Jonathan Robinson

Qualification & subject:
Honours and Integrated Masters Degrees BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching
Profession:
Performance Analyst | Liverpool Football Club

What I do

As a performance analyst at Liverpool Football Club, I am responsible for monitoring and recording the performances of the Academy players in fixtures and training sessions. Using all of this information, I then liaise with the other coaches at the club to offer objective, informed advice on how we can ensure optimal development for each individual and how we can provide players with the best opportunity of progressing at the club.

Why I chose Hartpury

I’ve always wanted to be involved in football and that was the driving force behind my decision to come to Hartpury. The sports facilities are second to none and the quality of teaching is also extremely high. My Sports Coaching degree course gave me a real depth of knowledge, from statistical analysis to the different principles of coaching and how to adapt your techniques to get the best out of your group. It’s not just about the degree at Hartpury though; it’s so much more than what you learn in the classroom. There were so many opportunities to apply what I was learning in real life situations and the football programme allowed me to practice my coaching techniques and methods, which is something I will always be grateful for. It’s a case of showing you are willing to work hard academically and use your free time to get involved and put into practice what you have learned.

How Hartpury helped

Everything that I studied and the experience I gained at Hartpury has helped to get me where I am now. It was a massive part of my development, and without it, I wouldn’t have secured this fantastic opportunity. I was able to secure a position at Bristol Rovers as a performance analyst while I was still studying at Hartpury and acting as assistant coach of the junior elite football programme. This gave me the relevant experience I needed to stand out from the rest when I graduated. For me to be able to say that I’ve been able to coach international players and players that have been sold for millions of pounds is only a benefit to me.

Hartpury helped me mould a career and I have a clear pathway. It’s not just the degree, but the knowledge and experience and people skills that allow you to go on to do things in the workplace straight away.

Advice for future students

Hartpury helped provide me with a clear idea of what I wanted to do and the support I received throughout my time here was fantastic. Take advantage of the opportunities you get to work in an environment like this and get involved whenever possible. It will all be worth it once you finish your degree studies here!