Analytics FC partner with new PFA Business School to deliver data education

Analytics FC is delighted to announce that it will be collaborating with the Professional Footballers’ Association newly launched Business School to deliver its Football Data Analytics programme. The PFA is the union for all currently active and former footballers in the Premier League, the FA Women’s Super League, and the English Football League.

The Workshop will launch later this year and is accessible to all PFA members, will draw on Analytics FC’s own experience of harnessing data in a variety of ways across the professional game. The programme, run over five modules of interactive teaching material and guest lectures, will feature a number of case studies in which Analytics FC have a successful track record, including player recruitment and coach assessment, working with data in the media, and using data to negotiate player contracts.

The programme will be delivered by members of the Analytics FC team, including CEO Jeremy Steele and Head of Content Alex Stewart, but will also feature a number of excellent guest speakers. These include Tom Worville (former Data Scientist at RB Leipzig), Mladen Sormaz (Director of Football Analytics at 777 Partners), Suds Gopaladesikan (Head of Analytics at Atalanta), Oliver Gage (Director of the Association of Professional Football Analysis), Lucy Rushton (GM of Bay FC and former Sporting Director at D.C. United), Sam Jackson (Player ID and Data Insights Manager at CAA Base), and Jon Mackenzie (Tifo Football/The Athletic).

Analytics FC CEO Jeremy Steele said, “We are extremely pleased to be collaborating with the PFA on their Business School Programme. We think it will really empower players by building their skillset and knowledge base, both in their current job as players but probably more importantly to prepare them for their next steps after their playing careers finish. The course itself will focus data in football. We, like the PFA, believe that good use of data can improve the quality of decision-making in football, which will not only improve the game overall, but enhance the understanding of PFA members about the sport. It is exciting for Analytics FC to be using its real-world experience of working with clubs, federations, and players at the game’s highest levels in a teaching context, and it will allow us to situate the Workshop in examples that PFA members will actually encounter.”

Alejandro Cardenas, Director of the PFA’s Business School, added, “We are very happy to be working with Analytics FC on this programme, which forms part of an exciting range of educational courses that the PFA Business School is offering. These are all geared towards our members learning things that they will encounter in their careers, so Analytics FC’s wide experience and practical expertise will be of enormous benefit.”

Full details of the course can be found by clicking here.

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