Professor Ash Casey

Pronouns: He/him
  • Professor of Physical Education & Pedagogy

Ash Casey earned a BSc in Sport Studies at the West London Institute of Higher Education (1990-1993) and a Graduate Certificate in Education in Physical Education at Brunel University College (1995-1996). Afterwards, he taught in a secondary school in Yorkshire for thirteen years (1996-2009) while pursuing part-time postgraduate studies.

In 2004, Ash completed a part-time MSc in Physical Education at Loughborough University and embarked on a PhD in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy at Leeds Metropolitan University in early 2005. He conducted his research as a teacher, examining his evolution from a teacher-led to a student-centred practitioner using pedagogical models such as cooperative learning, teaching games for understanding, and sport education.

In 2009, Ash began his first lecturing position at the University of Bedfordshire (2009-2014) and successfully obtained his PhD in January 2010. During his time at Bedfordshire, he served as the course leader for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. In March 2014, Ash joined the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough. Currently, he is the Programme Director for the MSc and PGCE in Education with QTS (Physical Education). Ash maintains an active presence on Twitter (@DrAshCasey) and operates a blog (, dedicated to translating research into practical applications.

Ash Casey’s research interests are in Models-based Practice, teacher professional development and learning, and the use of technology and social media in teacher development and student learning. Ash is the series editor for the 'Routledge Focus on Sport Pedagogy', has co-authored/edited four monographs and over 100 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and conference presentations.

Current PhD Students

  • Karl Brennan – The Impact of PETE on Teachers’ Identities.Laura Davies – The challenges of supporting students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in international education.
  • Natasha Wilson –Digital public pedagogies and its broader role in the physical activity for health education of young people,
  • Ellen Li – The Professional Learning of Chinese Physical Education Student-Teachers through Social Media.
  • Sam Faulkner - Adopting a Models based Practice approach to teaching and physical education.
  • Aziz Ahraz – Occupational socialisation and its impact on the Continuing Professional Development of Physical Education Teachers.
  • Jike Yang - The Role of Healthy Lifestyle Technologies in Young Adults’ Physical Activity Participation and Health Knowledge.
  • Zhenlong Wang - Coach experiences of formal coach education designed by national governing bodies.
  • Yue Xu- The Perception of Social Media Usage for Collaborative Professional Development among Physical Education Teachers.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Programme Lead for the PGCE and the MSc in Education with QTS (Physical Education).
  • Associate Editor – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy.
  • Member of the editorial board for the Cultura, Ciencia y Deporte (Culture, Science and Sport) journal.
  • International Advisory Board, Educational Action Research.

Honours and Prizes

  • National Teaching Fellow (Advance HE, 2023).
  • Research Informed Teaching Award, Loughborough University (2020).
  • Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy 2022Best Paper Award  for Volume 26.
  • SHAPE America's Research Council 2015 Writing Award winner for Volume 86.

Featured publications


  • Casey, A., & Kirk, D. (2021). Models-based Practice in Physical Education. London: Routledge.
  • Casey, A., Fletcher, T., Schaefer, L., & Gleddie, D. (2017). Conducting Practitioner Research in Physical Education and Youth Sport: Reflecting on Practice. London: Routledge.
  • Casey, A., Goodyear, V.A., & Armour, K.M. (2016). Digital Technologies and Learning in Physical Education: Pedagogical Cases. London: Routledge.
  • Dyson, B., & Casey, A. (2016). Cooperative Learning in Physical Education and Physical Activity: A Practical Introduction. London: Routledge.

Open Access Papers

Recent publications