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Soccer stars on campus

Friday, 01 June 2012


  • Kathryn Gill and Warren Andrews (centre back) with ECU's Bachelor of Sports Science Football students

    Kathryn Gill and Warren Andrews (centre back) with ECU's Bachelor of Sports Science Football students

ECU students got insight into international football from some of the best in the business.

Bachelor of Sport Science and Football students were treated to a special guest presentation from Matildas striker Kathryn Gill and Perth Glory strength and conditioning coach Warren Andrews.

An international soccer star, Kathryn Gil knows all too well the importance of player monitoring and performance analysis in international sport.

Playing for football teams across the world, she has also competed in both the FIFA Women's World Cup and the European Champions league. She shared her experiences of how a player's performance is analysed at an international level.

Perth Glory strength and conditioning coach Warren Andrews is currently completing his PhD in Sports Science and Football at ECU.

He spoke about the importance of sports science in football and it is application to his work with the Perth Glory FC talking about his research with Football players and methods of scanning them for Injury prevention.

His presentation gave students a chance to see the role that effective analysis plays in football at an elite level.

Students also got the chance to hear about the practical placement opportunities available with the Perth Glory in the areas of performance analysis.

Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator Dr Fadi Ma’ayah thanked Kathryn and Warren for taking the time to speak to his students.

"It was important for students to see how the theory they are studying is put into practice from both a player and strength and conditioning coach’s point of view," Dr Ma'ayah said.

"By getting a chance to hear from leaders in the field, students got a real insight into the world of professional football, which will be invaluable as they look to further progress their careers."

For more information on the Bachelor of Sport Science and Football course visit www.reachyourpotential.com.au.

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