Staff profile

Dr Andrew Butterworth

Senior Lecturer in Performance Analysis

Dr Andrew Butterworth giving a presentation.


Sport and Exercise Science


College of Life and Natural Sciences


School of Human Sciences


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I joined the University of Derby in November 2015 following a prolonged period working as a senior performance analyst in elite international sport. 

As the lead academic for performance analysis at the University, I design and teach bespoke content for our performance analysis and coaching science degree. I am proud of the applied approach I take to teaching, designing engaging and interactive sessions that mirror real-world practices. To do this, I utilise contemporary industry-standard technologies (e.g. Hudl, SportsCode, iCoda, Wyscout, Tableau). 

Within this role, I also have direct research supervision duties of both undergraduate and postgraduate students working in applied performance analysis. Through this, our, students work with professional organisations (e.g. The FA, Leicester City FC, Derby County FC), as an analyst whilst simultaneously completing their research projects. 

In addition, I am the College lead for our 'with foundation' provision which encompasses the guidance of four staff and responsibility for approximately 160 students. I also hold roles within employability, internships and consultancy.

Teaching responsibilities

Foundations of Sport & Exercise (L3)
Introduction to Performance Analysis (L4)
Applied Notational Analysis (L5)
Advanced Performance Analysis (L6)
Practitioner Development (L7)

Research interests

I am currently researching into a number of contemporary areas within performance analysis:

Membership of professional bodies

  • International Society of Performance Analysis (ISPAS) - Level 5 (World Class) accredited performance analyst
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy


Recent conferences

  • Mayes, A. & Butterworth, A.D. (2014). Player centricity and lifelong learning. Global Sportstec Innovation Conference (GSIC) London
  • Butterworth, A.D. & O’Donoghue, P. (2016).  Network analysis of passing in international netball. Paper presented at the World Congress of Performance Analysis, Alicante, Spain
  • Butterworth, A.D. (2016).  Domestic and international comparisons of international netball performance analysis. Paper presented at the World Congress of Performance Analysis, Alicante, Spain
  • Butterworth, A.D. (2019). Contemporary performance analysis. Hudl Academy Launch Conference. Manchester

Experience in industry

I have extensive applied performance analysis and coaching experience including;

International experience

I have extensive international experience having toured and worked as a performance analyst with a number of elite sports teams. This has included travel to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Jamaica, Europe and Asia.

Recent publications