Staff profile

Dr Andrew Butterworth

Senior Lecturer in Performance Analysis

Dr Andrew Butterworth giving a presentation.


Sport and Exercise Science


College of Science and Engineering


School of Human Sciences


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am proud to be programme leader for two of our degrees at the University of Derby; Performance Analysis & Coaching Science (BSc Hons) and Sport Coaching & Development (BA Hons).

As the lead for both of these programmes, I design and teach bespoke content, specialising in performance analysis. 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 work closely with our industry experts and close network of professional contacts, using industry-standard technologies (e.g. Hudl SportsCode, Hudl, Replay, WyScout, iCoda, Tableau) to enhance students employability prospects. My teaching philosophy is centered around students, encouraging them to be innovative and creative in developing new and exciting ways to influence sporting performances. 

Within my role, I also have direct research supervision duties of undergraduate, masters and doctoral students working in applied performance analysis and coaching settings. Through this, our, students work with professional organisations (eg: The FA, Leicester City FC, Derby County FC, GB Climbing), as an analyst or coach, whilst simultaneously completing their research projects to be considered for publication. 

Prior to joining the University in November 2015, I worked a prolonged period as a senior performance analyst in elite international sport. I continue to work in applied roles alongside this job, allowing me to transfer my working knowledge to the classroom. 

Teaching responsibilities

Research interests

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

Membership of professional bodies

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


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.

In the media

Recent publications