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Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) Renew MyTPE and AP Viewer for Analysis

To finish off a busy week of blogs; featuring the Scottish Rugby Union and Football Association of Wales choosing MyTPE and MyTPA, Liverpool FC expanding their use of AP Capture, Leicester City FC and the Swedish FA renewing their AP Viewer and Stoke City FC starting with AP Viewer, I’m very pleased to let you know that the Welsh Rugby Union WRU have once again renewed their MyTPE and AP Viewer contracts for their performance analysis processes.

The WRU started using MyTPE back in 2012, so we’re really pleased that they have renewed this solution to run for another year again. They use a MyTPE platform solution, which enables “Digital Managers” of the WRU to log in to the Platform site and monitor all the analysis, coaching and feedback activity that is happening in the individual sites that sit underneath this. In our previous blog posts, you will have also seen that the senior teams of Cardiff Blues (blog) and Newport Gwent Dragons (blog) use the MyTPE solution too. We’re really pleased with how MyTPE is expanding and continuing to be used within the WRU.

So, with the WRU MyTPE platform solution, there are 12 teams with individual sites including the Women’s team, Sevens team, Regional Academies, U18s, U20s and then two teams which are not directly linked to playing performance. These two are used for helping to deliver and monitor coaches on the Level 4 coaching course, along with the Referee Communication Forum site which has 500 referees all viewing videos of referee decisions to comment around them, confirm understanding and debate about decisions. The Coach Education and Referee Communication Forum sites are great examples of how MyTPE is not just about supporting and enhancing playing performance through analysis, as it can be used to help support the wider facets of a sport thanks to the file sharing, communication and data gathering tools which are available.

Teams within the Welsh Rugby Union MyTPE Platform

Marc Kinnaird has been involved with helping to run and facilitate the use of the MyTPE throughout these different teams and kindly provided some words about how the sites are used and how they benefit from them:

MyTPE gives all our different WRU departments a central point for their coaches, players and members of staff to connect and interact with each other on a user-friendly platform. Our age group teams have very “closed” sites for the coaches and players to interact and share analysis information within, but we also have a site for our referees in Wales, which is much more of an “open” national site. The site has 500 users in it, and gives us a central location for easily sharing the latest best practices and information to our referees.

The biggest benefit for our players is that they have an easy review process to use for bettering themselves. Josh Bryan from AnalysisPro is always at the end of the phone if we ever need any support or guidance on how best to use the different tools available within a MyTPE site.

The WRU first used our AP Viewer iPad review app during the 2013 Six Nations Tournament (which they won), through previous Head of Analysis Rhys Long, who then chose to use AP Viewer with the coaches and players of the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour. The WRU have once again renewed their AP Viewer contract for another year, enabling them to easily share footage and analysis with their players and coaches on 90 iPads.

So, we would like to say a big thanks to the WRU for continuing to use both AP Viewer and MyTPE to assist and support multiple teams within the WRU with their analysis and feedback processes, from the 1st XV down to the Academies, Referees and Coach Educators.

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