Program Overview

Day One – June 29

The Evolution Suite / Manchester United Executive Club at Old Trafford, Manchester

09.00 – 09.55 Registration and Coffee
09.55 – 10.00 Opening and Welcome
PART I: Performance Analytics – a Global Perspective
10.00 – 10.30 The start of an industry – Baseball analytics in the United States
Chuck Korb will take us on a journey showing simple to understand examples of the evolution of baseball stats/sabermetrics, which explains how things have typically progressed in baseball analytics over the past 30 years.
In addition we’ll explore how teams currently prioritize and utilize data for developing sustainable real-time and long-term organizational strategies, as well as the direction advanced baseball analytics are going in the future.
Chuck Korb – President, Baseball Analysis & Sports Education and Founder of Sabermetrics, Scouting, & the Science of Baseball
10.30 – 11.00 US-led analytics for a truly global sports: Basketball Analytics
Beyond assessing players’ abilities and the success of certain line-up, we’re witnessing analytics impacting the formulation of teams and strategy of the game itself. From identifying the most valuable shots, to determining when to change the tempo to lengthen player longevity, this session delves deeper in basketball analytics.
Tim Chartier – Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Davidson College and special consultant to the NCAA Division 1 Davidson Wildcats
11.00 – 11.30 Team GB: Creating a analytics strategy across all sports
EIS employs 30 full-time performance analysts who are embedded with numerous different Olympic sporting disciplines, 24 hours a day, day in day out, in the four-year cycle leading up to the games and during the event itself. Let’s explore how to crunch the data and translating it in a manner teams could use. And then, just as importantly, how to deliver that data to the leaders of these teams feeding the information through to the competitors.
Stafford Murray – Head of Performance Analysis, English Institute of Sport
11.30 – 12.00 Germany; Developing an analytics strategy through open innovation and academic collaboration
Germany’s elaborate performance analysis approach resulted in its football team winning the World Cup in 2014, and featured a high degree of academic collaboration. One of the next steps is designing a master’s program for match analysis
Dominik Raabe – Professor Institute of Cognitive and Team/Racket Sport Research , German Sport University Cologne
12.00 – 12.30 Panel Discussion 
Chuck Korb – President, Baseball Analysis & Sports Education
Tim Chartier – Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Davidson College
Stafford Murray – Head of Performance Analysis, English Institute of Sport
Dominik Raabe – Professor Institute of Cognitive and Team/Racket Sport Research , German Sport University Cologne
12.30 -13.30 Lunch Break
PART II: European Football
13.30 – 14.30 European football is the current frontier for international analytic companies
  Moneyball was simply one select strategy to find undervalued gems using analytics. Analytic tools and systems are merely part of a strategy, and can require a significant investment in tools and personnel. In other words, it is the strategy for employing those systems within the soccer clubs that determine how successful they will be with their analytics. More and more we see European football organizations embrace data analytics as an important component to their overall strategy.
Allistair McRobert – Lecturer of Performance Analysis on the Science and Football at Liverpool John Moores University
Professor Paulo Lisboa – Football Analytics at The Football Exchange
Michael Bush – Performance Analyst, Sunderland AFC Academy
Chris Barnes – Sport Scientist, West Bromwich Albion FC
Barry McNeill – CEO Europe, Catapult Sports
14.30 – 15.00 Football Analytics from a media perspective
Football analytics was a non-existing field only four years ago, now it’s turned into a large pseudo-scientific movement where fools are no longer tolerated. From NPG90 to Expected Goals to PPDA – both football clubs and football journalism will have to deal with this, sooner rather than later, as increasingly intuitions can be replaced with numbers. A perspective from a Dutch journalistic site.
Michiel de Hoog – De Correspondent / 11tegen11
 15.00 – 15.30 Football Analytics from a club’s perspective
Let’s discuss the state of play in football and why a change in thinking is required for analytics to stop being a buzz word in football and to start really creating actionable insights with our data. We’ll touch on the importance of understanding your club, the people and philosophy and how to deliver insightful vizs that will make an impact
Brian Prestidge – Consultant at The Information Lab and formerly Head of the Analytical Department at Bolton Wanderers FC
15.30 – 16.00 Tea Break
16.00 – 16.30 How technology and software companies are revolutionizing football
Comprehensive Best Practice presentation
Barry McNeill – CEO Europe, Catapult Sports
16.30 – 17.00 Using Evidence Based Coaching to develop elite performances and players
John Bilton – Performance Coach, Chesterfield FC
How to develope a training program based on the Performance Standards derived from 750+ teams capable of scoring 3+ goals. We’ll go into the What, Why and How when in comes to improving performance and win matches.
17.00 – 17.30 The birth of NOSPA – Network Of Sports Performance Analysts in Europe
An interactive workshop on how to shape the concept of NOSPA. Based on a survey among performance analysts working in all kinds of sports across Europe, a working group of performance analysts from a number of European countries will discuss the exact shaping of NOSPA with the audience.
Rob Hartnett – Founder, Sport in Business 
Rob Carroll – Founder, 
David Roe – Founder, NaviSports
Wouter Frencken – Sport Scientist, FC Groningen
17.30 Closing of Day One
18.00 – Late Launch Party of the pan-European Network Of Sports Performance Analysts
Network reception at Hotel Football

