Performa Sports honours the innovation of local schools
Sports analysis has become a huge part of most sports, particularly Gaelic Football.
The margins for error are getting slimmer and slimmer, and that is where Performa Sports step in.
Performa Sports have been providing vital statistical analysis to the Irish News which creates the possibility for more rigorous and elaborate reporting.
But Performa Sports has also been helping athletes on every rung of the ladder and in many different disciplines to improve their sporting performance.
Performa Sports are passionate about sport and learning and have ever-evolving techniques which allow athletes and coaches to get the best out of themselves.
Via the Performa Sports app and integrated cloud platform, athletes are given an opportunity for personal development and to cultivate a greater ‘game intelligence’ through the reflective learning that the app allows for.
By providing live and post-game stats and video analysis, coaching contact time is made more meaningful and individual performance boosted.
Through education partnerships with Ulster University and Loughborough University, Performa Sport has developed a specialism for integrating effective analysis with coaching and athlete development.
Recently, the Irish News partnered with Performa Sports to create the ‘School Stats for Success’.
Speaking of the partnership, Joe Turley of Performa Sports said: "At Performa Sports we are always learning to improve, so we were delighted to team up with the Irish News to deliver the 'Stats for Success' school initiative.”
At an awards dinner, Performa Sports recognised the achievements of schools that are using the Performa Sports equipment in new and exciting ways.
Joe said: “While it was great to see some of the schools win provincial titles in football and camogie using Performa Sports analysis software, the real success for us was seeing the personal development and imagination of the student analysts.
“In particular, this was exemplified by the Student GAA Analyst of the Year, Stephen Dyas, who not only did real-time analysis and helped improve the feedback process between coaches and players using evidence, he also helped to teach other students about analysis and helped shape a team process.
“It is also interesting to see how some schools are using their data analytics to support curriculum teaching for PE and Maths.''
Irish News Marketing Manager John Brolly commended schools for the crossover between PE and Maths.
John Brolly said: “The Irish News were delighted to partner with Performa Sports to create the ‘Stats for Success’ school initiative as it allowed for a real learning ethos to be created within the team in their pursuit for improved performance. Congratulations to all the schools that took part.”