Performance Analysis education is still very thin on the ground but there are a couple of courses/events that I wanted to bring to your attention. These are certainly worth checking out if you have the time. Last year I mentioned the Prozone courses – they are still going on this year and see one or two are already sold out. These ‘industry’ courses offer you a great chance to expand on your CV and learn skills that you wouldn’t normally pick up in the academic world.
Dartfish will be running six public courses for the first half of 2012 in London, Bristol and Loughborough. At each venue there are two back to back courses; day 1 teaching the technical analysis tools and day 2 covering their “Tagging” notational analysis tools.
Dartfish have asked me to make it clear that the aim of these courses is to show you how to use their software to best affect and they won’t teach you what to analyze or how to be an analyst – you supply your own expertise!
However, if you don’t yet have Dartfish software or simply want to get some experience using it you will be given a sixty day trial of the full TeamPro edition which will allow you time to attend the course, practice the new skills and, along the way, pick up a certificate to add to the CPD folder. They are also knocking the cost of the training off any software bought after making a booking or within 30 days of the course.
The cost is £150 with discounts for those attending both days and students/unwaged (£120). Course schedule and more info here
My favourite bit of this course is that as well as getting to learn a performance analysis tool you also get to take the software home for 60 days! Get’s you a chance to practice and even try it out for real with your club.
The League Managers Association have launched the second in a series of online courses. Course 2 deals with Evaluating Performance.
The LMA School of Football Management in conjunction with Prozone has launched an e-learning course to assist coaches in understanding the techniques used to evaluate player and team performance. The course is intended for coaches who work (or aspire to work) with professional, semi-professional, elite youth or college players.
The advantage of this course is that it is all delivered online so it doesn’t matter where you live you can enroll. I enrolled last week in the name of R&D. I took a quick look around – my initial observations are that the course is an introduction to the area of performance analysis and probably not aimed at existing analysts. Check out the course content here.
If you here of any more courses like these drop me a line and let me know.