Originally a Carnegie PE graduate, Andy’s 30-year sport career includes working within Governing Bodies of sport, national sports organisations and education institutions across the country, as well as developing his parallel career as a sports coach over the past 32 years. Returning to his roots in Sheffield, Andy is currently Course Leader for the Sport Coaching undergraduate programme and is leading the development of the course within the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity here at Collegiate Campus.
While experiencing 34 sports at school, club and district levels Andy’s first love has been Rugby Union, with side interests in Athletics and American football. After his rugby union playing career ended, with Newcastle RFU, Andy pursued his rugby union coaching aspirations and has worked with clubs, representative teams and developmental programmes across the country.
With experience of coaching 2 - 40 year olds at school, club and county levels, as well as within professional performance rugby, Although Andy has won five league promotions, County cups, youth festivals and set a world first with Novocastrians WRFC his major achievement is meeting participants inspired to engage in the sport through his coaching.
A senior RFU Coach Educator (24 years) and National Trainer Andy has worked with over 10,000 rugby coaches including many current professional coaches to engage in and develop sport coaching skills, knowledge and understanding. While running his own sport coaching business Andy also consults on sports coaching policy and national and local levels.
A key member of the UK Coaching Framework development team Andy maintains a research interest in the professionalisation of sport coaching as well as participant development and rugby union.
Away from university life Andy maintains an interest in the outdoors, completing solo national 3-peaks and 'Hadrian Wall' challenges to raise money for children’s charities, as well as following his interests in genealogy and history.
Specialist areas of interest
The professionalization of Sports Coaching
Talent Identification and development
Athlete and participant development
Development of sport coaches and sport coaching
Community sport development