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Craig Pulling

Senior Lecturer in Physical Education

Craig is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education.

Craig joined the University of Chichester in the summer of 2009, having previously worked as a physical education teacher in a local secondary school. Craig teaches on a number of undergraduate programmes within the Institute of Sport including: BA (Hons) Physical Education (Secondary QTS); BA (Hons) Physical Education and Sports Coaching; BA (Hons) Physical Education (Primary Years) and BA (Hons) Physical Education (Secondary Years) undergraduate degrees. Craig also teaches on the Secondary PGCE (Physical Education) programme and the MA Sport Pedagogy and Physical Education. Craig's main research interest is focused on the in-class behaviours displayed by physical education teachers. Outside of work, Craig enjoys running and playing football.


  • 2018 -   Present, PhD The Measurement of Physical Education Teachers’ Pedagogical Behaviours, University of Chichester
  • 2010-2012, MSc Sport and Exercise Biomechanics, University of Chichester
  • 2008-2010, Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Education Studies, University of Brighton
  • 2006-2007, PGCE Secondary (Physical Education), University of Chichester
  • 2002-2005, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, University of Portsmouth
  • Fellowship, Higher Education Authority



  • Cooper, D. & Pulling, C. (2020). The impact of ball recovery type, location of ball recovery and duration of possession on the outcomes of possessions in the English Premier League and the Spanish La Liga. Science and Medicine in Football.
  • Pulling, C., Eldridge, D., Ringshall, E., & Robins, M. T. (2018). Analysis of crossing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 18(4), 657-677.
  • Pulling, C., Kearney, P., Eldridge, D., & Dicks, M. (2018). Exploring football coaches’ perceptions of the introduction, delivery and evaluation of visual exploratory activity. Psychology for Sport and Exercise, 39(11), 81-89.
  • Pulling, C., Eldridge, D., & Warner, J. (2018). Teacher perceptions of sports performance analysis methods within physical education. Physical Education Matters, 13(2), 74-77.
  • Pulling, C., & Newton, J. (2017). Defending corner kicks in the English Premier League: Near-post guard systems. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 17(3), 283-292.
  • Pulling, C., Twitchen, A., & Pettefer, C. (2016). Goal Format in Small-Sided Soccer Games: Technical Actions and Offensive Scenarios of Prepubescent Players. Sports, 53(4).
  • Pulling, C., Eldridge, D., & Lomax, J. (2016). Centre Passes in the UK Netball Super League. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport 16(1), 389-400.
  • Pulling, C. (2015). Long corner kicks in the EPL: Deliveries into the goal area and critical area. International Journal of Fundamental and Applied Kinesiology, 47(2), 193-201.
  • Pulling, C., Bunyan, P., & Sinfield, S. (2015). Observing and analysing performance in adventure sports. In: Adventure Sports Coaching. Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 41-60.
  • Pulling, C., Robins, M., & Rixon, T. (2013). Defending Corner Kicks: Analysis from the English Premier League. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 13, 135-148.
  • Eldridge, D., Pulling, C., & Robins, M. T. (2013) Visual exploratory activity and resultant behavioural analysis of youth midfield soccer players. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 8(3), 560-577.
  • Mackinney, R., Eldridge, D., Prior, M., & Pulling C. (2013). Thinking Games: Primary Key Stage 2 Invasion Games. Southampton, U.K: Thinking Sport.



Craig’s main area of interest is based upon the pedagogy of physical education teachers. He is currently studying for a PhD which is exploring how to measure the pedagogical behaviours that are displayed by physical education teachers during lessons. Craig has a further interest in the activities and practices that are designed and implemented by physical education teachers to develop the technical, tactical and physical performance of pupils within games-based lessons. Craig is also interested in the analysis of sporting performance, particularly within football, and he has conducted a number of studies using systematic observation instruments to explore elite sporting performance.

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