Declan Hamblin


I am Course Lead for the Secondary PGCE Programme having previously worked with numerous London school staff as part of a school sport partnership and led school departments and been a Borough Advisor for physical education. I am an experienced tutor in teacher and coach education courses. I am former Vice-Chair of the Association for Physical Education. I am able to foster strategic partnerships for reciprocal gain, be it with community or national bodies. My extensive overseas experience has seen me work in pre-school settings right through to university. My pragmatic approach facilitates projects from conception through to sustainability.

I am a doctoral student who is interested in researching the inclusivity of physical education for all communities using the Meaningful Physical Education framework.

I mainly teach within the Secondary PGCE Physical Education programme and am determined to ensure physical education is a fantastic experience for all to engage and flourish in.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer


  • PGCE Secondary Physical Education
  • BA (Hons) Physical Education & Recreation with Business Management & Administration
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching

Teaching and learning


I am currently studying for my professional doctorate in education exploring the use of how the Meaningful Physical Education framework can make the subject more inclusive. In addition, I am a member of an international Community of Practice researching Meaningful Physical Education using self-study (Sep. 2021–Sep. 2023). In 2009 I won a Goldsmith's Company Grant for Teachers Award to enable research into Olympic Host City youth participation and in 2004 I was awarded an ESU Walter Hines Page Scholarship to study behaviour management in Physical Education in the USA.

Qualifications and expertise

  • Using Meaningful Physical Education in Teacher Education
  • Inclusive Physical Education
  • Mentoring in Physical Education

Scholarly affiliations

  • Member of the Association for Physical Education
  • Member of the Chartered College of Teaching
  • Member of International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP)
  • Member of the International Physical Literacy Association


Number of items: 13.


Hamblin, Declan, Beckey, Alex and (2022) Target setting : mentoring in physical education. Physical Education Matters, Summer, pp. 72-74. ISSN (online) 1751-0988

Beckey, Alex, Gumbrell, David and Hamblin, Declan (2022) Open all hours. Physical Education Matters, Spring, pp. 66-68. ISSN (online) 1751-0988

Beckey, Alex, Hamblin, Declan and (2022) The review process : mentoring in physical education. Physical Education Matters, Spring, pp. 75-77. ISSN (online) 1751-0988

Beckey, Alex and Hamblin, Declan (2022) The metaphor of a jigsaw puzzle as a pedagogy of PE teacher education. Impact, 14,

Hamblin, Declan [Reviewer] (2021) Book Review of: 'Debates in physical education' by Susan Capel and Richard Blair (eds.). Physical Education Matters, Autumn, p. 94. ISSN (online) 1751-0988

Hamblin, Declan, Beckey, Alex and (2021) Gradually removing the stabilisers : mentoring in physical education. Physical Education Matters, Autumn, pp. 60-62. ISSN (online) 1751-0988

Book Section

Hamblin, Declan (2021) Inclusive practice in physical education, sport and activity. In: Peters, M.A., (ed.) Encyclopedia of teacher education. Singapore : Springer. pp. 1-6. ISBN 9789811311796

Hamblin, Declan (2020) Managing your workload, resilience, health and well-being. In: Capel, Susan , Cliffe, Joanne and Lawrence, Julia, (eds.) A practical guide to teaching physical education in the secondary school. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 305-318. (Routledge Teaching Guides) ISBN 9780367183936

Moving Image/Broadcast

Beckey, Alex [Presenter] and Hamblin, Declan [Presenter] (2022) Making sense of meaningful physical education. (Webcast).

Hamblin, Declan [Presenter] (2022) The metaphor of a jigsaw puzzle as a pedagogy of PE Teacher Education. (Webcast).

Hamblin, Declan [Presenter] and Beckey, Alex [Presenter] (2021) Feedback guidance for PGCE PE mentors. (Webcast).

Sound Recording

Dryer, Greg, Hamblin, Declan and Beckey, Alex Beyond the square. (podcast).

Database or Web Resource

Dryer, Greg, Hamblin, Declan and Beckey, Alex Centre for Physical Education, Sport and Activity (CPESA) Blog.

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Business, knowledge transfer and international

I have exceptional interpersonal skills and communicate effectively. I have arranged team development days for School Sport Partnerships, Teach Meet events, produced podcasts, written blogs along with establishing a Practitioner's Network. I am a Tutor for educational programmes for England Athletics and the Youth Sport Trust. All these events, in addition to my teaching responsibilities at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, have allowed me to refine my coordination, organisational and communication skills to ensure learner feedback is positive.

I have provided consultancy work for a new school to plan their physical education curriculum, engaged in work for the Youth Sport Trust in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to develop the knowledge and expertise of their leading PE practitioners and my time in the Caribbean led to many opportunities to collaborate, engaging with public and private funding to achieve goals, for example, the redevelopment of Eden Park Sports Park, St. Mary, Jamaica.

Qualifications and PROFESSIONAL expertise

  • World Athletics (IAAF) CECS Level III coach

Areas of interest

  • Physical Education Teacher Education
  • Teaching Track & Field (Athletics)

Industry links

  • Youth Sport Trust Learning Academy Tutor
  • England Athletics Tutor

Videos of my work

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