Andrew Butterworth

Andrew Butterworth staff profile

Position: Lecturer in Sports Coaching & Performance Analysis

College: College of Life & Natural Sciences

Department: Life Sciences

Subject area: Sport and Exercise

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I joined the University of Derby in November 2015 as a lecturer in Sport and Exercise specialising in sports coaching and performance analysis. I am currently Module Leader for Level 3 Foundation in Sport and Exercise alongside Level 5 and Level 6 Sports Coaching. I completed my BSc (Hons) degree at the University of Hertfordshire where I subsequently started my teaching career. Following my undergraduate degree I started a PhD in Sports Coaching and Performance Analysis at Cardiff Metropolitain University in conjunction with England Netball, which I am due to complete in 2016. My research involves the design, implementation and review of a multimedia performance profiling technique, developed in situ with two international elite sport teams.

Teaching responsibilities

Level 3 - Foundation in Sport & Exercise

Level 4 - Coaching and Skill Acquisition

Level 4 - Academic & Applied Skills

Level 4 - Principles of Sports Biomechanics and Performance Analysis

Level 5 - Sports Coaching: Theory & Practice

Level 6 - Advanced Sports Coaching

Level 7 - Sports Training Principles

Research interests

Performance profiling

Variability in performance

The working relationship between coach and performance analyst

The role of performance analysis in the coaching process

Membership of professional bodies

International Society of Performance Analysis (ISPAS) - Level 5 (World Class) accredited performance analyst


BSc (Hons) Sports Studies - University of Hertfordshire

PGCert in Higher Education - University of Derby (Ongoing)

PhD in Sports Coaching & Performance Analysis - Cardiff Metropolitan University (Ongoing)

Recent publications

Butterworth, A.D., Turner, D.J. & Johnstone, J.A. (2012). Coaches perceptions of the potential use of performance analysis in badminton. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 12(2), 452-467.

Butterworth, A.D., O'Donoghue, P. & Cropley, B. (2013). Performance profiling in sports coaching: a review. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 13(3), 572-593.

Butterworth, A.D. & Turner, D.J. (2014). Becoming a performance analyst: autoethnographic reflections on agency and facilitated transformational growth. Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 15(5), 552-562.

Recent conferences

Mayes, A. & Butterworth, A.D. (2014). Player centricity and lifelong learning. Global Sportstec Innovation Conference (GSIC) London.

Experience in industry

Senior Performance Analyst - England Netball (Current)

Head of Performance Analysis - Loughborough Lightning (Current)

Head of Performance Analysis - University of Hertfordshire 

Performance Analyst - Badminton England

Performance Analyst - TeamGB (London 2012 Paralympics)

Performance Analyst - Hertfordshire Mavericks

Performance Analyst - Watford Ladies FC

Performance Analyst - Arsenal Ladies FC

Technical Video Service (TVS) - LOCOG (London 2012 Olympics)

Applied Assistant Biomechanist - England Athletics

International experience

Extensive international travel with applied performance analysis work including tours and work including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Jamaica. 

In the media

Going for Gold - How to combine elite sports training with university - The Independent (August 2016) -

Could you be the next Usain Bolt? - The Independent (August 2016) -

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