Day Two – June 30

09.00 – 09.30 Registration and Coffee
PART III: Olympic 2020 and the role of science & research
09.30  Opening of Day Two
09.30 – 12.00 How universities, colleges and research organizations can spearhead the sports analytics development 
  Presenting research findings, case studies, reports and pilots to accelerate the implementation of sports analytics tools and technology
I.    British Cycling and the University of Kent (09.30 – 10.00)
Louis Passfield – Head of School of Sport & Excercise Science, Univeristy of Kent and Lead Scientist for British Cycling for three Olympic Games
II.   NCAA Basketball and Davidson College (10.00 – 10.30)
  Tim Chartier – Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Davidson College and special consultant to the NCAA Division 1 Davidson Wildcats
III.  University of Sunderland and the English Premier League (10.30 – 11.00)
David Archer – Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Sunderland
Chris Barnes – Performance Consultant Rugby Football League, GB Basketball and West Bromwich Albion FC
Michael Bush – Performance Analyst Sunderland AFC Academy
Panel Discussion (11.00 – 12.00)
Panel Discussion with panelists from international universities and colleges
Tim Chartier – Davidson College (USA)
Louis Passfield – University of Kent (UK)
David Archer – Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Sunderland
Dominik Raabe – Professor Institute of Cognitive and Team/Racket Sport Research , German Sport University Cologne
12.00 – 12.45 Lunch
12.45 – 14.00 Sports Analytics Best Practice and Startup Showcase
Building out a live dashboard using the Premier League
Dash Davidson – Sports Data Analyst, Tableau Software
Using mobile apps to scout talent (13.00 – 13.15)
Marc van Dorth – Co-Founder, Uscout
Using an online performance management system (13.15 – 13.30)
Rob Jackson – Operations Manager, TheSportsOffice 
Improve performance through professional filming and analysis (13.30 – 13.45)
David Roe – Founder, FilmMyMatch
How to use the data in the world’s largest sports database through a universal protocol (13.45 – 14.00)
Bert Martens – Manager Analytics, Infostrada Sports 
14.00 – 15.00 How to outperform opponents through the use of statistical analysis
The 2012 London Summer Games are being referred to as the high-tech Olympics as mobile technologies and data collecting techniques reached a level of sophistication that wasn’t available at the Beijing Olympics. When medals are won or lost by milliseconds, athletes and teams in all Olympic sports now collect as much data as they can using analytic tools, software, cameras, sensors placed all over their bodies and mobile devices to provide instant analysis of a performance.
I.                 The Quantifiable Athlete (14.00 – 14.30)
A new movement, known as “Quantified Self”, is showing great promise through the use of data and technology as a safe option to naturally increase strength, endurance, and accelerate recovery.
Drew Benvie – Author of Body Data
II.               Innovation, Technology and Olympics; How National Olympic Committees use data analysis to maximize high performance (14.30 – 15.00)
In this session, we’ll explore how National Olympic Committees can use tools to perform extensive analyses on databases with the goal of using the analyses’ outcomes for management and decision making purpose. 12 of the 20 largest national olympic committees are actively using the tools Guido will showcase.
Guido Bouw – Managing Director, Infostrada Sports
15.00 – 16.00 How to actually do sports analytics
Concluding Panel Discussion. You have all this data, but there are so many different areas that aren’t talking to each other. It is that linked thinking, the joining up of all those things.
Chuck Korb – President, Baseball Analysis & Sports Education
Wouter Frencken – Sport Scientist, FC Groningen
Guido Bouw – Managing Director, Infostrada Sports
Barry McNeill – Non-Executive Director, British Gymnastics
 16.00 Close