Ulster University School of Sport
Ulster University's School of Sport have incorporated a strategic approach to performance analysis across their Masters in Sports Coaching and Performance, along with their undergraduate courses and their innovative Football Coaching and Business Degree. Senior Lecturer Kyle Ferguson shares how they have moved away from the 'moneyball' idea of just counting, to needing to understand the purpose of the data and how that information is used in the coaching process. They use the Performa Sports iPad app as a flexible and adaptable teaching tool that allows students to quickly get up to speed and to interpret data through applied learning.
"We have moved away from the 'moneyball' idea of just counting, to needing to understand the purpose of the data and how that information is used in the coaching process."
Kyle Ferguson, Senior Lecturer
Dungannon Swifts footballer Michael Carvill who is also part of the IFA Coach Education Department and attending the Football Coaching & Business course shares how using Performa Sports iPad app from a coaching perspective has opened his mindset to how video analysis can be used as a better coaching tool.
“Young players are already up to speed with technology so when they see clips of themselves playing its brilliant in terms of reflection - in terms of what they can see and learn. Coaches sometimes try to over communicate and talk too much and sometimes the players don’t take that information on board whereas when they see it visually, that perception - it helps them and it's a better coaching tool."
Michael Carvill, UU Student & IFA Development Department
Glentoran Academy Coach Tommy Moreland gives an 'experienced student' insight into the innovative Football Coaching & Business Degree course run by Ulster University and the IFA. Admitting to usually breaking computers when he touches them, he's found the Performa Sports iPad app a really easy tool to use and is seeing more in team and player performance.
"At the minute we’re watching games and tag things and putting presentations together about goals and different set pieces - we’re running round like mini Gary Nevilles and Jamie Carraghers which is a dream!”