Based in Greater Manchester in the UK, Hyde United is a semi-professional football club that plays in the Evo-Stik Premier Division, the seventh tier of English football.
Hyde started using Catapult’s PlayerTek system in 2017 in an effort to further professionalise their approach to training and athlete monitoring. Since implementing the technology, the club has been impressed with how it has helped improve levels of analysis without stretching the budget.
“At Hyde we’re trying to run as professional setup as we can,” says David McGurk, Assistant Manager at Hyde United. “We can’t afford what the big boys have got, but we want to get as close as possible.”
In his role as Assistant Manager, McGurk is responsible for planning and taking training sessions, as well as being a major contributor to the team selection process. Since adopting Catapult technology, he’s found that the metrics it provides have been key to managing the training cycle and ensuring that players are preparing for specific match demands.
“As Assistant Manager the system provides me with the information that I need to plan sessions,” says McGurk. “It’s given us a good basis in terms of going into games, with the right schedule for training on a Tuesday and Thursday.”
Hyde have found athlete monitoring technology particularly useful for informing the coaching process and supplementing the knowledge of the coaching staff as they seek to digest key insights and present them back to the players.
“The PlayerTek system makes my job easier,” says Shailesh Pindoria, Head of Performance Analysis at Hyde United. “As well as watching the game, by having the technology we can see if the players are working hard enough and inform and support the intuition of the coaches.”
As Hyde United continue to develop their use of athlete monitoring technology, the PlayerTek system will be key as the club uses data to inform training, tactical strategy and player development on a weekly basis.