Paul Goulding

National Performance Analyst for the USA Eagles Senior Rugby Union Team

Paul studied a Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport (Fitness) at Hartpury and is now a National Performance Analyst for the USA Eagles Senior Rugby Union Team.

Paul's Hartpury Experience

"It’s been fantastic to have the chance to come back to Hartpury with the USA team using the college as one of their official ‘Team Bases’ for the Rugby World Cup. I played in the college’s Under-18s first team for two years and I loved it. Rugby was my passion and I didn’t really know what I wanted to do as a job back then but Hartpury was a great stepping stone for me. It gave me a real insight into how the sports industry and a professional sports club environment works.  What I learned there undoubtedly set me on the path to the career I’m following now. Coming here as a student with a love of sport, you couldn’t ask for better coaching or facilities."

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"My role is to document every game and every training session. I’m basically the link between the coaches and the players, reviewing and previewing our games and training sessions using the stats I collate and my video analysis, which is then fed back to the coaching staff, the team and individual players. The coaches will identify certain KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) so I’ll focus on those, and anything else they have asked me to look at with regards to individual players or patterns. I work with the team to analyse their most recent performances and their last games against their upcoming opponents so we can develop the most effective game plan, target the opposition’s weaknesses and play to our own strengths. My experience at Hartpury massively set me up for this career path and I am very grateful."