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Tabo Huntley

Sport and Exercise Sciences

Faculty of Science

Dr Tabo Huntley is an experienced performance leader and strategist who has a track record of delivering identified academic, organisational and elite sport outcomes. As an academic, Tabo teaches across sport coaching, physical education and strength and conditioning, and draws on a wealth of experiences to create a positive learning environment.
Tabo actively researches in the area of learning, development and education within the context of Paralympic and Disability sport. Here by drawing on critical social theory and disability studies, Tabo seeks to explore disabled peoples' experiences of sport and physical activity, the social barriers that constrain their agency and the solutions needed to create empowering environments. As a result of this focus, Tabo has delivered a number of international evaluation projects for agencies such as Special Olympics International and World Para Hockey and is the Project Director for the Erasmus funded ParaCoach project. Tabo supervises a number of PhD students, who are exploring learning and education in Special Olympics, a large UK Governing Body of Sport and within a National Football Academy. In his various coaching roles, Tabo's senior athletes have achieved European and World Championship honours and his youth team simply enjoys playing football. Tabo is also an accredited UKSCA strength and conditioning coach and has worked with a number of professional teams and athletes.

Tabo is keen to collaborate and with learn others who share an interest in 'Coproduction', 'Paralympic and Disability Sport' and 'Learning and Development'. .


2020, Loughborough University, United Kingdom, PhD
2011, University of Befordshire, United Kingdom, M.S.c Sport Performance


UKSCA, Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach
United Kingdom Athletics, Athletics Coach

Postgraduate training

Critical realism workshop, United Kingdom, Lougborough University, ? - present

Journal article

Hardwick AE, Huntley T, Maher A, Whitehead AE. 2024. “It’s just been learning on the job”: becoming and developing as a ParaHockey coach Sports Coaching Review, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Townsend RC, Huntley TD, Cushion CJ, Culver D. 2021. Infusing disability into coach education and development: a critical review and agenda for change Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Townsend R, Huntley TD, Cushion C, Fitzgerald H. 2018. ‘It’s not about disability, I want to win as many medals as possible’: The social construction of disability in high-performance coaching. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Cronin CJ, Ryrie A, Huntley T, Hayton JW. 2017. 'Sinking and swimming in disability coaching': an autoethnographic account of coaching in a new context Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Cronin CJ, Whitehead AE, Webster S, Huntley T. 2017. Transforming, storing and consuming athletic experiences; a coach’s narrative of using a video app. Evans J. Sport, Education and Society, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Huntley T, Whitehead AE, Cullinane D, Nixon S, Huntley E. 2017. Investigating relationships between and within entry pathways on a sport related programme and the degree outcome obtained Cogent Education, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Huntley, T.D. , Mauger, A. R. , Fletcher, I. M. . 2014. RPE-DERIVED WORK RATES CAN BE ACCURATELY PRODUCED WITHOUT EXTERNAL FEEDBACK OR REFERENCE TO THE RPE SCALE 1. Perceptual & Motor Skills, 118 :507-521 DOI Author Url Publisher Url


Cronin C, Champ F, Gherardi M, Hardwick A, Huntley DT, Lewis C, Rongen F, Ryrie A, Tod D, Whitehead A. 2022. Care for Coaches: Mixed experiences, varied needs, and care ‘infrastructure’ to support the coaching ‘workforce’ Care for Coaches: Mixed experiences, varied needs, and care ‘infrastructure’ to support the coaching ‘workforce’ :1-40

Huntley T, Whitehead A, Cronin C, Williams C, Ryrie A, Townsend R. 2019. Pan-European Work Force Audit (Output 1) and Best Practice Case Study (Output 2) Report. The Experiences of Coaches in Paralympic and Disability Sport Author Url Publisher Url


Huntley DT, Sprung V, Williams TL, Smith B, Bone L. 2022. The BASES Expert Statement on Disability and Creating an Empowering Environment for Disabled People to Flourish Publisher Url Public Url

Conference publication

Quayle LRJ, Umeh , Huntley T, Morley D, Knowles Z, Whitehead AE. 2017. Exploring UK Sports Coaches Knowledge and Use of Reflective Practice ICCE Global Coach Confrence

