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Dr Lindsay Findlay-King

Principal Lecturer/Teaching Fellow

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Lindsay Findlay-King is a Director of Learning and Teaching with responsibility for the quality management of all undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, in the Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation. 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 research methods 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.

Lindsay Findlay-King

Key Publications

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  • The community asset transfer of leisure facilities in the UK, Nichols, G., Findlay-King, L., Forbes, D. 1 Dec 2020, In: Voluntas
  • Localism and the Big Society, Findlay-King, L., Nichols, G., Forbes, D., Macfadyen, G. 4 Mar 2018, In: Leisure Studies
  • Watching the pennies and the people, 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
  • Asset transfer in libraries, Forbes, D., Nichols, G., Findlay-King, L., Macfadyen, G. 9 Sep 2015
  • Asset transfer of public sport facilities, Findlay-King, L., Macfadyen, G. 20 Oct 2015
  • Case study: Bramley Baths Leeds, Nichols, G., Forbes, D., Findlay-King, L., Macfadyen, G. 2015
  • Case study: King Edwards Swimming Pool, Sheffield, Nichols, G., Forbes, D., Findlay-King, L., Macfadyen, G. Feb 2015
  • Case study: Wirksworth Swimming Pool Derbyshire, Nichols, G., Forbes, D., Findlay-King, L., Macfadyen, G. 2015


  • 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

PGR Supervision

  • Saara Lahti Start: 01/10/2017
  • Stuart Haw Start: 01/10/2019

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

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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