Centre for Physical Education, Sport and Activity (CPESA)

Our mission

We are determined to make Physical Education, Sport and Activity (PESA) brilliant for all young people. Our mission is to establish a world-class centre to transform the way all children and young people engage with physical education, sport and activity through aligning excellent teaching, research and practice.

Academic learning

Our courses support our mission statement by giving people working in PESA the skills, knowledge and understanding to be able to apply research and theory in order to deliver exceptional PESA experiences to all children.

We run an innovative work-based PESA degree programme for people working or wishing to work in PESA settings - FdA leading to BA (Hons) in Physical Education, Sport and Activity (PESA).

Upon completion of the FdA there is also an option to undertake the Physical Education, Sport and Activity BA (Hons) top-up year which allows students the opportunity to achieve a degree award whilst remaining in employment.

If you would like to learn more about our academic courses, then please feel free to contact us.

Academic learning

Professional learning

We work with pre-service teachers and we offer professional development to in-service teachers and coaches; these programmes are delivered by our team of experts in CPESA.

For schools we offer whole school bespoke consultancy. Some of the themes we help schools and clubs develop are:

  • Staff development
  • Curriculum development
  • Assessment
  • PE for every child
  • Developing a healthy school

We also host a free PESA Practitioner Network in London Bridge for those who want to learn about and apply cutting edge theory and research in their practice. If you are interested in joining this network please contact us.

If you are interested in developing a bespoke programme at your school, then get in touch CPESA@kingston.ac.uk.

We are currently delivering the following professional learning programmes with our local partners:

Move. Learn. Grow.

A school sports partnership with Harlequins Foundation, Kingston University and Sport Impact to deliver bespoke physical activity support packages to local primary schools.

Active Schools with Active Surrey

Bespoke PE teacher training programmes and ECT (Early Career Teachers) support via the Active Schools Membership package.

Level 5 Certificate in Primary PE Specialism at Active Surrey

Endorsed by the Association for PE and accredited by Sports Leaders.

Professional learning


We have developed some great resources to help teachers and coaches deliver fantastic PE and sport.

  • mi move: mi move is an interactive, easy-to-use tool to support coaches and teachers develop children's movement competency.

Children's PESA services

We will be developing a range of services that will ensure more children are more active. These will include events, camps and clubs.  If you are interested in our children's PESA services, please get in touch.

Children's PESA services

Meet the team

Greg Dryer, Director of the CPESA

Greg Dryer, Director of the CPESA

Greg Dryer, Director of the CPESA

M. Ed, BA (Hons) with QTS specialising in Physical Education, CPE, LPC

The CPESA is Greg's big idea.

Greg was Head of PE in three London schools. He has extensive experience in physical education and sport working with three year olds through to postgraduates. His career mission is to make all forms of physical activity and the benefits they bring, available to all young people by breaking down barriers, transforming teaching and coaching to ensure that practitioners in the field are aware of inclusive practices.

His academic interests are in curriculum design, critical pedagogy, behaviour economics, critical race theory, intersectionality and PESA.

You can follow Greg on Twitter @greg_dryer or contact him using the details below.

Declan Hamblin, Course Leader for PE Teacher Education (PGCE)

Declan Hamblin, Course Leader for PE Teacher Education (PGCE)

Declan Hamblin, Course Leader for PE Teacher Education (PGCE)

PGCE Secondary Physical Education, BA (Hons) Physical Education & Recreation with Business Management & Administration

Declan has worked with numerous London school staff as part of a school sport partnership and through teacher education. He has led departments and been a Borough Advisor for PE. He is an experienced tutor in teacher and coach education courses. He is a former Vice-Chair of the Association for PE. He is able to foster strategic partnerships for reciprocal gain, be it with community or national bodies. His extensive overseas experience has seen him work in pre-school settings right through to university. His pragmatic approach facilitates projects from conception through to sustainability.

Declan is a doctoral student who is interested in researching the inclusivity of physical education for all communities.

He is determined to ensure the Centre makes PESA a fantastic experience for all to engage and flourish in.

You can follow Declan on Twitter @HamblinDec or contact him using the details below.

Alex Beckey, Lecturer in PE, Sport and Physical Activity

Alex Beckey, Lecturer in PE, Sport and Physical Activity

Alex Beckey, Lecturer in PE, Sport and Physical Activity

BSc in Sports Science, PGCE in Secondary Physical Education, MA in Educational Leadership

Alex has been a secondary PE teacher, Head of PE and Director of Sport for the last 17 years, working both in the state and independent sector. He holds an MA in Educational Leadership and is currently working on his MSc in PE and Sport Pedagogy at Birmingham University. Alex has a wealth of practical experience, especially with implementing models-based practice, Game Sense and meaningful experiences in PE.

As CPESA's participation specialist Alex wants to build close partnerships with schools, youth sports clubs and physical activity providers to ensure more children get the best possible experience they can and find an important place for daily movement throughout their life.

You can follow Alex on Twitter @ImSporticus or contact him using the details below.

Rosemary Cross, Operations Manager

Rosemary Cross, Operations Manager

Rosemary Cross, Operations Manager

GDipEd, BA, BSocSc

Rosemary has a diverse range of professional experience in office and project management roles, having worked for companies such as the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, the British Film Institute and HarperCollins Publishers. Rosemary enjoys bringing her professional skills and personal love of physical activity together to ensure the smooth running of the Centre.

Work with us

We are always looking to work in partnership with individuals and organisations who share our values. Contact us to tell us about any projects or ideas on which you might like to collaborate. If you are interested in working at the CPESA, send us your CV and we'll contact you if and when we have positions available.

Contact us

Greg Dryer
Director of the CPESA

Declan Hamblin
Course leader for PE teacher education (PGCE)

For general enquiries email: CPESA@kingston.ac.uk