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Andrew Daly-Smith

Reader in Healthy Childhood

Faculty/Dept/School Faculty of Health Studies


Dr Andy Daly-Smith is a reader in physical activity and healthy childhood. He leads the Wolfson centre for applied research health childhood theme. His research focuses on the design, development and evaluation of behaviour change interventions for physical activity and health in children. He is heavily involved in the Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research and Born in Bradford as a Research Director on the Sport England funded Join Us: Move Play programme. Recently, Andy led the co-development of the first UK-based whole-school physical activity framework with 50 regional, national and international stakeholders. The model has been widely adopted across the UK to drive systems change for health and physical activity within schools. In May 2018 he co-delivered a TEDxEducation talk on physically active learning.


Physical Activity 


Systems change 

Executive Function 

Academic Performance 

Child Heath 

Date Role Title / Description Funder Award
01-JUL-19 - 01-JUL-25Research Director Join Us: Move Play
01-SEP-19 - 31-AUG-22Co-Investigator ACTivating Classroom Teachers: teachers on the move
01-SEP-19 - 30-SEP-20Principal Investigator Evaluation of the Evolve Project HERO Schoosl programme


Teaching highlights

Course Leader 

BSc (Hons) Sport, Physical Activity and Health 

BA (Hons) Physical Education with Outdoor Education 

External Examiner 

University of Huddersfield: Physical Activity, Exercise and Health 

New Buckinghamshire University: Physical Activity, Exercise and Health 

Module Leadership (selected)

