New masters degree will put students at top of their game


Hartpury University has launched a ground-breaking masters degree that prepares students for careers as sports analysts equipped to meet modern industry demands in high-level performance sports settings.

The MSc Applied Performance Analysis in Sport programme at Hartpury has been developed in consultation with leading professionals from England Rugby, professional sports clubs and Hartpury’s own performance sports teams in rugby, football, rowing, golf, netball, modern pentathlon and equestrian disciplines.

Standing apart from other courses, it focuses on learning the application of theory to practice in real-world environments across a range of sports, including equestrian disciplines. 

The course includes a guaranteed work placement within one of Hartpury’s highly successful sports academies, as well as access to world-class sports facilities, including a dedicated performance analysis suite equipped with the latest technologies and teaching from experts in their field.

Students will further enhance their real-world experience by undertaking a work placement with new or their current employers, as well as a carrying out industry-aligned research to help advance practice in the modern world of sports analysis.

Interim Programme Manager, Dr Martin Longworth, is an UEFA ‘A’ Licence coach who has worked in semi-professional football in a variety of roles at various clubs and a UEFA ‘B’ Licence tutor with the Football Association of Wales (FAW).

Alongside his role as Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching and Physical Education at Hartpury University, he is a Senior Men’s Football First Team Coach (BUCS Premier South champions 2019-20).

“The role of a successful sports performance analyst has changed in recent years, as a new era of technologies and data enable the fine-tuning of athletic performance like never before,” he said.

“Successful analysts are still required to produce and evaluate complex datasets, but they now require a lot more expertise in hardware and software that advances in technology have brought to the industry, allowing for more sophisticated data collection, performance data insights, and an evolving demand for data presentation as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

“Our new MSc Applied Performance Analysis in Sport degree provides an ideal opportunity for our graduates to reach the top of their game as an analyst in their own particular sporting discipline.”

Hartpury’s state-of-the-art sports facilities include a 3G artificial grass football pitch with integrated video analysis equipment, a £8.8 million Sports Academy featuring specialist technology used by Premier League football clubs, and the Margaret Giffen Centre for Rider Performance within the world-leading Equine Centre.

Hartpury has specialist sports academies in men’s rugby, women’s rugby, men’s football, women’s football, rowing, golf, modern pentathlon, netball, equine and athlete performance.

As well as running Hartpury University RFC – the only student-led team in rugby’s Greene King Championship – Hartpury is the training centre for Gloucester Rugby and has strong relationships with England Rugby, Cheltenham Town Football Club, Bristol Rovers Football Club, GB Rowing, Exeter City Football Club, Pentathlon GB and Olympic champion equestrian coaches and athletes.

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