Helen Mann

Helen Mann MA (Ed), BSc (Hons), PG Cert

Senior Lecturer


Helen has been a Senior Lecturer in the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity since 2002. Her specialist areas are within the Sport Development and Sport Coaching environments having had significant experience in those industries working for Local Authorities, National Governing Bodies of Sport (England Basketball, GB and England Hockey) and the National coaching development agency, UK Coaching. Helen continues to be an active Coach Education tutor for both UK Coaching and England Hockey. She has also volunteered at numerous sporting events including the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2002 Commonwealth Games as part of the media team. Helen's specific areas of interest include ' the physical literacy lifecycle', coaching children pedagogies and professional skill development. She has also worked collaboratively with international partners in her role such as The Tanzanian National Sports Council and the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) in Hong Kong to both develop and enhance opportunities for students.




I teach across various programmes within the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity (both undergraduate and post graduate) but predominantly Sport Development and Sport Coaching courses due to my industry experience and interests. My teaching philosophy is focussed upon 'learner centred' approaches with a drive towards developing confident, creative, resilient and autonomous graduates. I believe this is paramount in the dynamic and challenging world in which we live. As well as my involvement at SHU, longitudinal experience of working with other Higher Education institutions through both External Examiner and collaborative roles allows me to appreciate the importance of maintaining professional standards and to strive for excellence in my own practice. I am a strong advocate of self-improvement throughout the learners journey.



Current areas of interest include physical literacy of young people and the multi skills environment. I also manage the international 'UK Sport IDEALS programme' which involves student placement opportunities in Tanzania.


Academy of Sport and Physical Activity

College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

Level 3 Multi-skills Coaching Award Technical Advisory Group member (Feb 2021), working with UK Coaching 



Sport Development with Coaching, Sport Coaching



  • Sport and Physical Activity Environment
  • Coaching Children and Young People
  • Developing Physical Literacy
  • Developing Professional and Academic Skills
  • Dissertation


Other activities

Previous External Examiner at Liverpool John Moores University, Chichester University, University of Central Lancashire and currently Buckinghamshire New University (2021-2025) for various sport related programmes.



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