Shia Ping Kung BA Hons, MA
Senior Research Fellow
Shia Ping graduated from the University of Sheffield in 1998 with an MA with distinction in Leisure Management, having achieved a dual honours degree BA in Accounting and Financial Management and Economics in 1997 from the same university. Shia Ping has over twenty years of experience in the area of centre performance measurement and analysis. She is the principal analyst for sports for the National Benchmarking Service which SIRC provides on behalf of Sport England.
Shia Ping graduated from the University of Sheffield in 1998 with an MA with distinction in Leisure Management, having achieved a dual honours degree BA in Accounting and Financial Management and Economics in 1997 from the same university. She has since worked on the Sport England pilot research study of the 'performance measurement for local authority sports halls and swimming pools' in 1999, in which she provided all the technical functions for this research. This work laid the foundation for the NBS contract which was commissioned by Sport England in 2000. Shia Ping is the principal analyst for sports for the National Benchmarking Service which SIRC provides on behalf of Sport England. Shia Ping has over twenty years of experience in the field of performance measurement, particularly for sports centres. Her main area of work has been analysing centre performance, updating and using large databases for work on Sport England’s National Benchmarking Service. She has analysed and reported on more than 1,300 sports centres' performance prior to the Coronavirus pandemic. She is also familiar with other performance measurement instruments, such as the Recreation Management (CERM) Performance Indicators Service, which she worked on for three years for sports centre. Shia Ping is also familiar with analysing national-level datasets (e.g. the Active Lives Survey and Health Survey England). During the COVID restrictions, Shia Ping has contributed to projects related to sports participation; and the impact of the pandemic on the sport industry (e.g. The Commonwealth Secretariat's discussion paper on the Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Sport). Shia Ping is the principal author of case study 'Measuring the performance of sports facilities in England: A case study of the National Benchmarking Service', which has won the Ministry of VWS (the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport) Best Case Study Award at the European Association for Sport Management conference in 2009 for Best Practice in Sport Facility and Event Management.
Financial management and performance measurement in the sport and leisure industries
Participation data analysis Research design and implementation
College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences
Sport England - Performance Measurement in local authority sports hall and swimming pools
Leisure Connection - Performance Measurement of sport facility using CERM research instrument SkillsActive - Regional audit report Skill Needs: Sports, Fitness and Outdoors Skill Needs: Sports, Fitness and Outdoors on behalf of
Sport England - National Benchmarking Service for sport facilities
A sample of recent research projects:
Sport England - National Benchmarking Service for sport facilities (NBS)
Sport Ireland - 'Data mining' on national level data related to participation in sport and physical activity
The Commonwealth Secretariat - discussion paper on innovative financing for the sport sector across
Commonwealth countries English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) - Comparing Customer Satisfaction in IFI and Non IFI Centres: Evidence from the National Benchmarking Service User Survey
Ramchandani, G., Shibli, S., & Kung, S.P. (2018). The performance of local authority sports facilities in England during a period of recession and austerity. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 10 (1), 95-111. http://doi.org/10.1080/19406940.2017.1420676
Kung, S.P., & Taylor, P. (2014). The use of public sports facilities by the disabled in England. Sport Management Review, 17 (1), 8-22. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.smr.2013.08.009
Taylor, P., Panagouleas, T., & Kung, S.P. (2011). Access to English public sector sports facilities by disadvantaged groups and the effect of financial objectives. Managing Leisure, 16 (2), 128-141. http://doi.org/10.1080/13606719.2011.559091
Kung, S.P., & Taylor, P. (2010). The effect of management types on the performance of English public sports centres. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 2 (3), 303-326. http://doi.org/10.1080/19406940.2010.507209
Edmondson, L., Kokolakakis, T., Kung, S.P., & Storey, R. (2022). COVID-19 and the Sport Sector. In Frawley, S., & Schulenkorf, N. (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Sport and COVID-19. (pp. 10-22). London: Routledge: http://doi.org/10.4324/9781003176329-3
Ramchandani, G., Shibli, S., & Kung, S.P. (2020). The performance of local authority sports facilities in England during a period of recession and austerity. In Sport Policy and Politics in an Era of Austerity. Routledge
Kung, S.P., Ramchandani, G., & Taylor, P. (2010). Profiling customer satisfaction and the importance of english public sport facilities' service dimensions. In Long, J., Fitzgerald, H., & Millward, P. (Eds.) Delivering Equality in Sport and Leisure. (pp. 69-92). Eastbourne: Leisure Studies Association: http://www.leisure-studies-association.info/LSAWEB/NewTitle/115.html
Shibli, S., Gumber, A., Edmondson, L., & Kung, S.P. (2021). Sport Ireland Data Mining: Mining of existing datasets related to sport and physical activity participation. SIRC, Sheffield Hallam University.