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Tuesday 6 May 2014

Southampton Solent 'Captured' by Sir Clive Woodward

FA Coach Educators Clywd Jones and Tracey Bourne with Sir Clive Woodward at training conference

Southampton 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 coaching software tool called ‘Captured’, led by Sir Clive at the Football Association’s (FA) St George’s Park.

This 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.

It enables coaches and athletes to build, capture and share ‘books’ of knowledge in order to build up a personalised set of ‘winning moves’ and ‘winning practices’.

“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,” says Tracey Bourne.

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 root’ coaches also taking part in the pilot, they will feedback on its performance in September.

“The ‘Captured’ tool could be an exciting development for students undertaking coaching units at Solent.” said Tracey.

“It could help develop a wide range of professional skills that will enhance their employability once they leave University,” she continued.

If the pilot scheme is successful, the University will look to incorporate the software into its BA (Hons) Football Studies degree courses.

Southampton Solent University is one of the largest university coaching educators in England. If you are interested in coaching as a career, it’s not too late to apply for one of our specialist sports degrees.