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Ken Black

Project Advisor and Senior Lecturer in Inclusive sport

Institute of Sport & Exercise Science

Contact Details


tel: 01905 542734

Ken brings almost 40 years full-time experience as a practitioner in inclusive physical activity and disability sport and has worked in this field from a variety of perspectives: special education, disability sport development, inclusive youth sport, higher education, research and coaching. During this time Ken has been fortunate to have supported local people working in adapted physical activity in many countries around the world – every continent except Antartica!


  • BA (CNAA) Social Sciences (Glasgow College of Technology - now Glasgow Caledonian University)
  • Further Education Teaching Certificate (GlosCAT - now Gloucestershire College)
  • Special Educational Needs (Open University)
Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests:

Adapted physical activity, sport and disability including:

  • Inclusion in physical activity
  • Inclusive sport for development
  • Special education needs & PE

Research Interests:

  • Empowering the voice of young disabled people
  • Physical activity and young people who have profound and complex needs
Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity



Design for Sport (2011); co-ed; Gower   

Coaching Disabled Children in Sport in Coaching Children in Sport (2011); I. Stafford (Ed); Routledge

Inclusive Coaching in Beginning Coaching (3rd Edition); with Peter Downs; Australian Sports Commission

Physical Education for Children with Moderate to Severe Disabilities (2018), M. Grenier & L. Lieberman (Eds), Human Kinetics - Contributor

Online resources:

(For Youth Sport Trust); TOP Sportsability (2011 – present)

(For Sainsbury’s/Youth Sport Trust); Paralympic Challenges 2016

The Inclusion Club online platform (Webmaster, Peter Downs);

Numerous inclusive sport and education resources & activity cards.  For example:

Different. Just Like You (2015 - contributor); ICSSPE

Active Ability (2014); British Heart Foundation

Disability Education Program (2004); Australian Sports Commission

TOP Sport; TOP Sportsability; TOP Skill; TOP Outdoors; TOP Dance; Fit for TOPs (1996-2002 - as main author or contributor); Youth Sport Trust


External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

• Trustee (Member of the Board) – English Federation of Disability Sport

• Board member – European Federation of Adapted Physical Activity