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Mark Bertram

Graduate Tutor Sports Coachingmark bertram

Post-graduate Researcher

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

I am a Northumbria University graduate and current sports coaching practitioner operating within the academy system at Newcastle United. Having previously played for the club I took up an initial coaching role in 2008, combining studies with employment. Initially working within the clubs foundation I progressed into working within the development centre set up subsequently leading to a role within the Academy system in 2012. I intend to be a research informed practitioner with a particular interest in high performance coaching, coach pedagogy and practice design. I am currently a Graduate Tutor at Northumbria University, combining doctoral studies with teaching on the undergraduate Sports Coaching degree.




  • MSc Professional practice of Sports Coaching
  • BA Sports Development and Sports Coaching
  • UEFA B license coach
  • FA Youth Award

Overview of Doctoral Research

Why do coaches structure practice the way they do? An investigation of elite youth soccer coaches’ perceptions of practice design and the relationship between pedagogy and athlete outcomes.

I am currently investigating how the coaching philosophy of academy coaches is operationalised through coach pedagogy and the impact this has upon performance outcomes from practice. A specific focus is placed upon the cognitive processes adopted by coaches in the organisation of practice activities to meet specific physiological and technical performance outcomes.



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