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Understanding Video Formats

18 Sep , 2014  


Is there anything as frustrating as trying to open a video only for it not to work? You open your analysis software of choice but the video format just isn’t supported. Below is an explanation of something that drives people mad and frankly is something that is hard to get your head around. 2 Parts More…

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What’s a Performance Analysis Internship Worth

16 Sep , 2014  


Don’t worry this is not another article about why unpaid performance analysis internships are wrong. You can read plenty about that here and here.  Instead I wanted to show how much an internship is really worth – to an employer. Some quick assumptions; Most of the internships or ‘work expereince’ roles advertised require  full-time hours, More…

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The CV is dead… Are You Ready

10 Sep , 2014  


I saw this blog post recently on Seth Godin’s blog ‘Are You willing to build a trail‘. You really should sign up to Seth’s blog – it’s a great read and in this ADD world it doesn’t take long to read, at times the entire blog post isn’t much longer than a tweet. Seth posted More…

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Luck, Skill and Sport – A Tricky Relationship

8 Sep , 2014  


Luck has a very tricky relationship with sport. I remember once sitting down with a coach and mentioning the word ‘luck’, it was in relation to one of his players having won a game with a last minute shot from a tricky angle. It was a fantastic shot and lead to an exhilarating win, but More…

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SQL for Performance Analysis – What’s it all about?

8 Jul , 2014  


SQL isn’t new but it it is finding it’s way into more and more job applications. If you want to separate yourself from the 1,000’s of other applying for positions having programming and SQL skills can be a big help. In fact Ben Alamar (who knows a lot about sports analytics), said in a recent More…

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10 Lessons from Performance Analyst – Bill Gerard

17 Jun , 2014  

Saracens v Cardiff Blues, Hendon 27/01/2013

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a Performance Analysis Interest Group meeting here in Ireland. It was really the first time ‘most’ of the analysts in Ireland got in the same room. Considering the size of the country and the number of analysts it’s surprising it has taken this long. More…

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The Video Analyst Webinar 3 – Jamie Hamilton

10 Jun , 2014  

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Jamie Hamilton – Performance Analyst Canterbury Crusaders Super 15 rugby will join me for the 3rd Webinar in our Series. You can check out Webinar 1 with Brian Prestidge from Bolton Wanderers here  And the second Webinar with Ravi from Seattle Sounders.  Jamie was a professional rugby player with the Leicester Tigers before becoming their Performance More…

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Prozone at Science and Football Conference

28 May , 2014  


Just wanted to bring to your attention some really interesting talks that have been uploaded to the Prozone Sports website recently. At last month’s Science + Football Conference Prozone hosted a series of presentations and discussions as part of the Prozone Performance.Lab. Showcasing cutting-edge analytical theory and research in football, the talks provided an insight into some of the More…

General Advice, Performance Analysis

Performance Analyst Jobs Survey

8 May , 2014  


Getting a Performance Analyst Job There is so much talk about jobs in the performance analysis industry that I thought it would be worth getting the views of those that do the hiring. Below are the results of a survey I conducted asking for the views of those responsible for hiring the next wave of More…

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Diary of a Performance Analyst – International Rules

6 May , 2014  


The following article is based on my time working with the Irish International Rules Team. Hopefully it gives you a run-down of the work I did with the team and my reflections on the whole experience. Forming The Backroom Team The manager Paul Earley was selected early in 2013 for the 2 test games played More…

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