Lecturer in Sport Management

Henry holds a BA (Hons) in Sport and Leisure Studies from De Montfort University, Bedford and gained his PGCE from the University of Portsmouth. He achieved a Merit in his MA in Sport and Development and is currently studying for a PhD with a thesis entitled, ‘A realist evaluation of physically active teaching and learning in UK Primary Schools’.

He developed a career in sport related arenas where his passion for sport coaching and management really flourished. He subsequently embarked on a teaching career in PE and Sport combining teaching commitments with rugby coaching.  He has been teaching for nearly 20 years and has developed many effective links with industry, enhancing the student experience and their employability prospects.

About Henry
Area of Expertise:

Sport Coaching

Sport Development

Sport Management

Monitoring and Evaluation

Leadership and Management

Teaching/Research Interests:

Sport Management

Mental Wealth

Research Methods

Physical Education

School based physical activity


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


BA (hons) Sport Studies & Leisure Studies

PGCE (Post Compulsory Education)

MA Sport and Development

PGCert Research Methods

MPhil/PhD (to be completed) – An evaluation of physically active learning in UK primary schools


Book Chapters

Dorling, H & Mwaanga, O (2017) SDP and Health–Non-Communicable Diseases; a move towards physical activity for health. Chapter submitted for Routledge SDP Handbook (published 2018)
Dorling, H (2021) Evaluation in education settings; (Forthcoming) chapter in Evaluation in Sport and Leisure, Routledge

Journal Papers

Dorling, H,. Mwaanga, O,. &Jones, M.A. (2020) Implementing physically active teaching and learning in primary school curricula; Education 3-13 Published online September 13th 2020
Mwaanga, O., Dorling, H., Fleet, M., & Prince, S,. (2018) Physically Active Teaching & Learning (PATL) Pedagogy: An Innovative and Holistic Policy response. Managing Sport and Leisure; Volume 23, 2018-Issue 4-6:pp 408-421
Daly-Smith, A., Quarmby, T., Archbold, V. ,Routen, A., Morris, J., Gammon, C., Bartholomew, J., KåreResaland, G. ,Llewellyn, B., Allman, R., Dorling, H (2019) Implementing physically active learning: Future directions for research, policy, and practice. Journal of Sport and Health Science Published online 24th May 2019
Koorts, H., Cassar, S., Salmon, J., Lawrence, M., Salmon, P. & Dorling, H., ( 2019) Mechanisms of scale up: Combining a realist perspective and systems map to understand scaled up physical activity and nutrition interventions (In review) International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity
Dorling, H (2016) A move towards movement. PHE Journal Canada (online) Vol 82Issue 2 June 2016

Journal Paper and Book Reviews

The impact of physically active learning during the school day on children’s physical activity levels, time on task and learning behaviours and academic outcomes. Paper Review for Health Education Journal December 2020
Sport and Health–exploring the current state of play; book review for International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics April 2018
‘Student teachers’ and in-service teachers’ peer learning: A realist synthesis;’ Journal Review for Educational Research and Evaluation November 2018
‘Sport Programmes for Socially Disadvantaged People in the Netherlands: Improvements in Psychosocial and Life Domains’ Journal Review for Sport in Society; March 2018

Industry/Academic Publications

Dorling, H (2018) How Active is physical activity for children? Sport Examined online February 2018
Dorling, H (2017) The EQ Games Based Coaching Model. Connected Coaches online February 2017
Dorling, H (2015) Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU)–are all coaches playing the game? Connected Coaches online November 2015
Dorling, H (2014) The Importance of the School Environment. UKEd Chat online October 2014
Dorling, H (2014) The Rise of the Social Coach. Inside Coaching Magazine-Spring Edition
Selected Conference Presentations
‘A Realist Evaluation of an integrated Physically Active Teaching and Learning (PATL) model’ International Association for Critical Realism Annual Conference, Southampton University, UK, July 31st–August 2nd 2019
‘A realist evaluation of EduMove; an integrated physically active teaching and learning (PATL) model’ Active Learning Symposium, Leeds Beckett University, October 18th2017
‘A realist evaluation of EduMove; an integrated physically active teaching and learning (PATL) model’ International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Annual Conference, Victoria University, Victoria, Canada June 7th–10th2017
‘A realist evaluation of EduMove; an integrated physically active teaching and learning model (PATL)’ Poster Presentation, The 2nd International CARES Conference, Barbican Centre, London, October 2nd–5th 2016
‘Pupil perceptions of a more active and movement centred pedagogy in teaching and learning’ Oral Presentation, Leisure Studies Association Conference (LSA),Bournemouth University, July 7th-9th 2015
‘Active and outdoor learning; a study of pedagogical approaches for teaching core curriculum subjects and promoting physical activity in primary schools’ Poster presentation, European Sports Development Network Conference(ESDN), University of Wolverhampton, September 9th 2014
‘Active and outdoor learning; a study of pedagogical approaches for teaching core curriculum subjects and promoting physical activity in primary schools’ European College of Sport Science Conference(ECSS), Amsterdam, July 2nd 2014
‘A study to assess the EduMove curriculum intervention to determine the efficacy of the processes and mechanisms of utilising movement games as a method to teach core subjects in Primary Schools’ Leisure Studies Association Conference(LSA), University of the West of Scotland, Glasgow, July 7th 2014

Expertise in industry:

Rugby Development (Hampshire Rugby)

Sport Club Management (Winchester Rugby Club)

Community Development (Southampton City)

Coaching and Leadership (England Rugby)

Project Management (NHS funded project)

Funded Research and Evaluations  (various industry partners)

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