Professor Camilla Knight

Professor, Sports and Exercise Sciences

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Dr Camilla Knight has been working at Swansea University for the last 7 years, after completing her BSc and MSc at Loughborough University, and PhD and postdoctoral position at the University of Alberta in Canada. She is also the lead of the Welsh Research Advisory and Evaluation group for the Child Protection in Sport Unit, a member of the Welsh Safeguarding in Sport Strategy group, and the Youth Sport lead for the Welsh Institute of Performance Science.

Camilla's research interests are concerned with understanding and enhancing the psychosocial experiences of children in sport, with a particular focus upon the influence of parents. She is the co-author of “Parenting in youth sport: From Research to Practice” (Routledge, 2014) and co-editor of “Sport Psychology for Young Athletes” (Routledge, 2017). She has also published widely on topics such as parents’ experiences in sport, parental involvement in sport, youth sport participation, and parent-coach relations.

In addition to her research, Camilla works closely with a number of national and international sports organisations regarding parental involvement in sport and works with a number of young athletes, parents, and coaches to help enhance their experiences and performance within youth sport. She is also a BASES accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist (Psychology) and enjoys working with youth athletes to enhance their psychological development.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Parental involvement in youth sport
  • Parents’ experiences in youth sport
  • Experiences of youth athletes
  • Optimising youth sport experiences
  • Safeguarding children in sport
  • Qualitative Research

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Camilla enjoys teaching on all topics relating to Sport Psychology, but particularly within the areas of youth sport. Additionally, she is passionate about teaching about qualitative research and social science research more broadly. Her teaching in these areas spans both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.


Camilla is involved in a large range of research projects including:

  • Parenting on the sidelines: An examination of parents’ emotional responses during academy rugby matches
  • Social support requirements of elite rugby players and parents
  • Development, implementation and evaluation of parent support programmes for academy footballers
  • Enhancing the health and wellbeing of high-performance swimmers
  • Understanding parents’ perspectives of safeguarding in sport
  • Enhancing the enjoyment and safety of young people in sport
  • Realist evaluation of a multi-component programme for at risk young people
  • The role of sport in the development and management of addictive behaviours
  • Using Shared Reality Theory to understand coach-athlete relationships

Specific insights into her work are available through the below videos:


Camilla collaborates with partners across a range of sports organisations and bodies, including:

  • British Gymnastics
  • British Cycling
  • NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit
  • Lawn Tennis Association
  • Rugby Football Union
  • Sport Wales
  • Sport Northern Ireland
  • International Centre for Ethics in Sport
  • Swansea City Football Club
  • Swim Wales
  • Welsh Rugby Union 

She also works closely with colleagues at a number of different universities including:

  • Loughborough University
  • Anglia Rushkin University
  • Cardiff Met University
  • Edge Hill University
  • Wolverhampton University
  • The Families in Sport Lab, Utah State, USA
  • Child and Adolescent Sport Lab, University of Alberta, Canada
  • SHAPE research lab, Flinders University, Australia
  • Norwegian School of Sport Science
  • Grenoble University, France
  • University of Agder, Norway