Team Performance Exchange is now up and running in the UK. In essence TPE is an internet module for sportscode products that users can exchange information such as video instances and documents with players and other staff members. The website also allows you to communicate with the team by sending messages to individual players, whole team announcements or posting events on players calenders. The module also gives the coach the ability to monitor each players use of the website with a sign in log and the influence it can have on the learning process with the questionnaire function. Each player/staff member has an account/profile that is linked into the team so everyone has access to the online material and of training and matches.
Overall it seems like a very powerful tool for the coach to impact upon the players performance and the learning process. The module is already a big hit in Holland with clubs such as Ajax and Feyenoord using it as well as the Dutch and Trinidad and Tobago national football teams. However is not strictly limited to football with GB Hockey, and Ireland Hockey among many other high profile sporting clients as well as Universities and youth development programmes.
Prozone have launched there next wave of training courses extending the level 1 qualification up to level 2 and 3. Held at Liverpool John Moores University in the state of the art Tom Reilly Building with a cost of £195 the course runs over weekends with dates included in November 2011, February, March and May next year. Each level focuses on different parts of the prozone software, Matchviewer (Level 1), Prozone 3 & Trend (Level 2) and Recruiter (level 3). The courses are open to anyone interested in a career in sports science, football coaching or performance analysis. For more information visit the prozone website.
In conference news the World Congress of Performance Analysis of Sport IX has been announced and is being held in the UK. The Conference will take place at the University of Worcester between the 25th and 28th of July 2012. The congress will include world leading keynote speakers from the performance analysis industry with additional oral and poster presentations throughout programme. The congress will have 3 themes of special interest next year, Disability sport, Basketball and Performance analysis:Evidence of Impact.
With the congress taking place so close to the olympics it is sure to be the biggest one yet and will contain industry relevant commercial partners, exhibitors and contributors. Passes for WCPAS 9 start at £100 for a day student delegate up to £380 for a Non-ISPAS Member delegate. Abstracts are welcome for submission up until the 29th of February 2012 if relevant to the congress themes or are in any aspect of sports and exercise performance
Back by popular demand will be the Science in Football Conference 2012. Sold out in 2011 it will again be held at the University of East London Docklands Campus, it promises to be one of the biggest football related performance events of the year. The Conference takes place on Sunday the 18th of March 2012 and is aimed at professional practitioners, students and football coaches looking to develop their knowledge.
The areas covered in the conference will cover large aspects of the sporting world including performance analysis, sports science and sports medicine. Presenters last year included Scott McLachlan (Fulham FC), Paul Ford (BOA), Darren Burgess (Liverpool FC) with the Keynote speech coming from former England Manager Steve McClaren.
Think Fitness will be holding a performance workshop on the 30th of November 2011 at the Champneys Tring Health Resort, Hertfordshire. The workshops come after successful end of season conferences held by Think Fitness and will be run by Dr Paul Balsom (Think Fitness) and Laurence Stewart (Hull City FC) who will both be sharing their knowledge and insights on how analysis underpins the coaching process. The Tickets are still available and priced at £50 for League Medical association Members and £70 for non members. Themes for the workshop are the coaching process, recruitment and mathematical modelling to measure and predict performance. Additional presentations come from James Smith (Everton FC) and Dr Ian Graham (Decision Technology).