Ali Pearson

Teaching Fellow in Applied Sport Science (Academic Cohort Lead - Years 3 and 4)


Ali is a Teaching Fellow in Applied Sport Science, with a particular focus on skill acquisition, and also works as Academic Cohort Lead for Years 3 and 4. He joined the institute in November 2023, having spent 12 years working in applied settings as a Performance Analyst. Ali has worked in multiple settings, from professional level to development settings, and across a wide variety of sports, including football, rugby union, netball, hockey, basketball, tennis, and cricket. Ali has also worked in educational institutions and programmes in a pastoral and student support capacity, most recently at the University of St Andrews where he worked as Deputy Warden in the largest hall of residence, providing out of hours support to resident students and managing the wardennial team.

Ali's interests relate to performance analysis and its effects on learning. This includes video feedback via performance analysis and learning in applied settings, and how practice design impacts the potential benefits of performance analysis. Ali is in the final year of his PhD, a multidisciplinary project funded by World Netball that is investigating development pathways and support structures in match officiating around the world. 


PhD candidate (University of Portsmouth)

MSc Sports Performance Analysis (University of Chichester)

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science  (University of Portsmouth)

Responsibilities & affiliations

International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport accredited analyst - Level 4 Applied

Undergraduate teaching

Sport Science 1A: Physiology & Skill Acquisition - Skill Acquisition tutor

Sport Science 2A: Biochemistry of Exercise & Skill Acquisition - Skill Acquisition teaching

Sport Science 3B: Physiology & Skill Acquisition - Skill Acquisition teaching

Sport Science (Project) 3 - Performance Analysis projects supervision

Sport Science (Dissertation) 4 - project supervision

Postgraduate teaching

MSc/PgDip Dance Science and Education - dissertation supervision

Conceptualising Research: foundations, assumptions and praxis - tutor

Research summary


Pearson, A., Webb, T., Milligan, G., & Miller-Dicks, M. (2023). The use of video feedback as a facet of performance analysis: an integrative review. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Nevill, A., Pearson, A., & Webb, T. (2022). No Crowds, No Home Advantage in Football during the COVID-19 Season: Are Crowds Able to Manipulate All but the Best Referees’ Behaviour?. Journal of Global Sport Management.

Pearson, A., Webb, T., Milligan, G., Dicks, M., & Barrow, C. (2022). Developmental pathways in netball match officiating: examining the potential role of technology. Managing Sport and Leisure.

Current research interests

Performance Analysis; Talent Development; Skill Acquisition; Feedback and learning