Gary graduated from Brunel University in 1986 with a BEd (Honours) Degree with Qualified Teacher Status in Physical Education and English. He is a former secondary school physical education teacher and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the USA during 1990-1991.
Gary completed his Master’s Degree in Education in 1998 and went on to complete his PhD in 2008 both at the University of Brighton. He is co-editor of ‘The Really Useful Physical Education Book: Learning and Teaching Across the 7–14 Age Range’ (2010) and the first and second editions of ‘Equity and Inclusion in Physical Education and Sport’ (2003; 2012).
Gary is the co-founder and Deputy Director of the University of Brighton’s pioneering ‘Football 4 Peace International Project’ in Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Northern Ireland, The Republic of Ireland, South Korea, South Africa and The Gambia (www.football4peace.eu) which has been operating since 2001.
In 2008 he was presented with a national award from the Association for Physical Education (AfPE) for his contribution to research and scholarship in the field of Physical Education. In 2017 he was appointed as a Senior Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg for his contribution to the development of the National Curriculum for Physical Education in South Africa. In 2018 Gary was awarded the Honoured Members Award by the Association for Physical Education for making a difference at National and International level over a lengthy and sustained period of time. His award was in recognition for his outstanding and distinguished long service during which he has contributed significantly to the National and International development of physical education.