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Paul Wheeler

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

Personal Introduction

Currently working at the University of Chichester and teaching across all of the degree programmes delivered by the Sport Development and Management department.

Able to provide a wide range of in depth knowledge and experience across a broad spectrum of the leisure industry, including the commercial and public sectors and mega sports events. This is complemented by the organisation of off-site visits for the students to a series of leisure facilities and the engagement of guest speakers to provide greater context to the students’ learning.

Previously employed for 25+ years across the leisure industry including the public and private sectors and he also worked for Sport England. Was also a Games Maker at the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games across three different cycling venues. 


For the current academic year, Paul will be teaching on the following modules:

  • Introduction to Sport and Business Management
  • Social Histories of Sport
  • Marketing and Sport
  • Managing People in Sport
  • Sport Finance
  • Analysing Sport
  • Work Placement
  • Strategic Planning
  • Dissertations


Personal Education

PhD (Currently undertaking at the University of Chichester)

MA Sport History and Culture (Du Montfort University)


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

British Society of Sports History (BSSH)

British Golf Collectors’ Society

Seaside Heritage Network


Departmental timetable co-ordinator


Book chapter

Wheeler, P.  The British isolation from world football in the middle decades of the twentieth century–a myth?, Chapter 7. In Kilpatrick, D., (eds) 2018, The State of the Field: Ideologies, Identities and Initiatives. London: Routledge.


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.

Conference Presentations

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

 “Putting Early Examples of Golf Marketing on View” Paper presented at the BSSH South Regional Conference, University of Chichester, December 2015.

“Teeing off on Golf Tourism” Paper presented at BSSH National Conference, Swansea University, September 2015

“The Royal Isle of Wight Golf Club” Paper presented at BSSH South Regional Conference, University of Portsmouth, June 2015

"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, April 2014



  • Social History of Golf
  • History of Golf Tourism
  • Assessing the impact of learning and teaching and pedagogical support on Student Retention in Higher Education.


  • Drafting the Preparation Camp facility template in partnership with NGBs & BOA
  • Drafting the contract documentation for the operational elements for the Mountbatten Centre for Portsmouth City Council.
  • Organisation of the South East leg of the Olympic road show and several regional workshops.
  • Contributed to the production of the South East Plan for Sport
  • Liaison with strategic partners to produce Test Valley Borough Council’s Leisure Facility Strategy

Consultancy Project

  • Piloted a “Health Check” for voluntary clubs. The project investigated six main areas of operation; Finance, Marketing, Facilities, Football, Club Structure and Customer Care.
  • The outcome of these investigations lead to the production of a detailed report that identified the current situation for each of the areas and recommended how the club might consider changing the delivery of their services to maximise sporting developing opportunities through improved business practices that are realistic and affordable for a voluntary club with limited resources (financial and personal).
  • Conducted a feasibility study into purchase of local golf club and management options at Test Valley Borough Council.