University Centre Somerset students use technology to help Somerset County Cricket Club

Students from University Centre Somerset’s Sports Science with Sports Coaching Education course are working with the coaching staff and players at Somerset County Cricket Club to develop and share significant data to help improve player and team performance.

Using GPS vests and technology, University Centre Somerset (UCS) will provide data to Somerset County Cricket Club (SCCC) that will help with Strength & Conditioning whilst also highlighting speed and distance of approach for bowlers in order to help improve performance. It will also help coaches develop recovery and rehabilitation programmes for players.

Joel Tratt, Head of Strength & Conditioning for Somerset County Cricket Club, commented: “The technology and data provided from UCS is invaluable to us in gaining a better understanding of the loads placed upon our players. From this data we can set more accurate training prescriptions at a variety of times throughout the year.”

Max Sauter, Course Leader for Sports at University Centre Somerset, said: ‘We use this technology for our own UCS sports teams and have started to support our local amateur and professional sports teams as well. Not only does it give teams like Somerset County Cricket Club an opportunity to help develop the team, it provides students with real-world application of theory in a professional setting – an invaluable benefit to students on Graduation looking to enter the sports industry.

UCS is working on a similar project with Yeovil Town Ladies Football Club, a Football Association Women’s Support League football team, and Taunton Town FC, current league leaders of the Evo Stik South West League.

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