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Chris Heaney

Senior Lecturer

Chris is a dedicated outdoor enthusiast who has used his passion for the outdoors to forge a diverse and challenging career path. He began as an outdoor and adventure education instructor in the North of England before leading and coaching groups in wilderness environments across Europe and North America. Taking advantage of his outdoor experiences Chris developed a diverse range of leading and coaching qualifications early on in life, aided by a strong competitive background in adventure sports. Upon completion of his BCU Level 5 Coach Award he took the opportunity to work further afield, taking a post with Colorado Outward Bound School leading groups through the spectacular Mountains, Deserts and Canyons of the American Midwest and working with 'young people at risk' on the outskirts of New York. Using both adventure education and other diversionary activities, he established a successful alternative education programme for young people who were previously unable to sustain mainstream school.

Chris has worked extensively in Further Education teaching on Sport, Adventure Education and Uniformed Service programmes as well as being instrumental in the development of the Foundation Degree in Outdoor Leadership at the University of Teesside. He mainly contributes to the applied aspects of adventure provision, including subjects such as adventure sports coaching, expedition skills & philosophy, understanding performance and pedagogical Skills. He also authored the chapter on 'Enhancing professional development for the adventure educator' in 'Adventure Education: An Introduction'.

Chris also contributes to the development of coach education as a National Trainer for the BCU. An all rounder in the water, in recent years he has enjoyed trips surfing along the west coast of Europe and North Africa, as well as white water paddling and rafting in the European Alps, Grand Canyon and Himalaya.