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Dr Paul Wheeler

Programme Leader for Sport Management (Business) | +44 (0) 1243 816319

Paul is a Senior Lecturer and the Programme Coordinator for the BA (Hons) Sport Management (Business) degree.

His research expertise is the history of sport: his doctorate critically analysed the evolution of Golf Tourism on the South Coast of England from 1880-1939. Paul is part of various sports history-related research projects, independently and in collaboration with colleagues within this university, other universities and non-academics.

As the coordinator for the Sport Management degree, his duties include the recruitment, management and monitoring of students on the degree, together with the mentoring of his academic advisees. In 2020 he was heavily involved with the revalidation of the degree and Paul also led on the attainment of degree endorsement by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

In addition to his academic duties, Paul also oversees the timetable coordination for two areas within the Institute. His role is to ensure that the teaching spaces, patterns and staffing details that are required to deliver the teaching across several undergraduate programmes are identified and secured. This requires constant liaison between the teaching staff and the central timetabling team.

Finally, Paul liaises with community groups and local partnerships to provide them with expert sport management advice that will assist them in the operation and organisation of projects and facilities.


Personal education

DMS (Portsmouth); MA (de Montfort); FHEA (Chichester); PhD (Chichester).


For the current academic year, Paul is responsible for the following modules:

IOS4405 Management Principles and Customer Care

IOS5407 Marketing and Sales in Sport

IOS 5406 Sport Finance (level5)

SDM605 Sport Finance (level 6)

SDM614 Managing People in Sport

Paul also contributes to SDM601 Dissertation and IOS 4403 Introduction to Sport Business and Management


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

British Society of Sports History (BSSH)

British Golf Collectors’ Society

Seaside Heritage Network



Wheeler, P. (2018). (Book Review) Six minutes in Berlin: broadcast spectacle and rowing gold at the Nazi Olympics, Sport in History

Wheeler, P. (2017). The British isolation from world football in the middle decades of the twentieth century–a myth? Soccer & Society, 18(2-3), 230-244.

Wheeler, P. (2016). ‘An ambitious club on a small scale’: The rise of the Royal Isle of Wight Golf Club 1882-1914. Sport in History. 36(4), 477-497.

Wheeler, P. (2015). (Book Review). New Directions in Sport History. The International Journal of the History of Sport, 32(11-12), 1513-1515.

Selected recent presentations

Bournemouth Golf Week - An Ideal Golfing Holiday. Paper presented at BSSH Conference Liverpool Hope University September 2019 and the Southern History Society, Winchester University February 2020.

‘Down in that out of the way corner of Kent, where so much fine golf is obtainable.’ Paper presented at BSSH Conference Westminster University September 2018 and The Sporting Lives Conference, Bolton University, April 2009.

Municipal Socialism, Paper presented at BSSH National Conference, Worcester University, September 2017.

‘Should I stay or should I go’: A Clash of Stadium Histories, Paper presented at International Football History Conference, Held at the City Football Academy, Manchester City Football Club, June 2017.

"The British isolation from world soccer in the middle decades of the twentieth century - a myth?" Paper presented at Soccer as the Beautiful Game, Hofstra University New York, April 2014.


My research interests focus primarily on modern sports history, primarily, but not only golf. I am particularly interested in examining accounts of local history sporting narratives.


Wheeler, PS. (2021) The Evolution of Golf Tourism on the South Coast of England: a socio-economic and cultural examination, c.1880-1939