Mark O’Sullivan is an UEFA A licensed coach and PhD researcher, and is one of the heads of youth development at Swedish premier league football club AIK. He actively coaches, is a coach educator, coach mentor and parent educator. Mark also helped set up the clubs Research and Development department in 2018 where he is part of a team that carries out research to support club development. In his role as PhD researcher at Sheffield Hallam University he has published a significant amount of research papers, in peer reviewed journals, that capture his work both as a coach, academic and researcher.
Mark has also consulted for the Canadian Soccer Association on coach education helping build their new evidence-based Children’s license (launched 2019). While football is his main area of interest he has also consulted, lectured and given workshops coaching, coach education and organizational culture in Basketball, Floorball, Golf, Figure skating and Tennis.
Mark O’Sullivan occupies a unique space in youth sport working actively as both a coach and researcher. One of the main aims with his talks, workshops, practical on field sessions is to support knowledge mobilization – the act of moving research into the hands of research users (educators, coaches, professionals) to effect change.
Mark regularly publishes his thoughts on his blog, Footblogball, where he looks to bridge the gap between practice and research.