment and retention studies, from uniformed youth organisations to sports club settings. Her current research interests focus on the asset transfer of local authority sport (and library) facilities to voluntary community groups, including the successful management and sustainability of these enterprises. This has included case studies across the UK and a current study of the transfer of five sports centres in one UK local authority and the lessons learnt for local authority and voluntary groups. This work is disseminated through academic publications, research conferences, the UK SVRN and on a hub created with the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (see

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  • Understandings of success for groups managing leisure facilities through Community Asset Transfers, Haw, S., Potrac, P., Wharton, K., Findlay-King, L. 11 Jan 2024, In: Voluntary Sector Review
  • The emergence of organisations conducting Community Asset Transfers of leisure facilities, Haw, S., Potrac, P., Wharton, K., Findlay-King, L. 22 Feb 2023, In: Managing Sport and Leisure
  • The role of mutual aid in meeting society’s needs: the example of community sports clubs’ responses to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, Nichols, G., Reid, F., Findlay-King, L. 18 Dec 2023, In: Voluntary Sector Review
  • The response of voluntary community sports clubs to COVID-19, Nichols, G., Findlay-King, L., Reid, F. 30 Sep 2022, COVID-19 and the Voluntary and Community Sector in the UK, Bristol, Policy Press
  • The community asset transfer of leisure facilities in the UK: a review and research agenda., Nichols, G., Findlay-King, L., Forbes, D. 1 Dec 2020, In: Voluntas
  • United Kingdom, Reid, F., Findlay-King, L. 14 Feb 2019, Sports Volunteers Around the Globe Meaning and Understanding of Volunteering and its Societal Impact, Switzerland, Springer
  • Localism and the Big Society: the asset transfer of leisure centres and libraries – fighting closures or empowering communities?, Findlay-King, L., Nichols, G., Forbes, D., Macfadyen, G. 4 Mar 2018, In: Leisure Studies
  • Watching the pennies and the people: how volunteer led sport facilities have transformed services for local communities, Findlay-King, L., Nichols, G., Forbes, D., Macfadyen, G. 29 Nov 2018, In: Managing Sport and Leisure
  • From public to volunteer library provision in the UK: lesson to learn - one size does not fit all, Forbes, D., Findlay-King, L., Macfadyen, G., Nichols, G. 30 Nov 2017, In: Voluntary Sector Review
  • Watching the pennies and the people – how volunteer led sport facilities have cut costs and improved the quality of service for local communities, Findlay-King, L., Nichols, G., Forbes, D., Macfadyen, G. 17 Nov 2017, UK Sport Development Network Conference

  • Stuart Haw Understanding capacity for successful Community Asset Transfer of leisure facilities: The essential role of human capital. Start Date: 01/10/2019 End Date: 23/06/2023
  • Saara Lahti Is there commonality to difference? Topical life histories of sexually diverse volunteers in sport Start Date: 01/10/2017 End Date: 23/06/2023

  • Sports Studies PhD July 01 2008
  • Education PGCE June 30 1997
  • Leisure Management MA (Hons) June 30 1996
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2001

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