Swimming Performance Analysis Assistant
OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE
The University of Leeds Swimming & Water Polo club is one of the largest and most competitive mixed sports clubs on campus. Both sports regularly compete in British Universities and College Sport (BUCS) with coaching & training available for athletes of all levels. The performance analyst will work with athletes on the clubs performance programme – these swimmers train up to six times a week as well as participating in complementary S&C sessions to prepare them for competitive racing throughout the year.
The performance analyst will work alongside the Head of Swimming and other coaches to collect and interpret data related to individual swimmers as well as the squad as a whole. This data will then be used to inform training, coaching, development and competition decisions. This is an ideal role for a student with an interest in the application of data in sport. This is a new role in the 2024-25 academic year and if it is successful we may roll it out in further Gryphons clubs. You will be supported and mentored by the Head of Swimming to develop knowledge and skills specific to the role as well as transferable graduate level skills.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Attend sessions on and off site to support the collection of athlete data
- Work alongside the Head of Swimming to collate data for athletes from the performance squad
- Support the Head of Swimming with analysing data, identifying patterns and providing reports on specific athletes or groups of athletes
- Produce statistical material over set periods of time to provide measurable evidence on athlete performance
- Represent Leeds Sport and the swimming club in a positive manner
- Complete the Leeds Sport employability portfolio 3 times a year
- Attend regular development meetings and training with the Head of Swimming
- Maintain open lines of communication with the Leeds Sport team
- Hold all athlete information you come into contact with during the course of the role in the strictest confidence
Skills & experience required
- Interest in swimming and the ability and enthusiasm to manage and analyse quantitative data
- Experience and knowledge of using Microsoft Excel
- Weekly commitment to attending sessions and processing data during term time
- Be willing and able to engage with the programme in its entirety including induction, ongoing training & mentor meetings
- Good communication skills
- Flexible & adaptable
- Attention to detail
- A passion for sport and using data to improve sporting performance
Communication, Team Working, Managing information and data, Critical thinking, Creative problem-solving, Independent working, Time management.
Training & support
We want you to have the very best volunteering experience with us; therefore we take care to ensure you get the training and support you need to carry out your role including:
- An initial induction to the organisation and the role
- Training to develop specific skills such as inputting data, Excel and interpreting data as required
- Shadowing opportunities with professional coaches and practitioners
- Regular mentoring and feedback from the Head of Swimming
Any further training and support needs will be discussed with the Head of Swimming who will be your main point of contact.
Reward & recognition
Volunteers are an important part of the success of the event and all Performance Analysis volunteers will be eligible for the following:
- A uniform in the form of a Leeds Sport leadership t-shirt to wear during the course of your volunteering
- Access to the Edge facility on an Edge Club membership
- Access to all sessions, software, training and support required to complete the role
- Volunteer of the months awards
- References from our staff team
- Travel expenses if you need to travel off site for the role
Ideally you will be able to commit 2 hours per week during term time, supporting as directed by the Head of Swimming. The 2 hours per week will be flexible and can be completed around your studies – some tasks maybe completed in your own time whilst others may involve attending specific training sessions and competitions. If you are likely to find this commitment difficult, please speak to the Head of Swimming who will be able to discuss this with you in more detail.
You will be required to attend any training relevant to your role in line with the Leeds Sport minimum deployment guidelines for volunteers.
- The Performance Analyst will be responsible to Jacob Greenhalgh, Head of Swimming and Lauren Havercroft, Sports Volunteering Officer in the Leeds Sport team
- Online applications for the 2024-25 academic year are now OPEN and will close on 31st March 2024
- The role will start as a pilot in September 2024 and run for the duration of the 2024-25 academic year and we currently have 1 role available
- Following your online application you may be invited for an interview or informal meeting with the head of Swimming/ Sports Volunteering Officer to discuss the role in more detail
If you wish to apply for any of our Leeds Sport volunteering positions please complete the form below and a member of our team will be in contact with you.