Staff profile

Professor Andy Pringle


Professor in Physical Activity and Health Intervention

Andy Pringle whilst doing his field work. In a forest path, with his bike

Department

School of Human Sciences

Research centre

Human Sciences Research Centre

ORCiD ID

0000-0003-0385-0871

Campus

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Email

A.Pringle@derby.ac.uk

About

Andy is Professor of Physical Activity and Health Intervention. He undertakes research and evaluation into the impact and implementation of physical activity interventions. He is the Research Lead in the Department of Sport, Outdoor and Exercise Science and supervises several PhD students.  

He is currently guest editing a special issue on Physical Activity Interventions with Adults and Older Adults for the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Andy over 25 years of experience working in Higher Education and five years of experience working in the NHS as a health promotion specialist. He has contributed to the REF submissions in UoA 3 Allied Health in 2021 and UoA 24 Sport, Tourism and Hospitality in 2014.

Andy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health and a NICE Guidelines Implementation Expert. He was involved in the 2019 Chief Medical Officers' Physical Activity Guidelines. He is a member of the UK Expert Committee for Communications that informs the four UK CMOs on communication priorities for physical activity. He also worked on the NICE Guidelines for Exercise Referral and Walking and Cycling (Exceptional Update). He was appointed as an 'expert' in physical activity and older people. He is trained in Intervention Mapping techniques in public health from the University of Maastricht.

Andy's research investigates the impact and implementation of physical activity interventions and is aligned to the University's Biomedical Area of Research Excellence. His work follows two programmes of research. Firstly, the role of healthcare professionals in physical activity promotion and the impact and implementation of health improvement interventions delivered in football community trusts. He led  Premier League Health, a £1.6m National Evaluation of men's health improvement delivered in 16 Premier League Clubs and audits of health improvement delivered across the English and Spanish Football Leagues. He led £3.2m National Evaluation of the Local Exercise Pilots for the  Department of Health and Sport England across ten pilot sites. Outcomes informed investments in physical activity as part of the the Choosing Health White Paper. He has published over 80 peer-review articles and book chapters including several chapters in international handbooks.  

Andy has a number of PhD completions in the area of physical activity, impact and implementation.  Currently he supervises several PhD students at a number of institutions on topics such as intervention maping, physical activity and dementia, the role of healthcare professionals and physical activity promotion to manage diabetes and cancer and physical activity promotion with underserved groups. He has also examined 13 Postgraduate Research students including several international PhD students

Please do contact Andy if you are interested in doing a PhD.

Teaching responsibilities

Andy contributes his expertise in physical activity, impact and implementation to a number of modules including: 

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies

Qualifications

Recent conferences

Experience in industry

Andy was a Health Promotion Specialist working in the NHS in the North East of England between 1992-1996. He had responsibility for physical activity promotion, NHS and Community Settings. He has experience in planning, implementing and evaluating interventions, needs analysis and partnership working. Andy is also a Trustee at Notts County Foundation with responsibility for Research, Impact and Evaluation. A number of his evaluations with NCF have been published - please see publications below

Rutherford, Z.; Zwolinsky, S.; Kime, N.; Pringle, A. A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of CARE (Cancer and Rehabilitation Exercise): A Physical Activity and Health Intervention, Delivered in a Community Football TrustInt. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 202118, 3327

Pringle, A.; Kime, N.; Zwolinsky, S.; Rutherford, Z.; Roscoe, C.M.P. An Investigation into the Physical Activity Experiences of People Living with and beyond Cancer during the COVID-19 PandemicInt. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 202219, 2945

Roscoe, C.M.P.; Pringle, A.; Chandler, C.; Faghy, M.A.; Barratt, B. The Role of Physical Activity in Cancer Recovery: An Exercise Practitioner’s PerspectiveInt. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 202219, 3600

International Experience

Andy has studied Intervention Mapping in Public Health and Project Management in the Netherlands and presented research at a number of international meetings.

In the media

Promotion of work via TV, social media and other media.

Examples of media are listed below:

Recent Publications

A full list of Andy's publications can be found on Google Scholar

Special Issue International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Pringle, A. and Kime, N (2022). Interventions to Promote Physical Activity and Health Ageing. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health [Open to Submissions Until July 31 2022]

Cortnage, M.; Pringle, A (2022) Onset of Weight Gain and Health Concerns for Men: Findings from the TAP Programme. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 19, 579

King, A., Pringle, A., Pickering, K, Kime, N., (2022). "A 150-mile ultra-endurance cycling event for people with type 1 diabetes: A qualitative analysis of knowledge, preparation and management strategies". Practical Diabetes, March/April

Dobell, A., Pringle, A., Faghy, M.A. and Roscoe, C.M., (2021). Educators’ perspectives on the value of physical education, physical activity, and fundamental movement skills for early years foundation stage in children in England. Children, 8, 5, pp.338

