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Henry  Dorling

Henry Dorling

Senior Lecturer

School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

023 8201 3506 ext. 3506 Room no. RM203D

Biography

Henry is a senior lecturer at Solent University and teaches a number of units including: principles of sport development, introduction to sport management, coaching and community development, and principles of coaching. He is unit leader for coaching and volunteering for sport development and is also responsible for the welfare and management of first year BA (Hons) Sport Coaching and Development students. He graduated with a BA (Hons) in sport and leisure studies from De Montfort University, Bedford (now the University of Bedfordshire), an MA in sport and development from Solent University and gained his PGCE from the University of Portsmouth.

Henry has cultivated a career in sport-related arenas where his passion for sport coaching and development has really flourished. In his role as community development officer at Winchester Rugby Club, he was responsible for the design and delivery of the school's TAG rugby programmes as well as strategic management of the club itself, from pitch requirements to functions and sponsorship deals. Throughout this time, his passion for coaching and teaching became evident. Henry subsequently embarked on a teaching career in PE and sport combining his teaching commitments with coaching rugby. He created effective partnerships with national governing bodies, local authorities and local sports organisations earning college accreditation from the RFU for his work with external partners. Henry has ten years experience teaching in a variety of environments delivering on BTEC, HND, A-level and degree programmes.

Outside of work, Henry enjoys a busy lifestyle spending time with his wife and his three young children.

Taught courses

Further information

  1. Industry experience

    Henry has extensive coaching experience in a variety of sports, having achieved Level 1 NGB awards in football, cricket and basketball...

    Henry has extensive coaching experience in a variety of sports, having achieved Level 1 NGB awards in football, cricket and basketball. The majority of his coaching, however, is in rugby where he holds an RFU Level 2 Coaching Award. He is also a qualified RFU coach developer. Henry has coached teams at college level, Hampshire under 18’s and Winchester 1st XV senior level developing a participant-centred game approach creating a fun, yet productive, environment for the players to develop.

    Henry has been an external consultant for the Wessex PE Group since 2012, advising on how best to develop the link between local colleges and the University. He has also been a member of the Hampshire Schools Rugby Committee influencing and shaping the development of rugby across the county.

  2. Research interests

    As an early career researcher, Henry is developing his areas of academic interest. During his master's degree he produced a dissertation entitled...

    As an early career researcher, Henry is developing his areas of academic interest. During his master's degree he produced a dissertation entitled 'An investigation into the effectiveness of the EduMove programme' with a view to a longer term research project which would ascertain the impact of using movement games to teach core academic subjects in primary schools.

    Currently his research has developed into looking how more movement based approaches in a primary school classroom may impact on pupils’ physical activity levels, health and wellbeing and attainment levels with a view to influencing teacher training provision.

    Henry also has an interest in pursuing the area of coach education and exploring the implications around the 'social coach' and how national governing bodies support this area. He is also passionate about the idea of the student as a sport development practitioner, constructing the curriculum to embrace employability and real world development skills and opportunities.

  3. Recent publications

    Henry's recent publications include magazine articles, his thesis and conferences. For more information, follow the link below...

    Publications

    Dorling, H. (2014) 'The Rise of the Social Coach.' Inside Coaching Magazine - Spring Edition.

    Dorling, H. (2013) 'A study to assess the EduMove curriculum intervention to determine the efficacy of the processes and mechanisms of the programme'. MA thesis Southampton Solent University, Southampton, UK.

    Conferences

    ‘Pupil perceptions of a more active and movement centred pedagogy in teaching and learning in primary school curricula’ Workshop session at the European Sports Development Network Conference, Leeds Trinity University, September 3rd 2015.

    ‘Pupil perceptions of a more active and movement centred pedagogy in teaching and learning in primary school curricula’ Presentation at the Leisure Studies Association Conference, University of Bournemouth, July 7th-9th 2015.

    ‘Pupil perceptions of a more active and movement centred pedagogy in teaching and learning in primary school curricula’ Poster Presentation at The International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity Conference, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, June 3rd-6th 2015.

    ‘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, 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, University of the West of Scotland, Glasgow, July 7th 2014.

    ‘The impact of a more active and outdoor learning based pedagogy in the primary school curriculum’ Henry Dorling, FBSE Research and Enterprise Conference, May 2014.

    ‘The impact of a more active and outdoor learning based pedagogy in the primary school curriculum’ Henry Dorling, FBSE Health and Wellbeing Network, May 2014.

    ‘Enhancing learning through technology: Applying social media to the student experience’. Kevin Harris and Henry Dorling, The Solent Teaching and Learning Conference, March, 2013.

    ‘The EduMove Programme’ Henry Dorling and Oscar Mwaanga, The Outdoor and Experiential Learning Network, Plymouth University May 2013.

    ‘The Southampton Solent Coaching Innovation Programme: developing the student sport development practitioner.‘  Henry Dorling and Kevin Harris HEA Social Sciences Workshop Series - Enterprise, employability and experiential learning in sport and leisure, University of Gloucester May 2013.

    ‘The Southampton Solent Coaching Innovation Programme: developing the student sport development practitioner.‘Henry Dorling and Kevin Harris, Student as Producer Conference, University of Lincoln, June 2013.

    ‘EduMove: Examining the mechanisms and impact of an innovative movement orientated pedagogical approach for teaching core school subjects and promoting physical activity.’ Oscar Mwaanga and Henry Dorling, FBSE Research and Enterprise Conference, June 2013.