Staff Profiles: Dr. Anita Navin

Dr. Anita Navin

Staff Profile: Dr. Anita Navin
Head of School, Sports and Exercise

Dr. Anita Navin

Dr. Anita Navin

Head of School, Sports and Exercise

Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

Sports Leadership, Education and Society

Prior to joining the university Anita was a Director of Collaboration for Health and Life Sciences at Northumbria University and managed a teacher training programme at Leeds Met University.


Anita has been involved in netball for thirty-seven years as a performer, coach, talent scout, tutor, coach mentor, technical writer, board director, education and training consultant and a volunteer for other working groups and advisory panels. She is fully commited to the development of coaches across a range of sports and associated mentoring programmes. Anita now supports the development of Business Leaders using her experiences from leadership and coaching in the sport context.


Award Title Institution Date
BEd (Hons) Physical Education and Geography Bedford College of Higher Education 1987
MSc Sport and Exercise Sciences Leeds Metropolitan University 1998
Doctorate Sport Northumbria University 2013


UK Coaching Certificate Level 3

Accredited UK Coaching Tutor, Assessor and Internal Verifier

Reviewer for Sports Coach UK  and the UKCC Level 4


Coach Developer of the Year in 2011 - UK Coaching Awards

Membership of professional bodies

Sports Coach UK

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Honorary life member England Netball


Teaching and research


Sports Coaching, Coach Development, Development of expertise in Sport amd Transformational Leadership Behaviours.


Undergraduate, Postgraduate


Coach development, sports coaching expertise, recruitment & retention of female coaches and leadership behaviours in sport.

Doctoral level research examined the characteristics of sports coaching expertise across participant contexts in Netball. Similar research engaged with GB Hockey.

Research conducted addressing the perceptions of female coaches in the UK high performance coaching system on behalf of UK Sport.

Case study evaluation conducted of the British Tennis Coach Licensing Scheme.

External responsibilities

England Netball Technical Consultant

Sky Sports commentator for over eight years. Part of the Netball World Cup and Commonwealth Games commentary teams.

Uk Sport Performance Coach Steering Group

Sports Coach UK Coaching Standards Group

International Netball federation Coaching Advisory Group

Subjects for media interviews

Sports Coaching, Women in Leadership and Sport, Coach Development

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Professional positions

Editor of Sports Coaching & Netball Series

Reviewer for the Journal of Sport Sciences

Ambassador for the International Netball Federation (INF). Working with Government Ministers in Africa and the INF to validate an education programme and qualification structure for sports coaches in Africa.

External examining

University of the West Coast of Scotland (UWS)