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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. 

Campus Address

Northumberland Building
City Campus
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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. 31 Aug 2021, In: Soccer and Society
  • Athletes as ‘sites of normative intersectionality’: Critically exploring the ontology of influence in sport coaching., Nichol, A., Hayes, P., Vickery, W., Boocock, E., Potrac, P., Hall, E. 1 Sep 2021, In: Sociology of Sport Journal
  • 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. 15 Oct 2021, In: Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy
  • Coaching Profession: Acting as a Coach, Potrac, P., Gearity, B., Nichol, A., Morgan, C., Hall, E. 19 Mar 2021, Coaching for Human Development and Performance in Sports, Cham, Springer
  • Doing hybrid management work in elite sport: The case of a head coach in top-level Rugby Union, Hall, E., Gray, S., Martindale, A., Sproule, J., Kelly, J., Potrac, P. 15 Mar 2021, In: Sport Management Review
  • Fear, anger, and loneliness: understanding referee attrition in English grassroots football, Potrac, P., Hall, E., Nichol, A. 16 Sep 2021, In: Sociology of Sport Journal
  • Football, Culture, Skill Development and Sport Coaching: Extending Ecological Approaches in Athlete Development Using the Skilled Intentionality Framework, Vaughan, J., Mallett, C., Potrac, P., López-Felip, M., Davids, K. 8 Jul 2021, In: Frontiers in Psychology
  • More than just a ‘Pro’: a relational analysis of transition in professional football, Stamp, D., Nelson, L., Potrac, P. 2 Jan 2021, In: Sport, Education and Society
  • Sport, Emotion, and Engagement, Potrac, P., Gearity, B., Nichol, A., Hall, E. 2021, The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Sport, Oxford, Oxford University Press
  • The Career Experiences of Football Association Coach Educators: Lessons in Micropolitical Literacy and Action, Allanson, A., Potrac, P., Nelson, L. 4 Mar 2021, In: Qualitiative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health

PGR Supervision

  • 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’: Enacting performance management practices in elite youth football academies. Start Date: 08/12/2016
  • Callum Morgan Taking sports work seriously: Impression management, emotional labour, and employee well-being in sports organisation Start Date: 01/10/2018


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