Loughborough students benefiting from Hudl partnership

Loughborough University student Henry Melrose is making quite the impression during his year in industry with Leicester Tigers.

Having excelled through the Coach and Volunteer Academy in his second year of study, Henry dedicated his time as a performance analyst with our Loughborough Mens Rugby programme working with both our National 1 and BSR teams. This experience paired with our unique partnership between the University and Hudl, who produce performance analysis software has lead to his placement with Leicester Tigers this season.

Hudl is a revolutionary software company leading the way in which coaches and athletes are able to prepare for competition by providing tools to edit and share performance footage. Hudl, is the preferred game film solution for hundreds of teams and individuals across the globe, including England Rugby, FA and Loughborough University.

Hudl’s partnership with Loughborough Sport benefits students by giving them access to industry standard software and platforms coined with hands on experience. Henry’s experience using this software secured him the perfect placement at Leicester Tigers.

Henry’s placement is fully embedded into the performance analysis team at Leicester Tigers supporting the 1st XV in all aspects of analysis delivery. Henry is responsible for the filming and coding of training sessions, assisting with the preview of opposition and assists with a number of aspects of analysis both post and during the game.

Of his development Henry said:

"The experience I gained at Loughborough University working as a Volunteer Performance Analyst for the Rugby Union 1st XV was a perfect introduction to what is required to be a Performance Analyst at a professional level. The practical experience in being able to use sports code, including coding for teams and individuals, and applying this to create effective stats and documents for coaches really helped me when starting my placement with Leicester Tigers, as I understood what was expected of me.

“Working alongside the coaches at Loughborough was also important in gaining experience with knowing what they want from you and how you can best give them feedback. This experience is invaluable and hard to find and without it I would not be able to do all the things I am now able to do working with Leicester Tigers. It’s not only this, but the experience has hopefully set me up for a potential career in professional sport at the highest level.”

Rugby Club Coordinator and Loughborough Sport Performance Analysis Lead Andy-Rhys Jones

“HUDL is pivotal to our performance analysis service at Loughborough giving us the tools to analyse in a thorough and professional way. It is also great for our student analysts to become fluent on the tools that are used so widely within professional sport. Having worked with Henry last year it is excellent to see how well he has progressed in his placement at Leicester Tigers. He has developed massively as an analyst and his progress is a real testament to how hard he has worked. He has certainly put himself in an excellent position to progress into an analysis career.” 

If you’re interested in performance analysis and the opportunities hosted by Leicester Tigers following Henry’s footsteps contact; simbon.barbour@tigers.co.uk with your CV and cover letter.