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Saturday 31 May 2014

Solent trials new coaching software

Student supporting Winter Olympic bid

Final year football studies and business student Lukasz Stupka has returned to his native Poland where he has secured the prestigious role of project coordinator for Krakow's 2022 Winter Olympics bid. Using the broad base of knowledge gained during his studies, Lukasz supports a range of staff and advises on the project. Discussing how the course prepared him for a role beyond football, Lukasz said: "My studies at Southampton Solent University prepared me for the challenge of working under pressure. The knowledge I gained throughout the different units was crucial in obtaining the job as a project coordinator with the company responsible for Krakow's 2022 Winter Olympic bid. The variety of challenges I had because of the degree were perfect preparation for the working environment."

Centre director welcomes FA Commission's report

The publication this week of the FA Commission's report aimed at improving the men's senior England team was welcomed by LMCFR director, Dr Richard Elliott, who was interviewed by the commission as part of the evidence gathering process, and whose research appears in the report. Richard believes that it may open up a formal dialogue in football that is crucial to the development of the national game at grassroots and elite levels, and the national team. He says: "The FA Commission's report is an important and timely reminder of some of the problems that we face as a football nation. The Commission has drawn evidence from a broad and varied base of expertise and I sincerely hope that the report will now act as a catalyst to further discussions and actions that can have a real impact in the game at a number of levels."

Solent selected to trial new coaching software

Solent University has been selected to trial the new interactive coaching and data collection tool created by renowned rugby coach Sir Clive Woodward. Solent lecturers and FA Coach Educators ,Tracey Bourne and Clywd Jones, were invited to attend a training conference for the new tool called 'Captured', led by Sir Clive at the Football Association's St George's Park.

The innovative data capture tool is based on the philosophy Sir Clive employed during his time as head coach for the World Cup-winning English rugby team of 2003. The tool enables coaches and athletes to build, capture and share 'books' of knowledge to build up a personalised set of 'winning moves' and 'winning practices'. Tracey Bourne says: "Although originally designed for coaching in club environments, Sir Clive agreed with us that the software could have far-reaching benefits within the University setting."

Following the conference, Tracey and Clywd have been working with the software to develop trial versions to use within a university environment. Alongside a select group of FA Coach Educators and grass roots coaches also taking part in the pilot, they will feed back on its performance in September. Tracey says: "The 'Captured' tool could be an exciting development for students undertaking coaching units at Solent. It could help develop a wide range of professional skills that will enhance their employability once they leave university." If the pilot scheme is successful, the University will look to incorporate the software into the BA (Hons) Football Studies courses.