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Staff Profile

Simon Kumar

Lecturer in Physical Education and Youth Sport

Simon Kumar

I graduated from York St John University with a first class degree in (BA) Sports Studies. After completing a Masters in Practitioner Research, I am currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate of Education.

I re-joined York St John University as a lecturer in 2015 after teaching for a number of years in primary education as a teacher specialising in Physical Education.

I also have a background in disability sport development, personal training, sports coaching, secondary school sport development and the Armed Forces. I was also the founder of inclusive sport at York St John University, something which still runs today.


I currently teach across a number of modules:

L2 Key Pedagogical Behaviors of Sport Educators (Module Director)

L2 Pedagogical Processes in Physical Education and Sports Coaching (Module Director)

L1 & 2 Academic Tutor.

Alongside teaching, I also act as a supervisor for dissertation projects.


I am currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate of Education.

My current research examines the subject of Physical Education within the Primary environment and teaching practices. Current research focuses on the value of Physical Education within Primary Initial Teacher Training and the primary school environment.

Additional research interests are PE pedagogy and inclusive PE and sport.


Publications and conferences


Peer-reviewed publications 

Garratt, Dean and Kumar, Simon (2019) Physical Education, Citizenship and Social Justice: A Position Statement. Quest, 71 (2). pp. 188-201.

Madigan, Daniel J., Hill, Andrew P. , Anstiss, Paul A., Mallinson-Howard, Sarah H.  and Kumar, Simon (2018) Perfectionism and Training Distress in Junior Athletes: The Mediating Role of Coping Tendencies. European Journal of Sport Science.

Watson, Nick J. and Kumar, Simon (2017) Sport, Theology, and the Special Olympics: A Christian Theological Reflection. Journal of Disability & Religion, 21 (2). pp. 245-256.

Smith, A. Kumar, S. (April 2012) What is the Future of Sport? Easter 2012 Issue of The Leisure Review.

Book Chapters

Watson, Nick J. and Kumar, Simon (2018) Sport, Theology, and the Special Olympics: A Christian Theological Reflection. In: Watson, Nick J., Hargaden, Kevin and Brock, Brian, (eds.) Theology, Disability and Sport: Social Justice Perspectives. Routledge.

Conference Presentations

Rand, J., and Kumar, S. (September 2016) Dimensions of knowng: conceptualising training primary teachers’ understanding(s) of PE. Paper presented at the 2nd Research Reflections conference. York St John University.


Professional Activities

Physical Education school consultancy

Sport Leaders UK Tutor - Level 5/6 Professional Qualifications in Primary School Physical Education Specialism and Subject Leadership

ECB Coach Developer

Fitness instructing

Cricket Coaching


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy             

International Physical Literacy Association

Youth Sports Trust

England & Wales Cricket Board

Football Association




Currently studying Professional Doctorate of Education

Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice

MA Practitioner Research

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Post Graduate Certificate in Education  (PGCE)

BA (First Class Honours) Sport Studies

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