Andy Sprake

Associate Lecturer in Physical Education

School of Sport and Wellbeing

Greenbank Building, GR152

+44 (0) 1772 89 4563

Subject Areas: Education, Sport Tourism

Andy joined UCLan in 2015 having previously worked as a Teacher of Secondary Physical Education. His specialist interest is concerned with Physical Education culture and he is research active in the area of Physical Education pedagogy and practice. His PhD is exploring the place of learning and literacy in Physical Education, with the view to exploring alternative pedagogies and assessment practices within the subject area.

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Membership of professional and learned bodies

Andy works with a variety of external professional bodies: he is the English National Delegate for the International Federation of PE; an Executive Committee member of the North Western Counties PE Association; a PE CatalYST with the Youth Sport Trust, a member of the International Physical Literacy Association and a member of the Association of Physical Education.

  • BA (Hons.) Sports Studies, University of Central Lancashire, 2012
  • PGCE in Secondary Physical Education, Liverpool John Moores University, 2013

The Conversation

Andy co-authored an article on The Conversation which was published in October 2018 about PE on the school curriculum, entitled ‘Physical Education is just as important as any other school subject’


Sprake, A. and Palmer, C. (2018). 'Physical Education is just as important as any other school subject'. The Conversation. 

Sprake, A. and Palmer, C. (2018) Physical Education: the allegory of the classroom. Journal of Qualitative Research in Sports Studies, 12, 1, 57-78.

Palmer, C. and Sprake, A. (2018) Physical Education or Physical Entertainment? The hunt for Physical Evidence of learning in school (pp: 295-310). In, Scheuer, C., Bund, A. and Holzweg, M. (Eds.) Changes in childhood and adolescence: current challenges for PE. Logos Verlag Berlin.

Comber, A. and Sprake, A. (2018) Pink whistles and pocket mirrors: why is the FA reproducing gender stereotypes? Journal of Qualitative Research in Sports Studies, 12, 1, 305-310.

Keeling, J., Sprake, A., Palmer, G., and Palmer, C. (2017) 'In conversation with PE, learning and school'. Journal of Qualitative Research in Sports Studies, 11, 1, 105-120.

More Publications

Teaching Activities

Andy’s main teaching responsibilities include working with undergraduate students within the School of Sport and Wellbeing.


Conference Presentations:

  • Sprake, A. and Morehead, E. (2018). Feedback to the Future. Conference Presentation at the CELT Conference, UCLan, June 2018.
  • Sprake, A. and Morehead, E. (2018). Feedback to the Future. Conference Presentation at the Advance Higher Education Conference, Manchester, June 2018.
  • Sprake, A. (2017). ‘Encouraging students to engage with feedback’, presented at the 2nd UCLan Learning and Teaching Faculty Conference - 2nd Nov, 2017.
  • Sprake, A. (2017). ‘Physical Education or Physical Entertainment: where’s the education in PE?’, presented at The International Congress of the Fédération Internationale D´Éducation Physique, Luxembourg, 31.8.2017.
  • Sprake, A. (2017). ‘The Place of Learning and Literacy in Physical Education’, presented at the UCLan Winter Workshop, Burnley Campus, January 2017.
  • Sprake, A. (2017). ‘Too Close for Comfort: collecting data from those who are close to home’, presented at Cultivating Data: Field Research Methods in Sport, UCLan, June 2017.
  • Sprake, A. (2016). ‘Physical Education: life in the relegation zone’, presented at Moving Stories – Stories on the Move, UCLan, June 2016.
  • Sprake, A. (2013). ‘Strike While the Iron is Hot: the duty of physical education to capitalise on its' compulsory position with a holistic curriculum underpinned by physical literacy’, presented at the International Physical Literacy Conference, Wyboston Lakes Training Centre, 12th June, 2013.

External Affiliations and Roles

Professional Associations

  • The International Federation of Physical Education (FIEP): Andy was worn in as the English National Delegate for FIEP, representing physical education in England and making a contribution to the global aims of the Federation.
  • The North West Counties Physical Education Association (NWCPEA). Co-opted onto the Executive Committee and am currently responsible for website development.
  • PE CatlYST for the Youth Sports Trust: Andy is one of the few Higher Education PE CatalYST members in the country.
  • Member of the Association for Physical Education
  • Member of the Microsoft Educator Community

Research Activities

Andy is currently undertaking a PhD study concerned with the place of learning and literacy in physical education.