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New sports masters degree will put students at top of their game

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 21 April 2020 15:18

New sports masters degree will put students at top of their game

A Gloucestershire university has launched a masters degree to prepare students for careers as sports analysts in high-level performance sports settings. 

The MSc Applied Performance Analysis in Sport programme at Hartpury University has been developed in consultation with professionals from England Rugby, professional sports clubs and its own performance sports teams in rugby, football, rowing, golf, netball, modern pentathlon and equestrian disciplines. 

It focuses students on learning the application of theory to practice in real-world environments across a range of sports, including equestrian disciplines.  

The course includes a guaranteed work placement within one of Hartpury’s highly successful sports academies, as well as access to world-class sports facilities, including a dedicated performance analysis suite equipped with the latest technologies and teaching from experts in their field. 

Students will also undertake a work placement with their current employers or a business new to them, as well as a carrying out industry-aligned research to help advance practice in the modern world of sports analysis. 

Dr Martin Longworth, interim programme manager, is an UEFA ‘A’ Licence coach who has worked in semi-professional football in a variety of roles at various clubs and a UEFA ‘B’ Licence tutor with the Football Association of Wales (FAW). 

Alongside his role as senior lecturer in sports coaching and physical education at Hartpury University, he is a senior men’s football first team coach (BUCS Premier South champions 2019-20). 

“The role of a successful sports performance analyst has changed in recent years, as a new era of technologies and data enable the fine-tuning of athletic performance like never before,” said Dr Longworth. 

“Successful analysts are still required to produce and evaluate complex datasets, but they now require a lot more expertise in hardware and software that advances in technology have brought to the industry, allowing for more sophisticated data collection, performance data insights, and an evolving demand for data presentation as part of a multi-disciplinary team. 

“Our new MSc Applied Performance Analysis in Sport degree provides an ideal opportunity for our graduates to reach the top of their game as an analyst in their own particular sporting discipline.” 

Hartpury’s state-of-the-art sports facilities include a 3G artificial grass football pitch with integrated video analysis equipment, a £8.8 million sports academy featuring specialist technology used by Premier League football clubs, and the Margaret Giffen Centre for Rider Performance within the world-leading Equine Centre. 

Hartpury has specialist sports academies in men’s rugby, women’s rugby, men’s football, women’s football, rowing, golf, modern pentathlon, netball, equine and athlete performance.