Ms Kathryn Leflay

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for Sport Culture, Media and Development

Email address: Phone number: 01902 32 1894 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Sport & Human Sciences Areas of expertise: Sport Culture, Media and Development


After finishing my BSc in Sport in Society at Sheffield Hallam University I worked in roles in sport management and sport development. I had particular responsibility for partnership development in the Dearne Valley area and I worked with a range of local and national organisations to set up initiatives to improve participation.  This gave me valuable insights into the working of the sport industry and allowed me to explore my career options as well as contemplate further study.   

Whilst completing my MA in Sport and Popular Culture at Sheffield Hallam, I worked part time in further education teaching on BTEC level 3 Sports Studies and Sports Science courses. Alongside teaching in college I was responsible for delivering community sport leadership training and Gym Instructor training in a range of community venues. Although I thoroughly enjoyed teaching within further education Colleges I decided I wanted a new challenge that was in keeping with higher level study for a PhD. This led me to move into a career in Higher Education. 

I am currently a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the Sport Culture, Media and Development programme. I teach across a range of applied sport sociology and sport development modules. I am research active in both sport sociology and teaching and learning. I am admissions tutor for the Institute of Sport. I have further responsibilities as part of the outreach and development team for the institute.   


  • PGCert in HE  - 2010
  • MA Sport and Popula Culture  - 2008
  • BSc Sport in Society   - 2001


  • Mark Groves , Gerald Griggs & Kathryn Leflay (2012) Hazing and initiation ceremonies in university sport: setting the scene for further research in the United Kingdom, Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, 15:1, 117-131, DOI: 10.1080/03031853.2011.625287
  • Kathryn Leflay, Gerald Griggs & Kay Biscomb (2014): Through the Fire:
  • the project kids of Coney Island, Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, DOI:10.1080/17430437.2014.927866
  • Griggs, G., Leflay, K. and Groves, M. (2012) ‘Just watching it again now still gives me goose bumps!’:Understanding moments of private nostalgia as a sport spectator. Sociology of Sport Journal, 29,1, 89 – 101.
  • Leflay, K. and Groves, M. (2012). Using online forums for encouraging higher order thinking and ‘deep’ learning in an undergraduate Sports Sociology module. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education, Volume 13, July 2013, Pages 226–232
  • Mark Groves , Kathryn Leflay , Julian Smith , Belinda Bowd & Alison Barber (2013) Encouraging the development of higher-level study skills using an experiential learning framework, Teaching in Higher Education, 18:5, 545-556, DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2012.753052

Previous professional experience

Loughborough College   2008 - 2009

  • Teaching and Course Leading on the HND Sport and Exercise Science. Teaching responsibilities and personal tutor on the Sport and Exercise Science foundation degree.

North Nottinghamshire College   2006 - 2008

  • Level 3 Tutor on the BTEC Sports Studies and Sports Science qualifications.

Sheffield College   2005 - 2006

  • Level 3 Tutor on the BTEC level 3 Sports Studies and Sports Science qualifications. Running gym instructor training (ISRM).

Dearne Valley College   2002 - 2005

  • Part time level 3 Tutor-Teaching across the BTEC level 3 Sports Studies and Sports Science qualifications. Running Level 2 and 3 gym instructor qualifications and community sports leadership training across various venues in South Yorkshire.

Dearne Valley College, Sports Centre Assistant Manager (Sport Development).   2002 - 2006

  • This role involved managing the day to day running of the sport centre, line management of staff and staff training, setting up corporate fitness programmes with external businesses, partnership working with local and national sport development organisations, applying for funding to develop initiatives within the Dearne Valley area.

Killamarsh Sports Centre- Duty Manager   2001 - 2002

  • This role involved overseeing the day to day operations at the sport centre. I was also involved in some sport development related activities including school liaison and working with a number of governing bodies to set up sport leagues in the centre.