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Lisa Binney, Senior Lecturer

Lisa Binney

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Sciences


In September 2012 Lisa took on the role of senior lecturer in sport policy and strategic sports development at Solent University and she is now using her experience in the field to help educate future industry practitioners. Sport has always been an integral part of her life as she has competed and coached at county, regional and national level in both swimming and basketball. From an early age Lisa knew she wanted to teach and subsequently trained as a secondary PE teacher at Exeter University. Following achieving a First Class Joint Honours degree she immediately took on the role of a full time PE teacher, progressing to subject leader and head of department.

Lisa has always held a keen interest in ‘policy’ and its impact on PE and sports development at both grassroots and elite level. Hence following the introduction of the government funded School Sport Partnership programme in 2003, she took a leap of faith and left the world of teaching in order to work within the industry as a partnership development manager. Additionally, in 2011 she undertook a twelve month practice-based research project involving a period of time in Africa researching ‘The Power of Sport’ within disadvantaged communities, and in the USA researching their Olympic and Paralympic legacy.

Taught courses

Further information

Industry experience

Lisa has seven years' industry management experience within the Government-funded School Sport Partnership Programme. Her role involved developing strategic partnerships between the education sector and the sports industry such as county sport partnerships, national governing bodies, local authorities, sport and physical activity alliances and other key delivery agencies.

She also attained significant experience as a Youth Sport Trust specialist fellow within the Clore Social Leadership Programme (CSLP).

Teaching experience

With over 20 years’ educational experience working across the whole of the sector, Lisa now utilises her teaching and learning knowledge to support her role as a senior lecturer. Her teaching specialisms include critical debate surrounding physical education and school sport, government policy and industry practice, strategic sports development and sport management.

Unit leader:

  • Level 4: Foundations of PE.
  • Level 4: Introduction to sport management.
  • Level 5: Policy and practices of sports development.
  • Level 5: Sport policy.
  • Level 6: Strategic sports development.

Research interests

Lisa's main research includes evaluating how centrally-based government policy influences sport development at both participation and performance level, specifically within PE and school sport.

Recent publications

Binney, L. (2012) 'The power of sport': a practice based research paper as part of the Clore Social Leadership Programme (CSLP), London

Research contributor to: Dixon, B. (2002) 'Getting into Sport & Fitness' (2nd Edition), Trotman, Surrey.


Lisa was awarded a DfES Best Practice Research Scholarship (2006-07) and is a life fellow of the Clore Social Leadership Programme (CSLP) (2010).