In 2004, a team from Loughborough University negotiated a grant from the Peter Harrison Foundation to establish a Centre for Disability Sport.
The Foundation, at that time, had been sponsoring athletes with a disability at Loughborough, including Daniel Greaves, a Sport and Exercise Science student who went on to win the discus at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, along with a world record.
Interested in making a significant difference in research and practice, Professor Stuart Biddle and sport fundraiser Lisa Farmer, supported by the then Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir David Wallace, negotiated a comprehensive proposal for about 18 months. Professors Clyde Williams and Barrie Houlihan also had significant inputs.
The Centre was formally established in 2005 and titled The Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport. Ken Black served as the first Director in March 2005, with Professor Vicky Tolfrey, the current Director, taking over in late 2007.
The PHC team has increased in size and strength over the years and currently has over 20 members (Lecturers, research staff and research students) across various disciplines and with diverse research interests.