Leadership of Physical Activity in Children and Young People

Physically Active Learning 

Whole-school approaches to physical activity 


TitleTeacher Perceptions of Fundamental Movement Skills and their Assessment in Primary Schools (2021)
AuthorsEddy, L.H., Hill, L.J.B., Mon-Williams, M. Preston, N., Daly-Smith, A., Medd, G. & Bingham, D.D.
JournalMeasurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science
TitleA whole system approach to increasing children's physical activity in a multi-ethnic UK city: a process evaluation protocol. (2021)
AuthorsHall J;Bingham DD;Seims A;Dogra SA;Burkhardt J;Nobles J;McKenna J;Bryant M;Barber SE;Daly-Smith A;
JournalBMC Public Health
TitleBehaviours that prompt primary school teachers to adopt and implement physically active learning: a meta synthesis of qualitative evidence. (2021)
AuthorsDaly-Smith A;Morris JL;Norris E;Williams TL;Archbold V;Kallio J;Tammelin TH;Singh A;Mota J;von Seelen J;Pesce C;Salmon J;McKay H;Bartholomew J;Resaland GK;
JournalInternational Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
TitleTeachers' Perspectives on the Acceptability and Feasibility of Wearable Technology to Inform School-Based Physical Activity Practices. (2021)
AuthorsWort GK;Wiltshire G;Peacock O;Sebire S;Daly-Smith A;Thompson D;
JournalFrontiers In Sports And Active Living
TitleThe Conforming, The Innovating and The Connecting Teacher: A qualitative study of why teachers in lower secondary school adopt physically active learning (2021)
AuthorsLerum Ø.;Eikeland Tjomsland H.;Leirhaug P.E.;McKenna J.;Quaramby T.;Bartholomew J.;Jenssen E.S.;Smith A.D.;Resaland G.K.
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
TitleModerate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity in Primary School Children: Inactive Lessons Are Dominated by Maths and English (2021)
AuthorsDaly-Smith, A; Hobbs, M; Morris, J.L: Defeyter, M.A; Resealand, G.K; McKenna, J
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
TitleUsing a multi-stakeholder experience-based design process to co-develop the Creating Active Schools Framework. (2020)
AuthorsDaly-Smith A;Quarmby T;Archbold VSJ;Corrigan N;Wilson D;Resaland GK;Bartholomew JB;Singh A;Tjomsland HE;Sherar LB;Chalkley A;Routen AC;Shickle D;Bingham DD;Barber SE;van Sluijs E;Fairclough SJ;McKenna J;
JournalInternational Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
TitleImplementing physically active learning: Future directions for research, policy, and practice. (2020)
AuthorsDaly-Smith A;Quarmby T;Archbold VSJ;Routen AC;Morris JL;Gammon C;Bartholomew JB;Resaland GK;Llewellyn B;Allman R;Dorling H;
JournalJournal of Sport and Health Science
TitleIntroducing physically active lessons in UK secondary schools: feasibility study and pilot cluster-randomised controlled trial. (2019)
AuthorsGammon C;Morton K;Atkin A;Corder K;Daly-Smith A;Quarmby T;Suhrcke M;Turner D;van Sluijs E;
JournalBMJ Open
TitleThe Daily Mile™ initiative: Exploring physical activity and the acute effects on executive function and academic performance in primary school children (2019)
AuthorsMorris J.L.;Daly-Smith A.;Archbold V.;Wilkins E.;McKenna J.
JournalPsychology of Sport and Exercise
TitleA Pedometer-Based Physically Active Learning Intervention: The Importance of Using Preintervention Physical Activity Categories to Assess Effectiveness. (2019)
AuthorsMorris JL;Daly-Smith A;Defeyter MA;McKenna J;Zwolinsky S;Lloyd S;Fothergill M;Graham PL;
JournalPediatric Excercise Science
Title‘You get some very archaic ideas of what teaching is … ’: primary school teachers’ perceptions of the barriers to physically active lessons (2019)
AuthorsQuarmby T.;Daly-Smith A.;Kime N.
JournalEducation 3-13
TitleCommentary on a recent article on the effects of the 'Daily Mile' on physical activity, fitness and body composition: addressing key limitations. (2019)
AuthorsDaly-Smith A;Morris JL;Hobbs M;McKenna J;
JournalBMC Medicine
TitleSystematic review of acute physically active learning and classroom movement breaks on children's physical activity, cognition, academic performance and classroom behaviour: understanding critical design features. (2018)
AuthorsDaly-Smith AJ;Zwolinsky S;McKenna J;Tomporowski PD;Defeyter MA;Manley A;
JournalBmj Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
TitleSupporting lifestyle risk reduction: promoting men’s health through professional football (2016)
AuthorsZwolinsky S.;McKenna J.;Pringle A.;Daly-Smith A.;Robertson S.;White A.
JournalSoccer and Society
TitleA case study objectively assessing female physical activity levels within the National Curriculum for Physical Education (2015)
AuthorsHobbs M.;Daly-Smith A.;Morley D.;McKenna J.
JournalEuropean Physical Education Review
TitleHealth improvement for men and hard-to-engage-men delivered in English Premier League football clubs. (2014)
AuthorsPringle A;Zwolinsky S;McKenna J;Robertson S;Daly-Smith A;White A;
JournalHealth Education Research
TitleInitial effects of a free swimming pilot programme on the physical activity levels of young people. (2014)
AuthorsPringle A;Zwolinsky S;McKenna J;Brown P;Daly-Smith A;
JournalPublic Health
TitleDeveloping Interventions for Children's Exercise (DICE): a pilot evaluation of school-based exercise interventions for primary school children aged 7 to 8 years. (2014)
AuthorsHind K;Torgerson D;McKenna J;Ashby R;Daly-Smith A;Truscott J;MacKay H;Jennings A;
JournalJournal of physical activity & health
TitleYear 7 dietary intake: a comparison of two schools with middle-high socio-economic status. (2013)
AuthorsGreatwood HC;Daly-Smith A;McGregor S;McKenna J;
JournalJournal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics
TitleOptimizing lifestyles for men regarded as 'hard-to-reach' through top-flight football/soccer clubs. (2013)
AuthorsZwolinsky S;McKenna J;Pringle A;Daly-Smith A;Robertson S;White A;
JournalHealth Education Research
TitleDelivering men's health interventions in English Premier League football clubs: key design characteristics. (2013)
AuthorsPringle A;Zwolinsky S;McKenna J;Daly-Smith A;Robertson S;White A;
JournalPublic Health
TitleEffect of a national programme of men's health delivered in English Premier League football clubs. (2013)
AuthorsPringle A;Zwolinsky S;McKenna J;Daly-Smith A;Robertson S;White A;
JournalPublic Health
TitleThe impact of additional weekdays of active commuting to school on children achieving a criterion of 300+ minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (2011)
AuthorsDaly-Smith A.;McKenna J.;Radley D.;Long J.
JournalHealth Education Journal

Other typeEditorial
TitleReconsidering current objectives for physical activity within physical education. (2018)
AuthorsHobbs M;Daly-Smith A;McKenna J;Quarmby T;Morley D;
JournalBritish Journal Of Sports Medicine