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Andrew Coyles

Senior Lecturer

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Hls Staff Profile Andy Coyles 255Andy 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). At present, Andy is in his third year of his Doctorate with his main theme surrounding coach education. For his thesis, he is looking to explore how one pioneering football coach has established a coaching dynasty, primarily because of his work in the role of ‘Elite Coaching Manager’ with the Football Association (FA), which continues to influence how football is coached and played today. Andy has also been involved with one of the major reports carried out at Manchester United FC, aiding with the process of achieving category one status as part of the EPPP (Elite Player Performance Plan).

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.

Alongside academia, Andy is a keen sportsman and has played football semi-professionally for Workington AFC. Outside of football, he has additional sporting interests and attends regular boxing, UFC and athletic events.

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Northumberland Building
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  • 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

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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


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