“Off the Pitch with Active”

These episodes are to help parents accelerate their children’s development and confidence in their sport by applying the recommendations from professionals, coaches and specialised educators.


Active#012: Interview with Mark O’Sullivan, UEFA A licensed coach at AIK in Stockholm, Sweden

58:21 minutes podcast. I have learned so much in my research into adult behaviours and how it affect our children. Mark add to this by discussing the appropriate environment for children to learn.

About Mark

Mark O’Sullivan is a UEFA A licensed coach at AIK in Stockholm, Sweden. Mark delivers Swedish FA coach education courses and has run many youth social projects, has his own blog – Footblogball – and is currently doing PhD research in to designing learning environments in youth football. Mark has also worked as a consultant for the Candian FA (2017) and regularly holds lectures, talks and practical sessions around the world.

If you are a parent, coach or involved with youth, you will enjoy what Mark have to say about the environment children need to learn.


1:15     Introduction to Mark O’Sullivan

3:45     Mark’s background and how he “fell” into Academia and pedagogy. Also, how he discovered a change of his passion.

11:15   Perception and how it is important to understand the players.

16:20   Communication is key, even in the younger age groups between parents, players and clubs.

20:20   Great discussion about the environment for learning

43:40   Swedish Football code

55:35   Closing


Recommended book: Johan Fallby “Gör det bättre själv”

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did. To follow Mark’s work

Twitter: @markstkhlm