Head of Academics, UCFB Manchester Campus

Gerald has worked in education for over 20 years and brings a wealth of Higher Education experience to the team. He is a globally recognised figure in his field of Primary Physical Education and to date has published five books and 40 international peer reviewed journal articles.

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Area of expertise
  • Primary Physical Education;
  • Socio-cultural aspects of sport;
  • Ethnographic research.
Teaching & research interests
  • Primary Physical Education;
  • PE and sport premium;
  • Socio-cultural aspects of sport;
  • Alternative sports e.g. Ultimate Frisbee;
  • Ethnographic research.
Accreditation & memberships
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce (FRSA);
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA);
  • Member of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Fit and Healthy Children.
  • PhD Sociological Research, Leicester University;
  • MA Sport, Politics and Society, University of Warwick;
  • BA (Hons) Physical Education with QTS, Lancaster University.
Publications & research
  • Griggs, G. (2004) Soccer hooliganism in England between the wars. The Sport Journal. 7, 3, pp. 1-5.
  • Griggs, G. (2006) Calypso to Collapso: The decline of the West Indies as a cricketting super power. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 30, 3, pp. 306 – 314.
  • Griggs, G. (2007) Physical Education: Primary Matters, Secondary Importance. Education 3 –13, 35, 1, pp. 59 – 69.
  • Griggs, G. and Wheeler, K. (2007) ‘Play up, play up and play the game’: the implications of every child matters within physical education and school sport. Education 3 – 13. 35, 3, pp. 273 – 282.
  • Griggs, G. (2009) ‘The Origins and Development of Ultimate Frisbee in the UK: From creation to recognition’. The Sport Journal, 12, 3.
  • Griggs, G. (2009) ‘Just a sport made up in a car park’: The soft landscape of ultimate Frisbee. Social and Cultural Geography. 10, 7, 757 – 770.
  • Griggs, G. (2009) When a ball dreams, it dreams it’s a Frisbee’: The emergence of aesthetic appreciation within Ultimate Frisbee. Sport in society. 12, 10, 1317 – 1326.
  • Griggs, G. (2010) For Sale – Primary Physical Education. £20 per hour or nearest offer, Education 3 – 13, 38, 1, 39 – 46.
  • Griggs, G. (2009) ‘What you risk reveals what you value’: Fostering creativity in primary Physical Education. Education 3 – 13, 37,2, 121 – 130.
  • O’Leary, N. and Griggs, G. (2010) Researching the pieces of a puzzle: The use of a jigsaw learning approach in the delivery of undergraduate gymnastics. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 34, 1, 73 – 81.
  • Griggs, G. and Biscomb, K. (2010) Theresa Bennett is 42 ...but what’s new?. Soccer in Society, 11, 5, 668-676
  • Griggs, G. (2011) This must be the only sport in the world where most of the players don’t know the rules’: Operationalising Self refereeing in UK Ultimate Frisbee, Sport in Society, 14, 1, 97 -110.
  • Griggs, G. (2011) Ethnography study of alternative sports by alternative means. List Mining as a method of data collection. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 6,2, 85 - 91
  • Ward, G. and Griggs, G. (2011) Principles of Play: a proposed framework towards a holistic overview of games in primary Physical Education, Education 3 – 13, 39, 5, 499 – 516.
  • Griggs, G. and McGregor, D. (2011) Scaffolding creativity: Reflecting on practice in order to develop the teaching of undergraduate gymnastics. Journal of further and Higher Education,
  • Cartwright, L., Thomas, L. and Griggs, G., (2011) Reflective practice: its place within the ‘new professionalism’, In D. McGregor (ed) Reflective Practice. Buckingham: OU Press.
  • Griggs, G. and Stidder, G. (2012) Healthism and the obesity discourse: Approaches to inclusive health education through Alternative Physical Education, In G. Stidder and S. Hayes, Equity and Inclusion in Physical Education (2nd Edition). London: Routledge.
  • Griggs, G. (2012) Carlsberg don’t make football teams but if they did... The utopian reporting of FC St Pauli in the British media. Soccer in Society, 13, 1, 73 – 82.
  • Groves, M., Griggs, G., and Leflay, K. (2012) Student initiation ceremonies – A review, Sport in Society, 15, 1, 117 – 131.
  • Biscomb, K. and Griggs, G. (2012) “A Splendid Effort!” – Print Media Reporting of England’s Women’s Performance in the 2009 World Cup Cricket. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, ifirst.
  • Griggs, G. (2012) Standing on the touchline of chaos. Explaining the development of sports coaching in primary schools with the aid of complexity theory. Education 3 – 13. ,  259 – 269.
  • 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.
  • Griggs, G. (2012) Why have alternative sports grown in popularity in the UK? Annals of Leisure Research. , 180 – 187.
