Coventry Rugby Performance Analysis with Nacsport
After last week’s blog from Ste Mills about how Castleford Tigers use Performance Analysis, I am delighted to hand over the writing of this blog to Coventry Rugby! Coventry started using Nacsport, KlipDraw and AP Wireless this season and have kindly shared their reasons for choosing our solutions and the impact they are having with the team so far. Many thanks to Rowland Winter, Matt Harland and all at Coventry Rugby for trusting in our solutions and sharing these insights!
Rowland Winter – Coventry Director of Rugby
With our return to the Championship settled at the end of the 17-18 season, as a coaching staff we knew it was vital to develop and continue to move forward from last year. One of the areas we felt was important to enhance was the performance analysis department, which is when we decided to bring Matt Harland in to set up and develop our analysis department. Last year we had a basic approach to our analysis process using iMovie to cut up clips and our meetings were lasting longer than we would have liked.
In our initial meeting, Matt introduced me to Nacsport, discussing the benefits of the software compared to other software available, one of which was the cost benefit to us and functionality of the software. When Matt first introduced me, Nick Walshe (Head Coach) and Louis Deacon (Forwards Coach) to the software, we were very impressed with the possibilities available to us in our review and preview process compared to last year.
Both coaches and players have found the software very easy to use, especially the presentation feature which allows them to easily put together review and preview meetings. The use of Nacsport Coach Station in our matchday setup has changed the way we review and allowed us to provide live feedback to players during the game and training in a way we have not been able to in previous years. The tools we have been supplied by AnalysisPro have enabled and encouraged us to adapt our approach to training, allowing the players to live review during sessions. Our Nacsport Elite licence, Coach Station and AP Wireless unit play a massive role in this change to training, now allowing us to put together coaches clips available for lads to review both during and immediately after training. We are looking forward to working with AnalysisPro throughout the rest of this season and we are excited to see the continued developments in our analysis process.
Matt Harland – Head of Performance Analysis
I first met with Rowland at the end of the 17-18 season to discuss the role at the club and what they wanted to put in place for the start of next season. Last season the games were filmed on a Saturday, put onto an online platform and then reviewed on a Tuesday night by using iMovie, meaning the review sessions were much longer than the coaches and players wanted. Having reviewed the current setup, it was an opportunity to start from the beginning and build up. I put together a proposal for the club with several Nacsport, AnalysisPro and KlipDraw solutions at the forefront of it.
Having used Nacsport and worked with AnalysisPro in my previous roles at both Birmingham Moseley and Rotherham Titans, I knew what Nacsport could offer the coaches. Alongside the cost benefits, it was a no-brainer for me to continue that relationship.
One of the main objectives of the coaching staff was for the players to play a key role in the performance analysis process, reviewing team and individual performances and previewing opposition. For the players to do this it was important they had an area with laptops to do their own reviews. For this, we have 2 Nacsport Viewer licences on laptops in the analysis office. These laptops are kept up to date with our games and oppositions games for the lads to put together presentations using Nacsport’s user-friendly presentation tool. This allows the players to lead their own analysis sessions and provide feedback to the coaching staff.
Along with the Nacsport Viewer licences, the club has a Nacsport Elite licence, and a Nacsport Scout Plus licence. The Elite licence is our main machine which I use to capture and analyse live during games and training. This licence allows us to provide both the live video and data to the coach’s Scout Plus machine during the match via the Coach Station plugin, so the coaches can freely review any part of the match they want. We are also able to stream information to the dugout with the AP Wireless unit for the players to see during the game, allowing them to also review live. As mentioned by Rowland, we have recently started to change how we review training and the Nacsport Elite really allows us to do much more than before.
When introducing new systems to a new team there is the odd glitch that needs to be ironed out, one of which was the AP Wireless and Coach Station setup. The support from Josh Bryan, Jon Moore and Dan Moore has been excellent. AnalysisPro are always there to answer any questions we have, either over the phone or email and no question has ever been too difficult to answer.