Dr David Turner

Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching

Course Leader for Sports Coaching and Physical Education

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Psychology and Sport Science

Location: Cambridge

Research Supervision:Yes

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 37 years of experience working in education, and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

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David joined ARU at the start of the 2021-22 academic year. Immediately prior to that he was a Course Leader for a PGCE Teacher Teaching Course at West Suffolk College, 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 David 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.


BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Physical Education.

  • Talent Identification and Development

Also teaching at Masters level.

  • Interdisciplinary Working in Sport and Exercise


  • BEd Movement Studies, Avery Hill College of Education.
  • Masters by Research, University of Luton.
  • Educational Doctorate, University of Hertfordshire.

Selected recent publications

Turner, D. (2022) 'Community sports coaching: policies and practice', Sports Coaching Review. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/21640629.2022.2101710

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

Learning From Legendary Coaches – “To Swim Against the Current of Your Circumstances: Soichi Sakamoto and Transcendence, hosted by Herts Sports Partnership, December 2019.

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