Charles is an approved assessor for SPC.  In addition, he is a 6th Dan black belt in Karate, 3rd Dan black belt in Kick Boxing and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Derby.  He delivers on the Martial Arts programme delivered in Heidelberg, Germany, and has programme leadership duties for the Martial Arts Theory and Practice undergraduate programme.  He is currently an external examiner for two Higher Education Institution’s sports programmes and a keen martial artist who has been practising for 40 years (black belt in Karate, Kickboxing and Kravmaga Instructor); he is also chairman for the Disability Martial Arts Association.

Educational Qualifications



  • BA (hons) Leisure Management, De Montfort University, UK, 1997


  • MA in Tourism Business Administration, University of Birmingham, UK, 2000 


  • Currently studying for a Doctorate in Education (EdD) at the University of Derby 


  • TDLB D32 And D33 (1999/2000)
  • City and Guilds 7307 (2000)
  • City & Guilds 4180 – Recreation and Leisure Management (1994)
  • BTEC in Building Studies (1988)
  • City and Guilds Advanced Craft Plumbing (1980)

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity
  • Founder Fellow of the Institute of Martial Arts and Science

External Examiner Work/CPD

  • Member of the University of Derby School Quality Committee and External Examiners Group
  • External Examiner York Saint John University 2013-present
  • External examiner University of Chester 2012-present
  • External Examiner Leeds Carnegie University (Finished Sept 2011)
  • External Assessment for Msc in Sports Management University of Luton
  • External Panel Member sport and outdoor programmes Harpur Adams College


  • Spring, C.P. (2014) Professionalisation of Sports Teaching and Coaching through Experientioal Learning: in Reid, G. and Woo Lee, J. (Eds). (2014) Social Justice in Sports Development: LSA Publications: UK
  • Spring, C., Moeller, R. and Cheetham M. (2014) Measure of the influence of Martial Arts Instructors on Aggressiveness: IQ Journal. Institute of Martial Arts and Sciences: UK.
  • Spring, C. & Rice, M. (2013) Critical Evaluation of Learning Teaching and Assessment Applied to Martial Arts Theory and Practice. IQ Journal. Institute of Martial Arts and Sciences: UK.
  • Spring, C. (November 2012) Sociology of Boxing University of Derby Sports Conference
  • Spring, C. (July 2012) Martial Arts in Higher Education: Case study of BA (Hons) Martial Arts Theory and Practice LSA National Conference Edinburgh
  • Spring, C. (2011) Experiential learning and martial arts World Scientific Congress of Combat Sports and Martial Arts Conference (Sept. 2011) University of Resznow Poland
  • Spring, C. (2010) Martial Arts in Higher Educational Settings. Sports in Society conference (March 2010) Vancouver Canada
  • Spring, C. (2009) Experiential Learning in the University setting. University of Applied Sciences summer school conference Hamenliina Finland
  • Spring, C. (2008) Martial Arts and Experential Learning Learning Teaching and Assesment Poster presentation : University of Derby Buxton
  • Spring, C. (2007) Moving Stadia is Simple! Herriot Watt University School of Built Environment Seminar Series
  • Spring, C. (2007) Martial Arts in University Settings. Presentation University of Derby Buxton Culture and Lifestyle research group)
  • Delivered research report on work undertaken in University NIFS Japan August (2007) Martial Arts in University Settings
  • Spring, C. (2006) Moving Stadia is Simple! University of Staffordshire. Urban Planning research group.
  • Spring, C. (2006) Social Impacts of Stadia Moves. Royal Geographic Institute London International Conference
  • Spring, C. (2006) Martial Arts and Aggression Reduction Haminliina University of Applied Sciences Finland Summer School
  • Spring, C. and Heap, T. (2005) Impacts of Stadia move on specific populations and groups. International Conference in Rotterdam 9-11th Nov (2005)
  • Spring. C, (2005) Impacts of sports on community cohesion; University of Derby research group lecture series
  • Spring, C. (2005) Sport and Community Regeneration, for Community Research Group Derby University
  • Spring, C. (2003) Social Impacts of Sports Development projects; Recreation Journal
  • Spring, C. (2003) Social Impacts of Sports Development projects; Regeneration and Renewal (2003)
  • Spring, C. (2002) ‘Developing a Cost Benefit Analysis for Sports Regeneration’ in Ibbetson, A. Watson B. and Ferguson, M. (Eds) s (2003) Sport Leisure and Social Inclusion; LSA. Brighton
  • Spring, C. (2002) Social benefits and costs of large sporting events to host population: Leisure Studies National Conference