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Thursday 11 July 2013

Student spotlight: Sam Chapman

BSc (Hons) Applied Sport Science student Sam Chapman was given the opportunity to gain some work experience at AFC Bournemouth managing their GPS software. he tells us about his experience working for a championship team.

As a proposed six-week placement, I was given the responsibility of managing the GPS software at AFC Bournemouth, who were newly promoted to the English Championship.

They had chosen to trial the GPS software, with hopes of providing invaluable data regarding numerous fitness variables from pre-season games and training sessions.

By previously being exposed to GPS equipment at university, I was confident that I could provide enough experience and knowledge to aid the sports science department at AFC Bournemouth.

On a full-time basis, I was required to arrive before training to charge and arrange all GPS and heart rate monitors, before supplying to the players who were taking part in that session.

Sam Chapman during his work experience

I then provided help within training sessions, before downloading the data from the units and creating numerous graphs, comparing data amongst players, time-periods, and between entire sessions.

This was then shown directly to the first team manager by the head of the sports science department, providing specific information at the manager’s requests.

After just one week of voluntary work, I was fortunate enough to be invited to travel with the first team squad to Zürich, Switzerland; as part of the squad’s pre-season tour abroad. For one week, I was asked to complete my normal duties, along with preparing pre- and post-training drinks and supplementation.

On the final day of the tour, we welcomed two-time UEFA Champions league semi-finalists and twelve-time Swiss super league champions FC. Zürich to the training ground. Unfortunately the game was lost 2-0; however, the whole experience was a great experience both for the squad as well as myself.

So far I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at AFC Bournemouth, and feel that the work I complete on a day-to-day basis is truly valued.

In addition to this I am gaining vast amounts of experience which I hope I can apply to my studies, and allow me to improve at University. On completion of my placement, I hope to continue working at the club during the rest of the season, providing support for a successive push for promotion.