Whitehead AE, Cropley B, Huntley T, Miles A, Quayle L, Knowles ZR. 2016. ‘Think Aloud’: Towards a framework to facilitate reflective practice amongst rugby league coaches. International Sport Coaching Journal, 3 :269-286 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Huntley TD. Huntley, T., Fitzgerald, H., & Duffy, P (2013) Critical Disability Studies and Researching Coaching. Presented at the ICCE International Coaching Conference, Durban, South Africa ICCE International Coaching Conference

Huntley TD. Huntley, T. (2014) Critical reflections in elite sport – experience of developing coaching expertise. Presented at the Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise Conference, Loughborough, UK Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise Conference

Huntley TD. Huntley, T. & Dunn, P. (2014) Beyond excellence in Para-Athletics. Presented at The ICCE, Global Coaches House, Glasgow.

Ryrie A, Cronin C, Huntley T, Hayton J. 'Sinking and swimming in disability coaching': A narrative of coaching in a new context ICCE 11th Global Coach Conference

Huntley TD, Cushion C, Fitzgerald H. Traversing ‘Performance – Nurture’ Coaching in Paralympic sport 11th ICCE Global Coach Conference

Jewitt Beck R, Whitehead A, Knowles Z, Huntley T. The provision of education for coach developers within a UK National Giverning Body International Council for Coaching Excellence, Global Coach Conference


Cushion C, Huntley T, Robert T. Disability sport coaching: You just coach the athlete not the disability. Wallis J, Lambert J. Sport Coaching with Diverse Populations Routledge 9780367854799 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Research Grants Awarded:

UK Coaching, Caring Cultures in Sport Coaching, Amy Whitehead (LJMU), David Tod (LJMU), Francesca Champ (LJMU), Angus Ryrie (LJMU), Colin Lewis (LJMU), Fieke Rongen (Leeds Beckett University), Tabo Huntley (LJMU)., Grant value (£): £15, 000, Duration of research project: 7 Months. 2021

Special Olympics, Special Olympics eLearning Project, PI Tabo Huntley, CoI Amy Whitehead, Grant value (£): $25,000, Duration of research project: 18 months. 2020

Special Olympics, Special Olympics Coach Workforce Audit., PI - Tabo Huntley, CI Amy Witehead, Grant value (£): 8,000, Duration of research project: 12 months. 2020

International Hockey Federation, Developing integrated coach education for Para hockey, Barbara Walsh, Grant value (£): 2500.00, Duration of research project: 2 years. 2019

Erasmus Plus, Para-Disability Coach Education and Learning Project- Enhancing Para-disability sport coaches' learning, mobility and employment with reference to a Para-Disability European Sport Coaching Framework and Massive Open Online Course, LJMU Team: Dr Amy Whitehead, Professor Philip Vickerman, Dr Colum Cronin, Dr Gus Ryrie, Ms Catherine Walker, Dr Nicola Rowley and Dr James Rudd, Grant value (£): £334,355, Duration of research project: 3 years. 2018

Conference presentation:

ParaCoach Special Olympics Workforce Survey and Follow-Up Interview Findings, Special Olympics US Developmental Sports Webinar, Online, Oral presentation. 2020

Facilitating the social impact of coaching in disability sport, Croatian Presidency EU International Sport Seminar, Zargreb, Oral presentation and panel member. 2020

The social construction of empowerment in Paralympic Coaching, International Council for Coaching Excellence Global Coach Conference, Tokyo, Oral presentation. 2019

Other invited event:

UK Coaching Research Conference, Derby County Football Club, Becoming an Effective Coach of Disabled Performers. 2020

External committees:

ParaCoach Working Group, International Council for Coaching Excellence, Chair. 2019

Conference organisation:

ICCE Global Coach Conference 2017, Bid lead and chair of the executive committee. 2017

Teaching qualification:

PGCert Learning & Teaching in Higher Education. 2015

Media Coverage:

BBC One after Football Focus. Coverage focused on Maria Lyle's (coached by Tabo) preparation for the 2015 World Championships. Title: IPC Athletics World Championships: Maria Lyle's Paralympic dream.

Other Professional Activity:

Personal sprint coach to world class performance funded British Athletics athletes: Maria Lyle & Erin McBride.