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Andrew Coyles

Assistant Professor

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation


Andy completed a BA (Hons) in Secondary: Physical Education with QTS, followed by an MA in Exercise and Sports Coaching at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). Alongside his teaching and coaching responsibilities, he decided to continue with his studies and in 2014, completed his Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, which as a result, earned him Fellow within the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). 

Prior to Andy’s appointment here at Northumbria, he was the area lead in Exercise and Sports Coaching at MMU, covering many units on their Exercise and Sport Coaching programme. For six years, he had been involved in the development and delivery of all coaching related modules ranging from levels 3-7. Alongside Andy’s teaching commitments at MMU, he had huge amounts of success in all BUCS competitions as the head coach for their Men’s Footballing side, working with players over a nine year period. Over those nine seasons, the team achieved five league titles and were winners in three National finals.  

His primary responsibilities here at Northumbria, include teaching on the BSc programme in Sport Coaching, with further teaching interests lying predominantly within coach education, coaching behaviours, sports pedagogy and current issues surrounding sport and physical activity within secondary education. He is particularly interested in the areas concerned with the modernisation and development of physical education through high quality delivery and assessment for learning. Andy contributes to teaching at all undergraduate levels delivering lecturers, seminars, workshops and CPD events across a wide range of sport coaching modules.

In addition to his work at MMU and NU, Andy has been heavily involved working within high performance environments, coaching at two of the leading Premier League football academies. His roles consisted of coaching young elite footballers at academy level, nurturing the best young talent in Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding areas, while also recruiting the best young players. Andy has also been involved with the Coach Education programme at Bolton Wanderers FC. His role at the club involved the education of player/coach development, providing opportunities for players to reach their potential through performing and coaching. Andy is a UEFA A licensed coach and will be beginning his UEFA Pro licence in 2017.

Research Interests

* Elite Athletes Perceptions of Coaching Behaviours

* The Coaching Preferences of Elite Athletes Competing at International Level

* Understanding the Importance of the Coach Athlete Relationship

* The Role of Personal Tutoring in Supporting the Transition to University

* Talent Identification & Development

Teaching Responsibilities

Programme Leaderhip

* Programme Leader for i2i Sport Management

Module Leadership

* LTAD & Child Development (Level 4)

* Applied Coaching of Individual Sportsin an Educational Setting

Module Teaching

* LTAD & Child Development (Level 4)

* Coaching Skills & Practice (Level 5)

* Applied Coaching of Individual Sports in an Educational Setting (Level 6)

Project Supervison

* Independent Study (Level 6)

Professional Interests

* Coaching & Management in International/Professional/Semi-Professional Football

* Talent Identification & Development

Membership of Professional Bodies

* Fellow of the Higer Education Academy

Andrew Coyles

Campus Address

Northumberland Building
City Campus

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Undertaking the personal tutoring role with sports students at a United Kingdom university, Hayman, R., Coyles, A., Wharton, K., Borkoles, E., Polman, R. 16 Mar 2023, In: Journal of Further and Higher Education
  • The Profile of Higher Education Sport Students in England: Implications for Successful Transition and Effective Teaching and Learning Practice, Hayman, R., Coyles, A., Allin, L. 1 Apr 2021, In: Innovative Practice in Higher Education
  • The role of personal tutoring in supporting the transition to university: experiences and views of widening participation sport students, Hayman, R., Coyles, A., Wharton, K., Mellor, A. 9 Oct 2020, In: Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education
  • Exploring Social Integration of Sport Students during the Transition to University, Allin, L., Coyles, A., Hayman, R. 1 Jul 2017, In: Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice
  • Burrhus Frederic Skinner: Environmental reinforcement in coaching, Groom, R., Nelson, L., Potrac, P., Coyles, A. Nov 2015, Learning in Sports Coaching , London, UK, Taylor & Francis

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Oral presentation: Exploring social integration of sport students during the transition to university 2017
  • Oral presentation: Exploring social integration of sport students during the transition to university 2017
  • Oral presentation: Exploring social integration of sport students during the transition to university 2017
  • Oral presentation: Exploring social integration and the retention of sport students through the transition to university 2017

  • Sports Science MSc March 14 2016
  • Education MA
  • Teachers - Adult Education PGCert
  • Teacher Training (University) BA
  • UEFA A Licence Union of European Football Association 2013
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2014

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