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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
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Newcastle Upon Tyne

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  • Introducing Coach Learners to Behaviourist Coaching Principles: Critical Reflections on Coach Educator Practice, Ives, B., Nelson, L., Gale, L., Potrac, P., Toner, J. 24 May 2024, The Routledge Handbook of Coach Development in Sport, Taylor & Francis
  • Understandings of success for groups managing leisure facilities through Community Asset Transfers, Haw, S., Potrac, P., Wharton, K., Findlay-King, L. 11 Jan 2024, In: Voluntary Sector Review
  • Understanding workplace collaboration in professional rugby coaching: A dramaturgical analysis, Hall, E., Nichol, A., Morgan, C., McCutcheon, M., Potrac, P. 22 Jan 2024, In: Qualitiative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health
  • Affect and emotions in sports work: A research agenda, Avner, Z., Hall, E., Potrac, P. 3 Jul 2023, In: Sport in Society
  • Coaching in the shadows: critically examining the unintended (non)influence of pedagogical practice, Nichol, A., Potrac, P., Hayes, P., Boocock, E., Vickery, W., Morgan, C., Hall, E. 4 Jul 2023, In: Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy
  • “He trusts me”: navigating the male weight room: emotions and reflective practice of a young, female strength and conditioning coach, Abitz, C., Gearity, B., Kuklick, C., Potrac, P. 2 Jun 2023, In: Sports Coaching Review
  • Investigating Policy Enactment in Community Sport Coaching: Directions for Future Research, Ives, B., Penney, D., O’Gorman, J., Nichol, A., Potrac, P., Nelson, L. 6 Dec 2023, In: Sports Coaching Review
  • ’It’s not all about me’: negotiating the transition out of (semi-) professional football from an autoethnographic perspective, Stamp, D., Potrac, P., Nelson, L. 2 Nov 2023, In: Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health
  • Repairing relationship conflict in community sport work: “Offender” perspectives, Gale, L., Ives, B., Potrac, P., Nelson, L. 4 May 2023, In: Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health
  • 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

  • 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 End Date: 23/06/2023
  • 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

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