Next/First Irish Performance Analysis eXchange catch up

In my last post a few weeks back l set a save the date for the first IPAX meet up.  This will take place in the Sport Ireland Institute of Thursday 19th April.  Please circulate this invite to anyone you know who might like to attend, we are keen to grow the network and community and one of the best ways to do this is through the existing network This is a free event but please confirm your attendance to before 12 noon on Tues 17th April.

The purpose of the event is to provide a forum for applied analysts to can come together on a more frequent basis to share practice, ideas and experiences within the Irish sporting context.


12:30: Arrival – Light refreshments will be provided

1:00 – 2:00: Wal McConnell – Analyst, Men Senior Hockey Team & Kitman labs

“Using the R environment for Sports Performance Analysis’

Walter McConnell has been the Performance Analyst with Ireland’s Mens Hockey Team since 2014. He has worked at major international tournaments, including the Olympic Games in Rio 2016. With a professional background in computer science, Wal was previously responsible for Engineering and Data Science at Kitman Labs. Wal has a keen interest in the applied use of analytics and data science in elite sport.

2:00 – 2:15: Break

2:15 – 3:15: Open discussion forum

“Irish Performance Analysis Exchange (IPAX) – the next steps?”

The discussion will be facilitated by Daragh Sheridan, Head of Capability & Expertise, Sport Ireland Institute.  Over the last 6 years Daragh has devised and implements the Pursuit of Excellence Program – which aims to provide a bespoke coach development program.  He will present a snap shot of his experience in developing a community of practice within the Irish Olympic & Paralympic sporting community.  It is envisaged that this will frame the discussion around what IPAX community potentially could be.



Periodisation of Analysis

Brian Fitzpatrick @brianfitzp10

Cross-Discipline Amalgamation

”All ideas grow out of other ideas” – Anish Kapoor

Although not a revolutionary idea in planning your analysis for the long term, it is something that is scarcely written about to date.

Cross-discipline amalgamation is a great way of developing new theories and adapting them across to your own discipline. Given a large percentage of people in analysis have a sports science degree or related and that the strength and conditioning industry in many ways was the analysis of 20 years ago, it makes a lot of sense to adapt what they do and apply it to what we do in analysis. Continue reading “Periodisation of Analysis”

IPAX – What’s it all about….

Alan Swanton @aswano23

The Irish Performance Analysis Exchange was created late last year on the back of a PA workshop which was hosted as part of the Sport Ireland Institute HPX conference.  We would like to thank Keith Lyons for giving us (myself, Johnny Bradley & Denise Martin) the nudge we needed to get this off the ground.  At the time of setup, we committed to having a fresh post every Friday.  Our first target was achieved but then the clock turned to 2018 and now 6 weeks in the year we are looking towards the most appropriate next steps. Continue reading “IPAX – What’s it all about….”