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Dr. Paul Anthony Potrac

BA (Hons), PhD
Paul is a Professor of Sport Coaching in the Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation at Northumbria University. His teaching and research focus on the social and embodied nature of sports work, inclusive of the paradoxes, challenges, and complexities that sports workers (e.g., managers, coaches, instructors, and athletes) encounter in their day-to-day practice. Alongside his work in performance sport environments, his research also explores how sports workers are deployed to facilitate a variety of health, education, and social policy goals (e.g., reducing crime, overcoming social isolation, improving educational attainment) in community settings.  Specifically, through the utilisation of ethnographic methods and interactionist/dramaturgical theorising, this line of inquiry focuses on the everyday demands and realities of policy enactment, the extent to which sport workers feel prepared to ‘influence’ client groups towards desired ends, as well as how different client groups experience, interpret and respond to their participation in various community sport projects and programmes. To date, his research has been funded by the Football Association, the European Union of Football Associations (UEFA), and the Sunderland Foundation of Light.