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Cardiff School of Sport helps lead the way in video analysis



​Performance Analysis students using AP Capture pitch-side on the Cyncoed Campus. ​​

Staff and students at Cardiff School of Sport have helped pilot the video analysis software being used in Wales' Euro 2016 qualification efforts and by Liverpool Football Club.

AP Capture, which has been created by Llanelli-based AnalysisPro Ltd, allows analysts to film fast-paced sporting events during matches and training.

Cardiff Met’s Centre for Performance Analysis (CPA) worked with AnalysisPro for their first installation, setting up eight fixed cameras on its Cyncoed Campus. CPA also has two mobile units, with more additions planned.

Performance analysis students have used the cameras to film football, hockey, rugby and lacrosse to assist the coaches and athletes with their analysis, along with providing feedback and recommendations to the makers of the software.

Speaking about the software, Director of the CPA, Darrell Cobner said:

“Video analysis is typically expensive, however this set-up is highly cost-effective and accessible to all users of performance analysis.

“Our current students have benefitted massively from the control and capture capability of the AP Capture solution, which allows them to film from an elevated position and from both pitch-side and indoor.

“We have a growing community of practice here at Cardiff Met. Graduates remain in contact and regularly return to campus to discuss their industry progress, update their practice, present to current students, and see the new tools and processes we have explored.

The benefit of this incubation process is evidenced when graduates replicate the AP Capture set-up in their own environments - at Liverpool Football Club and Millfield School, for example.

“It is especially good to see that our graduate, Josh Bryan is support manager at AnalysisPro – using his skills and abilities to develop a quality product for the industry.

“I am enormously excited about future developments planned for Cyncoed Campus, and particularly how future AP Capture version releases will impact performance analysis practice.”

AnalysisPro founder, Jonathan Moore added:

“A key factor to developing fit-for-purpose, innovative products is the relationships developers create with frontline end-users. At AnalysisPro, we listen carefully to the demands from the practitioners, which supports our understanding of the expectations required to push the boundaries of the industry.

"We are fortunate to have a long-standing relationship with Cardiff Met, where access to true world-level opinion and expertise helps inform our complete portfolio of products that embody the ‘Analysis For All’ approach.”

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