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Soccer elite head to ECU

Friday, 18 November 2011


  • Ian Gillan and Warren Andrews from Perth Glory Men (standing) with Andrew Bettell, Dr Fadi Maayah and Jamie Harnwell

    Ian Gillan and Warren Andrews from Perth Glory Men (standing) with Andrew Bettell, Dr Fadi Maayah and Jamie Harnwell

Soccer coaches of today and tomorrow took part in a sports science workshop at ECU’s Joondalup Campus recently.

Organised by Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator, Dr Fadi Ma’ayah the workshop welcomed high profile coaches and managers from Football West, Perth Glory Women, and Perth Glory Men.

The coaches utilised the same software that students in the new Bachelor of Science (Sports Science & Football) course will use, beginning in 2012.

The workshop introduced coaches and students to performance software, Sportcode, which allows coaches to design and run their own analysis of their team performance as well as their opponents. It also gave students a taste of football coaching analysis out in the field.

Jamie Harmwell from Football West, and the Perth Glory Women’s coach, found the workshop useful for both students and professionals alike.

“I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Sportscode software. In a small amount of time I was able to learn how to design and run my own analysis of W-League games,” Mr Harmwell said. 

“This training workshop was a great opportunity for ECU students and I look forward to working with them in the future to improve the professionalism of football in this state.”

Football West Game Development Manager Andrew Bettell says the training course was another example of how ECU is working with industry to provide first-class training for students.

“We have always had close links with ECU and the advent of the new football course will open up even more avenues of close cooperation. We look forward to working with ECU to provide development opportunities for students, as well as our staff, in the future,” Mr Bettell said.

Dr Ma’ayah agreed.

“The workshop was a wonderful opportunity to further develop our strong industry links through utilising the latest technology in performance analysis. This is just one example of how we will work with industry now, and in the future to help train our students.” 

For more information about the new soccer degree at ECU visit the Future Students webpage 

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