International-level sports analyst delivers new masters programme

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An international-level sports academy analyst is the latest exciting lecturer appointment to Hartpury University’s unique new masters degree - MSc Applied Performance Analysis in Sport. 

Luke Brick, who has enjoyed previous roles with World Rugby and Premier League football club Southampton, has been appointed as Lecturer in Sports Performance Analysis on the new MSc Applied Performance Analysis in Sport programme. 

Hartpury University – among the UK’s premier sport and education settings – has developed the programme 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.  

The course stands apart from other courses, focusing on the application of theory to practice in real-world settings across a range of sports and levels. 

Luke brings genuine hands-on industry experience to the programme, having worked as an academy analyst at Southampton.

For more than five years, he also has been working for governing body World Rugby as a game analyst collecting data to support match officials, player welfare, citing commissions, teams and medics involved in the global game.

He was Head of Football Analysis within the highly successful men’s and women’s Football Academies at Hartpury, which has recently announced the launch of its first-ever non-League football club, Hartpury University FC, and first-team analyst at Hereford FC and Gloucester City FC. 

In his role as lecturer, Luke will be responsible for teaching the fundamentals of performance analysis and managing postgraduate industry placements, to prepare students for a rewarding career in elite sport.  

“I’m extremely excited to be part of the new MSc Applied Performance Analysis in Sport programme at Hartpury,” said Luke, a masters graduate in sports performance analysis. 

“It provides students with an excellent opportunity to transfer and apply their theoretical knowledge into real-world performance analysis environments.  

“The extensive range of state-of-the-art facilities at Hartpury will allow students to get hands-on experience with industry-leading technology across a variety of sports.” 

The MSc Applied Performance Analysis in Sport programme includes a guaranteed work placement within one of Hartpury’s acclaimed sports academies. 

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. 

Programme manager Dr Laurence Protheroe said: “As an experienced practitioner, Luke’s appointment is a fantastic addition and hugely beneficial to the programme.  

“He will be responsible for supporting the students with the core subject content and he will be able to support the students in applying that knowledge. 

“In addition, Luke’s experiences within professional football and rugby union provides us and our students with additional contacts to add to our existing links within professional sport.” 

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. 

As well as running Championship club Hartpury University RFC, Premier 15s club Gloucester-Hartpury Women's RFC and Hartpury University FC, 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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