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.



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….”

Tool for Coaches to Audit their PA Practice

Alan Swanton @aswano23

At the close of every season most coaches review, reflect and evaluate the success of the processes they have put in place to support athlete learning and development.  One of these supports is performance analysis (PA), whether the coach is delivering this themselves or has the luxury of an applied analyst to help.  This post explains how coaches can use a simple audit tool to consider their practice in the various aspects of PA. Continue reading “Tool for Coaches to Audit their PA Practice”

Towards the Optimum Visualisation – Cutting Through the Haze…

Alan Swanton @aswano23

I continue to be fascinated by how we can display the data and information we collect on a daily basis in different ways to help us tell a better story of competitive performance.  Not long after my last post on this site, l came across this –

On first glance scrolling down through the home page l was taken by the sheer volume of different options available, some all too familiar and others inquisitively interesting.  The search function across the top of the page grouping the charts by family, input, function and shape provided me with a useful filter through which to explore further.  Continue reading “Towards the Optimum Visualisation – Cutting Through the Haze…”

The Story He Wouldn’t Allow Me to Tell!! 

Alan Swanton @aswano23

A week is a long time in sport and l have returned to the day job since our catch up last week.  Back to bout analysis and program planning for the year ahead and beyond.  Some of the conversations I had during the Hackathon have stuck in my head, I’ve taken some time to make my notes and to reflect on what was an interesting get together last Thursday.  Myself, Johnny & Denise have also begun to flesh out our thoughts on the mechanisms through which we can build on our catch up on Thurs, your feedback to the post event survey is helpful here so please take some time to fill out, it will influence our thinking as we flesh this out over the coming weeks.  We will put together a plan of action and we welcome all feedback from the group around how best to do this. Continue reading “The Story He Wouldn’t Allow Me to Tell!! “