Staff Profiles: Simon Padley

Simon Padley

Staff Profile: Simon Padley
Academic Course Leader Sports Coaching

Simon Padley

Simon Padley

Academic Course Leader Sports Coaching

Sport and Exercise

I am a passionate sports coach working at various levels within hockey. I believe we have a responsibility to open everyone's eyes to the beauty of sport and physical activity throughout their life.

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I am passionate about sport having played hockey at National League level and coached for over 20 years. I now compete in triathlon and various endurance events for Team Passion Fit and love taking my family on adventures in the outdoors. I regularly train teachers around physical literacy concepts and games based approaches to teaching and coaching.


Award Title Institution Date
BSc (Hons) Sport and Physical Education (1st Class) UWIC 2001
MA Sport and Christian Outreach (Distinction) University of Gloucestershire 2008
PGCert Higher Education Leadership and Management (Distinction) University of Gloucestershire 2015


EHB Level 2 (Level 3 pending)

ECB Level 1

FA Level 1

SAQ Accredited


Staff Excellence award winners (Sports coaching) 2010, 2011

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

International Physical Literacy Association

Teaching and research


I teach across the Sports Coaching and PE programmes from Foundation Degree through to Masters level


Undergraduate, Postgraduate


Simon's research interests are varied including commissioned research with Sports Coach UK. Simon has lead internal staff teams in research around physical literacy, situated learning theory and primary education. Simon has published both journal articles and book chapters and presented at various conferences around pedagogy, faith and sport, coaching policy, innovative technologies and physical literacy.

External responsibilities

Simon sits on various external executive committees, forms part of the research team for the International Physical Literacy Association and delivers CPD for primary teachers and coaches.

Subjects for media interviews

Sports Coaching and innovative approaches

Competition ethics

Physical Literacy

Sport and Faith

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