Andy is currently Deputy Head of Department of Sport and Exercise and the Director of Sport for the University of Gloucestershire. He joined the University in 1996 after a career in sports development in London, and has taught on courses in leisure, sport, sociology and management at all levels of provision.
Andy also has a background in research, and was a member of the University’s successful Leisure and Sport Research Unit (LSRU) where he developed a specialism in youth and community football. Since then Andy has been a joint author of a book in this area, has conducted a number of research projects for The Football Association and, in 2009, and was the subject advisor on The FA’s Respect Parent Module (see http://www.thefa.com/respectguide).
Since being awarded a Teaching Fellowship at the University in 2008, Andy has been helping to develop the Department’s unique programme of community engagement activities, which include Onside, our community football project, the Physical Activity and Sport Enterprise and the RELAYS initiative (http://www.universitiessouthwest.ac.uk/relays.aspx).
His current role is focused on developing these community links and enhancing the University’s support for performance sport. Blue and Blue Sport, launched in 2010, aims to maximise the potential of our athletes in BUCS competition and develop partnerships that raise the standards of sporting excellence across Gloucestershire.
2007, with Brackenridge et al, Child Welfare in Football. London: Routledge.
2010, with Collins, M.F. Careers in Sports Development. In Collins, M.F. (ed) Case Studies in Sports Development. London: Routledge
2009, with Colman, R. Sports Development: An Introduction. In Bill, K (ed) Sports Management. Cambridge: Learning Matters.
2008, with Hobbs, J. Sustainable Development and Sports Development. In Carolyn Roberts (ed) Active Learning and Sustainable Development: Case Studies Across the HE Curriculum. Cheltenham: University of Gloucestershire.
2005, with Allen Collinson et al., Evaluating Sports-based Inclusion Projects: Methodological Imperatives to Empower Marginalised Young People. In Hylton, K., Long, J. and Flintoff, A. (eds) Evaluating Sport and Active Leisure for Young People. Eastbourne: Leisure Studies Association.
Brackenridge, C.H., Pitchford, A. and Wilson, M. (in press, July 2011) 'Respect: Results of a pilot project designed to improve behaviour in English football', Managing Leisure - An International Journal.
2005, With Bacon, A.W., The Construction of Knowledge: A Case Study of Leisure Management in the UK. Studies in Higher Education. 30 (3).
2005, with Brackenridge et al, Measuring the Impact of Child Protection through Activation States. Sport, Education and Society 10 (2).
2004 with Brackenridge et al, The Football Association’s Child Protection Research Project 2002-2006: Rationale, Design and First Year Results. Managing Leisure 24 (3).
2004 with Brackenridge et al, ‘Children in Football: Seen but not Heard’. Soccer in Society. 5 (1).
2000 with Bacon, W. Sports Development and the Public Sector: The Case of Association Bowls. The International Journal of the History of Sport. 17 (1).
Recent Conference/Seminar Papers and Organisation
2008 International Conference on Studying Sports Development. Keynote: A Critical Peadgogy for Sports Development. Brunel University 25th April 2008
2008 Youth Sport Conference. Keynote: Researching Youth Football. Loughborough University. 20th September 2008.