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.



A Friday Letter

Keith Lyons @520507

Dear All

I have been off researching.

The focus for my interest has been a champion football team, its coach and an analyst.

I am hopeful this letter adds to a theme that has been running through IPAX posts. Last Friday, Laura invited us to think about how we share helpful information with coaches. A month ago, Denise shared her insights into an applied performance analyst meeting a coach for the first time.

Both these posts added to the delightful experiencing of hearing Johnny and Craig talk at HPX17 about their relationship as analyst and coach. Continue reading “A Friday Letter”

Stop, Learn and Adjust

Johnny Bradley @JohnnyBrad1ey

31st August 2017 – the day I left SINI.

Since then I have had time to reflect – the highs and the lows. The ability to reflect is crucial. I wish I had the opportunity to do more of it when working in SINI. I thought to get better I had to work harder, keep the head down, look for more data, more video, find better connections. However, experience has taught me, that sometimes to be better all we need to do is stop and reflect. One of the best coaches I worked with always said to her players “Stop, Learn and Adjust”. As analysts, we need to do the same. If we don’t, we will just burnout. Continue reading “Stop, Learn and Adjust”

From the boy in the future (Braidwood, NSW)

Keith Lyons @520507

When I was in primary school (the 1950s!) we had a favourite book, First Aid in English. One of the tests was to try to write appropriate sentences. One I remember very well was the question what is wrong with the following sentence? (It was about a teacher in a classroom.) “Whenever I open my mouth some fool speaks.”

I did volunteer the idea of a Friday Letter from Abbotstown and so I have asked Alan if it was OK for me to write the first one.

I was excited by the amount of volunteers we had to write the letter. This was the queue earlier today Continue reading “From the boy in the future (Braidwood, NSW)”