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Academic in Sports Development, Bournemouth University

Lynda Challis
Academic in Sports Development, Bournemouth University

Lynda Challis has been an academic at Bournemouth University since 2004. She is also a Level Tutor for BSc Sports Management within the Department of Sport and Physical Activity. Lynda has more than 13 years of teaching experience in her specialist subject areas of Sports Development, Policy and Governance at an undergraduate level. An integral part of her teaching practice involves embedding her own scholarly studies into the units she teaches to provide students with cutting-edge research that is relevant to their degree course. Previously, Lynda worked as a sports development manager within local government for 8 years. This role has allowed her to bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge as a practitioner to her teaching of the subject areas: sports development, sports management and coaching science. Having a career as a sports development practitioner and academic has allowed her to contextualise research and theory into a real-world setting to provide students with a realistic view of the challenges practitioners face with working in the sports development and management industry. Lynda is also studying part-time for her PhD. Her study seeks to explore how athlete stories can be utilised to analyse sports development systems.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Sports Development, Bournemouth University