Christopher Cutforth

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Christopher Cutforth BSc Hons, MSc, PG Cert, LTHE

Senior Lecturer


Chris joined the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity in 2008. His specialist areas include sport policy, development and management and he leads the Academy's work in globalising the curriculum.


Before joining Sheffield Hallam University Chris enjoyed a successful 20 year career in the sport and leisure industry where he worked for 3 local authorities and Sport England at local, regional and national levels.

During his time at Sport England Chris was responsible for the management of PE, school sport and young people  programmes as well as contributing to the design and development of several national sport development initiatives.

In 2006 Chris was seconded to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) where he contributed to the development of the London 2012 Gamesmaker programme.

Chris is currently studying for a doctorate in Higher Education at Sheffield University - the focus of his research is on transformational learning theory and practice in higher education.

Specialist areas of interest

Sport development
Sport policy
Sport management
Internationalisation and globalisation in higher education



Sport Development with Coaching


International work placements - transformational learning


Cutforth, C. (2015). A question of sport: is it good for communities and society? The Leisure Review, (77).

Allman, M., & Cutforth, C. (2014). Leadership in sport: a local authority perspective. The Leisure Review, 8 (7).

Book chapters

Cutforth, C. (2018). Understanding the landscape of community sport. In Wilson, R., & Platts, C. (Eds.) Managing and Developing Community Sport. (pp. 15-29). London: Routledge:


Cutforth, C. (2017). ‘Spreading Your Wings’ : International work placement research : Final report. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University (internal).

Other publications

Cutforth, C.S. (2017). Transforming lives : International placement case studies.

Other activities

Conferences and Events Lead, UK Sport Development Network (UKSDN)
Board member, Yorkshire Sport Foundation  
Chair, Sheffield Doorstep Sport Partnership
Trustee, Westfield Learning Community Trust

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