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Dr David Turner

Senior Lecturer
Faculty:
Faculty of Science and Engineering
School:
Psychology and Sport Science
Location:
Cambridge

David’s areas of expertise are in sports coaching, the development of sports coaching expertise and coach education, learning from legendary coaches, and education more generally.

David is a qualified teacher (BEd in Movement Studies), has 38 years of experience working in education, and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

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Background

David joined ARU at the start of the 2021-22 academic year and is a member of the Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences (CCSES).

Immediately prior to that, he was a Course Leader for a PGCE Teacher Teaching Course at West Suffolk College, and before that he was a Lecturer in Sports Coaching at two other HE institutions, over a 20-year period.

Before that, he worked in further education, sports development, and as a physical education teacher. Alongside all of this, he has been a sports coach and fitness instructor.

Research interests

David's research interests are around the development of expertise, and learning journeys, in sports coaching and beyond.

Teaching

BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Physical Education.

  • Talent Identification and Development
  • Applied Performance Analysis
Qualifications
  • BEd Movement Studies, Avery Hill College of Education.
  • Masters by Research, University of Luton.
  • Educational Doctorate, University of Hertfordshire.
Selected recent publications

Turner, D. 2023. Dear England: ‘feelgood’ Gareth Southgate play reviewed by a sports coaching expert. The Conversation.

Turner, D. 2023. Exploring the role of differential learning in the development and coaching of footballers. Football Medicine & Performance Publication, 44, pp.19-23.

Turner, D., 2023. Community sports coaching: policies and practice (book review). Sports Coaching Review, 12(3), pp.365-369.

Turner, D. & Jewiss, M. 2023. The Ashes: how England cricket’s head coach Brendon McCullum developed his ‘Bazball’ style. The Conversation.

Turner, D. 2023. A reflexive autoethnographic fragment – Epiphany in a milkfloat. European Journal of Life Writing, 12, pp.C1– C8.

Turner, D. (2017) 'The Extreme Phronesis of Percy Cerutty: A Narrativized Life History of a Legendary Sports Coach', International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 36(1).

Turner, D. (2017) 'Beyond ‘crude pragmatism’ in sports coaching: Insights from CS Peirce, William James, and John Dewey: A commentary', International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 12(1), pp. 26-29.

Recent presentations and conferences

Learning From Legendary Coaches – “To Swim Against the Current of Your Circumstances: Soichi Sakamoto and Transcendence, hosted by Herts Sports Partnership, March 2023.

Learning From Legendary Coaches – Pat Summitt: A case study in the development of coach-athlete relationships. Invited guest lecture for Professor Sophia Jowett to MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology students at Loughborough University. February 2023.

Learning From Legendary Coaches – Pat Summitt: “Here’s How I’m Going to Beat you!”, hosted by Herts Sports Partnership, November 2022.

Learning From Legendary Coaches – The Ying and Yang of Thomas Tuchel, co-presented with Luke Georgiou, as part of Herts Coach Education Week, February 2022.

The Inner Game of Sports Team Coaching, at the Tim Gallwey Conference, Coaching for Self Belief, April 2019.

Media experience

Recent podcasts

2nd November 2023 – These Football Times - Get It On: How the 70s rocked football. These Football Times / Get It On: how the 70s rocked football (audioboom.com)

18th October 2023 – The Great Coaches podcast – On Turning Points with Dr David Turner. On Turning Points - Great Coaches (thegreatcoachespodcast.com)

12th October 2023 – These Football Times – The Mount Rushmore Debates: the 1970s. These Football Times / The Mount Rushmore Debates: the 1970s (audioboom.com)

18th September 2023 – These Football Times – Ange, McKenna, transformative coaches and more. These Football Times / Ange, McKenna, transformative coaches and more (audioboom.com)

13th September 2023 – These Football Times – Wrapping up a decade of 1970s football. These Football Times / Wrapping up a decade of 1970s football (audioboom.com)

12th September 2023 – Mental Muscle podcast (BBC Sport) – What can we learn from coaching legends? Mental Muscle - What can we learn from coaching legends? - BBC Sounds

14th August 2023 – These Football Times – A decade of 1970s football; the 1975/76 season. These Football Times / A decade of 1970s football: the 1975/76 season (audioboom.com)