Hobbs, M., Moltchanova, E., Wicks, C., Pringle, A., Griffiths, C., Radley, D. and Zwolinsky, S., (2021). Investigating the environmental, behavioural, and sociodemographic determinants of attendance at a city-wide public health physical activity intervention: Longitudinal evidence over one year from 185,245 visits. Preventive Medicine, 143, p.106334

Lozano, L., Pringle, A., Carless, D and Drew, K., (2021). A qualitative study of men’s behavioural changes during weight loss maintenance." Perspectives in Public Health, 140, 6, pp.317-326

Pringle, A., R., Zwolinsky, S. and Lozano, L., (2021). Investigating the delivery of health improvement interventions through professional football club community trusts-strengths and challenges. Public Health in Practice, p.100104

Vishnubala, D. and Pringle, A., (2021). Working with healthcare professionals to promote physical activity. Perspectives in Public Health, p.1757913920978253

Taylor, D. & Pringle, A., (2021). Investigating the effect of walking football on the mental and social wellbeing of men. Soccer & Society

Kime, N., Pringle, A., Zwolinsky, S. and Vishnubala, D., (2020) How prepared are healthcare professionals for delivering physical activity guidance to those with diabetes? A formative evaluation. BMC Health Services Research, 20(1), pp.1-12

Vishnubala, D., Marino, K.R., Pratten, M.K., Pringle, A., Griffin, S.A., Finn, G., Bazira, P., and Edwards, K., (2020). Integrating sport and exercise medicine clinics into the National Health Service: a qualitative study. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, 6, 1, p.e000888

Vishnubala, D., Pringle, A., Kime, N., Zwolinsky, S., (2020). The role of GPNs in the promotion of physical activity. Journal of General Practice Nursing, 4, pp.3-4

[Pringle, A. Named contributor to Expert Working Group: Annex A] UK Chief Medical Officer Physical Activity Guidelines, Department of Health, 2019

Pringle, A., Kime, N., Zwolinsky, N., and Lozano, L. (2019) Evaluating interventions: Lessons and experiences from the field of practice. In Horter, R and Schinkee, D. International Society of Sport Psychology Encyclopaedia, Routledge, London

Hargreaves, J. and Pringle, A., (2019). “Football is pure enjoyment”: An exploration of the behaviour change processes which facilitate engagement in football for people with mental health problems. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 16, pp.19-30

Lozano-Sufrategui, L., Pringle, A., Zwolinsky, S. and Drew, K.J., (2019) Professional football clubs’ involvement in health promotion in Spain: Health Promotion International

Zwolinsky, S., Kime, N., Pringle, A., Widdop, P. and McKenna, J. (2018) Designing programmes of physical activity through sport: learning from a widening participation intervention, ‘City of Football’. BMC Public Health, 18(1), p.1142

Kime, N.H., Pringle, A., Rivett, M.J. and Robinson, P.M. (2018) Physical activity and exercise in adults with type 1 diabetes: understanding their needs using a person-centred approach. HER, 33(5), pp.375-88

Mutrie, N., Standage, M., Pringle, A., et al., (2018) Chief Medical Officers Physical Activity Guidelines: Expert Working Group Working Paper Communication and Surveillance.UK physical activity guidelines: developing options for future communication & surveillance. University of Bristol, May 2018

Pringle, A., McKenna, J., and Zwolinsky, S. (2018) Linking physical activity and health evaluation to policy: Lessons from UK evaluations. In J Piggin, L. et al. Handbook of Physical Activity Policy, pp.425-40

National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence, Jebb, S., Lloyd, A., Sowden, A., Packham, C., Rothschild, J., Yardley, L. Jofre Bonet, M., Prevost, T., Pringle, A., McNish, E., Ward, M., Jepson, R., Sutton, S., Bostock, S, Morris, S., (2014). NICE Guidance on promoting physical activity through exercise referral. London, NICE

Mutrie, N., Standage, M., Pringle, A., Laventure, R., Smith, L., Strain, T., Kelly, P., Dall, P., Milton, K., Chalkley, A., College, N., Foster, C., and Banfield, K., (2018). Expert Working Group Working Paper Communication and Surveillance.UK physical activity guidelines: developing options for future communication and surveillance. University of Bristol

[Named contributor, Annex B] Department of Health (2019). UK Chief Medical Officers Physical Activity Guidelines

McKenna, J., and Pringle, A., (2008). ‘Adherence’. In D., Kirk., C., Cooke, A., Flintoff and J., McKenna. Ed., Key Concepts in Sport and Exercise Sciences. London: Sage, pp.96-98