  • Griggs, G., Knight, P., Freeman, I.A. and O'Reilly, N. (2012) A vision of London in the 21st Century or just terrifying monsters: A semiotic analysis of the official mascots for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Leisure Studies. , 339 – 354.
  • Griggs, G. and Ward, G. (2012) Physical Education in the UK: Disconnections and Reconnections, Curriculum Journal, 23, 2, 207 – 229.
  • Griggs, G. (ed) (2012) Physical Education in the Primary School: An Introduction. London: Routledge.
  • Griggs, G. and Gibbons, T. (2013) ‘Harry walks, Fabio runs’: reactions of the British print media to Harry Redknapp’s acquittal and Fabio Capello’s resignation, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, ifirst
  • Griggs, G., Leflay, K. and Groves, M. (2013) “Quite possibly something that will never happen again!”: Examining The Mental Postcards of Olympic Spectators, Annals of Leisure Research, ifirst. 
  • Griggs, G. and Ward, G. (2013) The London 2012 Legacy for primary Physical Education: Policy by the Way. Sociological Research Online
  • Mackintosh, C., Cookson, G., and Griggs, G. (2014) Reflections on the PING! table tennis initiative: lessons and new directions for sports development?. International Journal of Public Sector Management, 27(2), 3-3.
  • Godoy-Pressland, A. and Griggs, G. (2014) The photographic representation of female athletes in the British print media during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Sport in Society.
  • Griggs, G., Gibbons, T., Rees, T., and Groves, M. (2014) Allez Wiggo! A case study on the reaction of the British print media to Bradley Wiggins victory in the Tour de France, International Journal of Sport Communication, 7,1, 113 – 125.
  • Knight, P., Freeman, I., Griggs, G. and O’Reilly, N. (2014) Semiotic representations of Olympic mascots revisited. Virtual mascots of the games 2006-2012. International Journal of Event and Festival Management, 5, 1, 74-92.
  • Groves, M. and Griggs, G. (2014) Riding in the shadows: The reaction of the British print media to Chris Froome’s victory in 2013 Tour de France. International Review for the Sociology of Sport.
  • Leflay, K., Griggs, G., and Biscomb, K. (2015). Through the Fire: the project kids of Coney Island. Sport in Society18(1), 80-90. 
  • Medcalf, R., and Griggs, G. (2015) “I Never Saw Him Play but We Were the Best of Friends for Years” A Case Study Exploring the Pseudosocial Relationships of Football Manager Bloggers. Communication and Sport, 3(3), 334-347.
  • Godoy-Pressland, A. and Griggs, G. (2015) London 2012: The Women’s Games? Examining the Photographic Evidence. In The Impact of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: Diminishing Contrasts, Increasing Varieties. Palgrave Macmillan UK.
  • Griggs, G. and Medcalf, R (2015) Inclusive Pedagogy in Physical Education, In J.M. Deppeler, T. Loreman, R. Smith and L. Florian. Inclusive Pedagogy across the Curriculum. London: Emerald.
  • Griggs, G. (ed) (2015) Understanding Primary Physical Education. London: Routledge. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9781134471898
  • Biscomb, K., Medcalf, R. and Griggs, G. (eds) (2016) Current Issues in Contemporary Sport Development. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. https://books.google.co.uk/books?hl=en&lr=&id=biL5DAAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PR5&dq=info:pTx0MgUq1wIJ:scholar.google.com&ots=Y6_Ln2qBDM&sig=4OnKuVnQHQM4ZoybvoTxNmG60nQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false
  • Griggs, G., and Petrie, K. (2016) Education 3-13–Contemporary issues in international primary physical education. Education 3-13. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03004279.2016.1169481?journalCode=rett20
  • Griggs, G. (2016) Spending the Primary Physical Education and Sport Premium: a West Midlands case study. Education 3-13, 44(5), 547-555. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03004279.2016.1169485
  • Griggs, G., and Petrie, K. (Eds.). (2017) Routledge Handbook of Primary Physical Education. Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Handbook-of-Primary-Physical-Education/Griggs-Petrie/p/book/9781138682344
  • Petrie, K., and Griggs, G. (2017) EPER special issue–Primary physical education. European Physical Education Review. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1356336X17702137?journalCode=epea
  • Ward, G., and Griggs, G. (2018) Primary physical education: A memetic perspective. European Physical Education Review24(4), 400-417. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1356336X16676451
  • Griggs, G. (2018) Investigating provision and impact of the primary Physical Education and Sport Premium: a West Midlands case study. Education 3-1346(5), 517-524. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03004279.2017.1291699
  • Griggs, G., and Randall, V. (2018) Primary physical education subject leadership: along the road from in-house solutions to outsourcing. Education 3-13, 1-14. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03004279.2018.1520277
Expertise in industry
  • Primary classroom teaching experience;
  • Mentoring primary trainees in schools;
  • CPD delivery across institutions;
  • Over twenty years working in education with the last 16 years in Higher Education;
  • Globally recognised author.
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