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About Kirstie Simpson

Prior to joining the Department in 2001, Kirstie spent a number of years working in local authority sport development in the North West. She has kept up-to-date with the industry through extensive external contact with key organisations (e.g. Sport England, Cheshire & Warrington County Sport Partnership). Kirstie was also involved in the World Swimming Championships held in Manchester in 2008, leading the Volunteer Management Team. Kirstie has recently co-edited ‘Strategic Sport Development’, it was published by Routledge in February 2013.  Kirstie has recently designed and delivered a sports administration course for the Maltese Goverment sport agency Kunsill Malti Ghall-Isport (Sport Malta)


Kirstie's specialist area is sport development and she currently teaches on the following modules:

  • Dissertation (Level 6)
  • Strategic Management for Sport & Physical Activity (Level 6)
  • Student Conference: Issues in Sport & Physical Activity (Level 6)
  • Implementation, Monitoring & Evaluating Behaviour Change in Sport & Physical Activity (Level 7)
  • Understanding Behaviour Change in Sport & Physical Activity (Level 7)



  • Sport Development strategy/ strategic management of Sport Development
  • Partnerships in Sport Development and Community Engagement
  • Evaluation of Sport Development Interventions

Published Work


Robson, S., Tucker, L. and Simpson, K. (2013) (Eds.). Strategic Sport Development. London: Routledge.

Other Papers

Simpson.K. (2005). Curriculum Developments in Sport Development. Link 12, Higher Education Academy, Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Network, 28-29.


  • BSc (Hons) Sports Science and Recreation Studies (University of Gloucestershire)
  • MA Leisure & Tourism Management (University of Gloucestershire)
  • EdD (completion 2016 - University of Chester)