Rutherford Z., Seymore-Smith, S., Matthews, C., Wilcox J., Gough, B., Parnell, D., and Pringle, A., (2015). The effect of a Football in the Community delivered weight loss programme on over 35-year-old men and women’s cardiovascular risk factors. Soccer and Society. In D., Parnell and D., Richardson, Ed., Football and Society, London, Taylor and Francis, pp.51-69

Robertson S., Zwolinsky S., Pringle, A., McKenna, J., Smith A., White A., (2015). It is fun, fitness and football really’: A process evaluation of a football-based health intervention for men. In R.J., Schinke, K., McGannon, K., and, B., Smith, Ed., Community Based Research in Sport, Exercise and Health Science, London, Routledge, pp.19-39

Pringle, A., Zwolinsky, S., Hargreaves, J., Lozano, L., and McKenna, J., (2015). Assessing the impact of football-based health improvement programmes: Stay onside, avoid own goals, and bag the evaluation net. In D., Parnell, and D., Richardson, Ed., Football and Society, London, Taylor and Francis, pp.70-87

Pringle, A., Parnell, D., Zwolinsky, S., Hargreaves, J., McKenna, J., (2015). Effect of a health improvement programme for older adults delivered in/by Burton Albion FC. In D., Parnell and D., Richardson, Ed., Football and Society, London, Taylor and Francis, pp.112-118

Zwolinsky, S., McKenna, J., Parnell and Pringle, A. (2016). Can the English Premier League Funding for PE and School Sport Achieve its aims? In D., Parnell, and A., Pringle, Ed., Football and Health Improvement: An Emergent Field. London, Routledge, pp.242-245

Zwolinsky, S., McKenna, J., and Pringle, A., (2016). How can the health system benefit from increasing participation in sport, exercise, and physical activity? In: D., Conrad, and A., White, Ed., Sports-Based Health Interventions: Case Studies from Around the World. Springer, London, pp.29-52

Zwolinsky, S., McKenna, J., Pringle, A., Daly-Smith, A., Robertson, S., and White, A., (2016). Supporting lifestyle risk reduction: promoting men’s health through professional football. In D., Parnell, and A., Pringle, Ed., Football and Health Improvement: An Emergent Field. London, Routledge, pp. 183-185

Pringle, A. and Parnell, D., (2017). Football and health: An emerging field. In Parnell, D., and Pringle, A., Ed., Football and Health: An Emergent Field. London, Routledge, pp.1-4

Pringle, A., and Zwolinsky, S., (2017). Older adults, physical activity, and public health. In Parnell, D., and Krustrup, P., Ed., Sport and Health: Exploring the Current State of Play, London. Routledge, pp.84-110

Martin, A., Morgan, S., Parnell, D., Philpott, M., Pringle, A., Rigby, M., Taylor, A. and Topham, J., (2017). A perspective from key stakeholders on football and health improvement. In Parnell, D., and Pringle, A., Ed., Football and Health: An Emergent Field. London, Routledge, pp. 5-12

Curran, K., Rosenbaum, S., Parnell, D., Stubbs, B., Pringle. A. and Hargreaves, J., (2017). Tackling the burden of poor mental health: the role of professional football clubs. In M., Phillpott, K.., Curran, and D., Parnell., Ed., Healthy Stadia: An Insight from Policy to Practice. London, Routledge, pp.81-90

Lozano-Sufrategui, L., Pringle, A., Carless, D. and McKenna, J., (2017). ‘A critical exploration of older men’s experiences of a weight management programme delivered through a Healthy Stadia project. In M., Phillpott, K., Curran, and D., Parnell., Ed., Healthy Stadia: An Insight from Policy to Practice. London, Routledge, pp.103-115

Pringle, A., Parnell, D., Rutherford, Z., McKenna, J., Zwolinsky, S. and Hargreaves, J., (2018). Sustaining health improvement activities delivered in English professional football clubs using evaluation: A short communication. In C., Porter, A., Kiernan, and A., May, Ed., Football and Sustainability. Taylor and Francis, pp. 59-69

Pringle, A., McKenna, J., and Zwolinsky, S., (2018) Linking physical activity and health evaluation to policy: Lessons from UK evaluations. In J Piggin, L., Mansfield, and M., Weed., Ed., The Routledge Handbook of Physical Activity Policy and Practice. London, Taylor and Francis, pp.425-440

Pringle, A., Kime, N., Lozano, L. and Zwolinksy, S., (2020). Evaluating interventions. In D., Hackfort, and R., Schinke, Ed., The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Sport and Exercise Psychology: Volume 2: Applied and Practical Measures. London, Routledge, pp.219-316

Pringle, A., Zwolinsky, S and Feavers, J., (2022). Engaging hard-to-reach populations. In A., Scott, and D., Broom., Ed., The Routledge International Handbook of Exercise Referral. London, Routledge

Parnell, D and Pringle, A., (2016). Football and Health Improvement: An Emergent Field, Ed. London, Taylor and Francis, pp.1-99