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11 months ago By Mark Worthington

The new head of performance analysis talks about his role at Hyde United FC

"Providing information to help improve the players and coaching sessions, will ultimately improve performance levels and results"

In June 2016 the board at Hyde United FC appointed Pro License Coach Darren Kelly as first team manager and he has overseen a transformation in the way the club prepares and develops its players at all levels, supported by his assistant David McGurk (A License) and coach Gareth Prendergast (A License).

In October 2016, David McGurk brought in the hudl game analysis system to allow review of game footage, providing feedback for players and coaches. For this season information flow has increased with investment by the club allowing the addition of the PlayerTek GPS vest which required the appointment of a full time Sports Analyst.

CEO Mark Worthington was able to catch up with Shailesh Pindoria after the game yesterday to see what we can expect from his new role at the club.

How have you enjoyed your first month at the club?

Firstly I would like to thank Hyde football club for giving me this great opportunity to work with the club doing performance analysis. The coaching staff and players are all friendly and I feel like I have fitted in straight away. The players have embraced the new technology and understand that the information will improve them and their chances to achieve.

What is your background?

I am a Degree Sports Science student at the University of Salford going into my final year. The main module I will be studying is Performance Analysis. I would like to continue developing and moving forward doing performance analysis in the future and I hope to do this at this great club for many years to come.

What is your main role at the club?

I am currently working with the first team doing performance analysis using GPS pods. The GPS tracks the players every movement on the pitch. The data is presented in a heat map on PlayerTek showing where the players have travelled and where on the pitch they spent the most time. Also the GPS calculates the players distance covered, speed, energy and many more key performance indicators.

How does the data help coaching staff & sessions?

Performance analysis can help players improve the tactical and technical aspects of their game. It can help the coaches assess the players strengths and weaknesses and identify aspects to improve on. Performance Analysis can help enhance the coaching process by providing statistical and video information.

How will it improve the player?

Having a analysis department can benefit the club by improving players performance and helping the club moving forward. research shows that on average, athletes and coaches can only recall 30% of performance correctly. Performance analysis helps with the remaining 70% by providing the facts of what happened which makes it a vital component for athlete improvement.

David McGurk has been instrumental in driving this process forward and commented yesterday "Shailesh has come in and hit the ground running. I was only interested in the new technology if we were able to use it fully, and do something with the data it provided. With the first team staff now all working full time in the club we have the time to plan and prepare properly, but needed someone who could take the raw data and convert it into a format we could use. Shailesh has fitted straight in, is trust worthy, well qualified and willing to work hard to deliver the information to make sure we get the maximum benefit. We can already see the difference this is making to us as coaches, and to the players on and off the field".

Updated 12:17 - 16 Jul 2017 by Mark Worthington

Where next?

Sat 14 Jul
First Team Silsden
Pre-season 15:00
Tue 17 Jul
First Team Abbey Hey
Pre-season 19:30
Sat 21 Jul
First Team Clitheroe
Pre-season 15:00

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