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Personal profile


Mark joined Edge Hill in 2009 after working in professional football as a coach, teacher and performance analyst at Wigan Athletic and Bolton Wanderers. Mark was the Head Coach of the Paralympic Sport Goalball leading up to London 2012. Mark still currently coaches in a football academy.  

Research interests

Mark’s research interests are in coaching practice, coach learning and the social influences on coaches’ practice and learning. Mark's PhD focused on the (re)construction of coaching philosophy.


Mark coordinates and teaches a number of modules that integrate pedagogy and practical knowledge in coaching practice.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy , PhD, Loughborough University

Award Date: 2 Mar 2020

Sport Coaching, MSc, Loughborough University

… → 2009

Sports Coaching and Performance Development , BSc, Edge Hill University

… → 2005

Education, PGCert

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Research Output

The impact of video feedback on professional youth football coaches’ reflection and practice behaviour: a longitudinal investigation of behaviour change

Partington, M., Cushion, C., Cope, E. & Harvey, S., 20 Aug 2015, In : Reflective Practice. 16, 5, p. 700-716

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  • 22 Citations (Scopus)
    154 Downloads (Pure)

    A critical analysis of the conceptualisation of ‘coaching philosophy’

    Cushion, C. & Partington, M., 17 Aug 2016, In : Sport, Education and Society. 21, 6, p. 851-867 17 p.

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    Open Access
  • 32 Citations (Scopus)
    1470 Downloads (Pure)
  • 96 Citations (Scopus)

    A review of the use of a systematic observation method in coaching research between 1997-2016

    Cope, E., Partington, M. & Harvey, S., 15 Nov 2016, In : Journal of Sports Sciences.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 8 Citations (Scopus)
    852 Downloads (Pure)

    An investigation of professional top-level youth football coaches’ questioning practice

    Cope, E., Partington, M., Cushion, C. & Harvey, S., 7 Aug 2016, In : Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. 8, 4, p. 380-393 14 p.

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    Open Access
  • 9 Citations (Scopus)
    289 Downloads (Pure)



    • 1 Editorial work

    Routledge (Publisher)

    MARK PARTINGTON (Reviewer)

    1 Jan 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial work