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Prof Paul Potrac


Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Paul completed his honours degree in Sport Studies and History at Brunel University and obtained his PhD from the same institution in 2001. After holding academic positions at the University of Otago, Brunel University, Edge Hill University, and the University of Hull, he joined the Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation at Northumbria University in December 2016. Alongside his academic work, Paul was a football coach for 18 years. He coached male and female teams at various levels in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and New Zealand. 

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Northumberland Building
City Campus
Newcastle Upon Tyne

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Sport Participation for People with Disabilities: Exploring the Potential of Reverse Integration and Inclusion through Wheelchair Basketball, Ramsden, R., Hayman, R., Potrac, P., Hettinga, F. 30 Jan 2023, In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • The emergence of organisations conducting Community Asset Transfers of leisure facilities, Haw, S., Potrac, P., Wharton, K., Findlay-King, L. 22 Feb 2023, In: Managing Sport and Leisure
  • Actors, interactions, ties, and networks: the ‘doing’ of talent identification and development work in elite youth football academies, Thomas, R., Hall, E., Nelson, L., Potrac, P. 4 Jul 2022, In: Soccer and Society
  • Affect and emotions in sports work: A research agenda, Avner, Z., Hall, E., Potrac, P. 1 Sep 2022, In: Sport in Society
  • Fear, Anger, and Loneliness: Emotional Pain and Referee Attrition in English Grassroots Football, Potrac, P., Hall, E., Nichol, A. 1 Sep 2022, In: Sociology of Sport Journal
  • Realist evaluation of the Football Association’s Post Graduate Diploma (PG Dip) in Coach Development, Redgate, S., Potrac, P., Boocock, E., Dalkin, S. 24 Mar 2022, In: Sport, Education and Society
  • Repairing relationship conflict in community sport work: “Offender” perspectives, Gale, L., Ives, B., Potrac, P., Nelson, L. 6 Oct 2022, In: Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health
  • Social and Cultural Constraints on Football Player Development in Stockholm: Influencing Skill, Learning, and Wellbeing, Vaughan, J., Mallett, C., Potrac, P., Woods, C., O'Sullivan, M., Davids, K. 20 May 2022, In: Frontiers in Sports and Active Living
  • Sport, Emotion, and Engagement, Potrac, P., Gearity, B., Nichol, A., Hall, E. 2022, The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Society, Oxford, Oxford University Press

  • Ryan Thomas Actors, networks, and interdependencies: A relational analysis of talent identification and development in elite youth football. Start Date: 01/10/2017
  • Philip Harvey A study to examine the differing effects of linear (LP) and nonlinear pedagogies (NLP) on the level of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) displayed within KS2 PE lessons and their influence on the development of Self-Regulatory Behaviours. Start Date: 30/01/2018
  • Louise Graham EXPLORING THE CAREER PATHWAYS OF FEMALE LEADERS IN UK SWIMMING Start Date: 18/01/2021 End Date: 01/10/2021
  • Mark McCutcheon More than meets the (rationalistic) eye: people, politics and the everyday doing of management work in English professional football academies. Start Date: 08/12/2016 End Date: 10/09/2022
  • Callum Morgan ‘More Than Meets The Audiences’ Eyes’: Individual and Collective Impression Management In The Everyday Doing of Coach Education Work. Start Date: 01/10/2018

Sports Studies PhD November 21 2016

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