MSc Applied Sport Performance Analysis Placement – Derby County FC & Loughborough University

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Derby County Performance Analysis Placements & MSc Applied Sport Performance Analysis

Loughborough University and ­­­­­­­Derby County Football Club are committed to the development of aspiring coaches and practitioners into elite sport. We currently have four exciting opportunities for aspiring performance analysts to develop their expertise via a combination of high-quality teaching on our MSc Applied Sport Performance Analysis course, and through applied experience with Derby County FC.

Students on our new MSc course accumulate over 450 hours of experience in applied practice. The candidates will be supported with a £5000 stipend and have an opportunity to further their development with mentorship and support from our elite coaches, support staff and a dedicated placement tutor. During the placement, there is an opportunity to build a portfolio of practical expertise while learning how to operate in a modern interdisciplinary team, enhancing your employability within the performance analysis field.

What would I be doing?

· Provide ­­­25 hours of performance analysis support each week, evening and weekend work may be required and the working schedule may vary week to week around match and training programmes.

· Support the capture and analysis of all academy matches and training in line with team-specific performance analysis templates.

· Have an active role in the creation and delivery of day release analysis sessions working closely with coaching staff.

· Communicate performance analysis insights with coaches, performance analysis staff and the wider support staff to develop performance.

· Help in the collection, storage and analysis of key performance data. Implement effective processes to analyse data at key stages throughout the season.

· As and when requested deliver coach-led projects around key areas of play, goalkeeping, and coach education.

· Be an active member of the coaching team supporting how information is translated and contribute to the overall learning environment.

· Complete a novel research project and share the findings with the club upon the completion of your placement.

Why should I apply for this opportunity?

· You will have regular exposure to working with coaches, support staff and athletes as part of an interdisciplinary team in an elite sporting environment.

· You will have an excellent platform to develop advanced knowledge and the skills to analyse and support performance in elite sport.

· You will have the opportunity to learn from applied practitioners, with extensive experience in elite sport, and world-renowned research-active academics.

· You will have access to market-leading performance analysis hardware and software (HUDL software, Catapult, Tableau and others), used in professional sports organisations.

· You will benefit from the unique internal and external sporting partners at Loughborough University to provide authentic and challenging learning opportunities.

· The opportunity to learn alongside the Performance Analysis team which will also develop the broad skills, knowledge and experience required to deliver impactful insights to elite coaches and athletes.

· You will have a dedicated and experienced placement tutor to support your personal development and future career planning.

What is Loughborough University and Derby County looking for?

· Relevant experience within performance analysis (desirable not essential).

· Highly numerate with strong technical and IT skills.

· Experience in the use of performance analysis software(s) and related video production and analysis tools to feedback actionable insights (desirable not essential).

· Understanding of the coaching process and how analysis can influence this.

· Energy and enthusiasm. Someone who enjoys interacting with different groups of people and enjoys the challenge the role brings and is committed to achieving personal and team objectives

· A pro-active individual – understands the needs of the team to be successful and is forthcoming with ideas and assistance.

· Highly organised, with the ability to work under pressure and deal with multiple tasks

· Eager to develop and progress both technically and in the softer skills of being an analyst.

· Due to the nature of the role, you will need to be available to provide support during evenings and weekends.

How do I apply?

You must apply for the MSc Applied Sport Performance Analysis course via the online portal if you have not already done so.

To apply for a placement at Derby County FC please follow the application form:

The application process will close at 5pm Friday 5th April. Interviews will be held week commencing Monday 15th April and the successful applicants will start in July however this may be flexible.

*The advertised placement is to be combined with studying at Loughborough University on the MSc Applied Sport Performance Analysis course. The successful candidate must be eligible to undertake the course with Loughborough University. More details regarding the course can be found here:

For informal enquiries regarding the MSc Applied Sport Performance Analysis course please contact the Programme Leader via email: [email protected].

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