Big changes at Sholing FC – Data analysis

Wessex Premier division club Sholing FC have introduced new data analyst staff to the club.

The “Boatmen” are one of many lower league clubs looking to make the leap up to the next tier of English Football.

Sholing won their last game, beating Fareham Town 5-1 (Image:Self-sourced)

The club currently sit in first place, seven points clear of second place Portland United.

Club data analyst Jamie Gregory gave an insight into his role in the team. “my job is to go to games, home and away and film footage of the games, specifically working on set pieces”.

Data analysis is a role of growing importance in Football as a way to aid player and team growth.Analysts can watch and focus on specific moments or mistakes in a match.They can look at an individual and help them with small errors they may make in a match. For Gregory, he can assist with the smaller details on set pieces that wouldn’t have been noticed before.

Sholing play at the Universal Stadium (Image: Self-Sourced)

This wasn’t possible previously as only large individual mistakes were noticeable. Clubs didn’t have people looking at each individual player and set piece routine.

Sholing have gone through a number of changes over the years, changing their name from Vosper ThorneyCroft in 2010.

There have been many success stories coming out of the lower leagues in recent years. Jamie Vardy played for clubs such as Halifax and Fleetwood Town before making his move to Leicester in 2012, where he would go on to win the Premier League in 2016 and become an England international.

Leicester City themselves were promoted into the Premier League for the 2014/15 season and were close to relegation. In the following season, they won the league in a historic season.

Winning the FA Vase and Wessex Premier division in 2014, the club hope to emulate other success stories coming out of the lower tiers of football.

Video piece on the changes at Sholing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IiEaw1e0pY