Course Director of BSc Sports Coaching and Analysis & Senior Lecturer
Telephone:020 7815 7935
School/Division:Applied Sciences / Human Sciences
After completing his undergraduate degree in Sports and Physical Education, Mario continued on to do an MSc in Sport for Youth and Children and a PhD in Human Kinetics. During these studies he was professionally active as Sports and PE Teacher as well as a handball coach. He was awarded a research fellowship by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology and in 2013 he came to London South Bank University as a visiting researcher. In 2014 he was appointed as the new Lecturer in Sports Coaching and Analysis. Mario teaches in both sports undergraduate degrees and his research interests are in sports coaching, coach behaviours, coach expertise, coach education, learning and professional development. He has extensive experience in sport from grass roots to elite performance coaching.
Mario strongly believes that the symbiotic work between sports academics and sports practitioners will result in a more effective learning process for the students - a belief which is being proved in applied research. For instance, undergraduate sports students appreciate lectures where they are able to see evidence of the theoretical knowledge applied in the practical field.
Mario's areas of teaching are: Sports Coaching and Analysis; Sport and Exercise Science; Sports Pedagogy; Coaching Methodologies.
Mario's research interests are in sports coaching, coach behaviours, coach expertise, coach education, learning and professional development. His research is focused on sports pedagogy, examining the sports coaches knowledge and competences and their coaching methodologies. Recently, he has also studied the sports migration phenomenon, particularly sports coaches' mobilities.
Awards: Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. Individual Doctoral Grant (12 months value: £13,500). Project title: The success coach in the globalization era: A study of sports coaches' migration.
Mario is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Mario has been actively involved in coaching practice as a qualified handball coach. He has extensive experience in sport from grass roots to elite performance coaching in Portugal. He co-founded Handball Project, the Portuguese non-for-profit association for handball performance and sport development, which aimed at developing handball and providing continuous professional development to coaches.