Our new ‘Volunteer Corner’ feature sees us introduce all the volunteers who help out at Farsley Celtic, getting to know them and their role at the club.
This week, it’s First Team Analyst James Hallett.
How did you get involved in volunteering at Farsley?
I got started at Farsley last season through my university placement at Sheffield Hallam University, to get experience in the football and performance analysis industry.
The first game in which I was involved was the 1-0 win against Bradford (Park Avenue) back in November 2021.
What does your role at Farsley involve?
I’m in charge of the GPS trackers the players wear during games, and I produce reports on the running stats and heat maps after the game, which are sent on to Russ and the players for them to assess and utilise in their planning and preparation.
I also put together playlists of clips from Farsley’s games and the upcoming opposition ready for the analysis sessions.
What do you do on a matchday?
On match days my main job is to get the GPS trackers ready for the game.
I make sure that they’re calibrated to get accurate data and set them out for the players to wear and collect data.
What impact does the analysis have on the First Team?
I think the clips from our games and from the opposition help the team prepare for the upcoming games, understand how the opposition set up, and also know what went well and what didn’t from the last game.
The data from the GPS trackers help us know how hard the team has worked and what areas they are working in.
What do you enjoy most about the role?
I have loved getting to use the trackers this season and using the new technology to aid the analysis work.
I also enjoy working in football and getting to watch football as part of my role.
How has your experience at Farsley helped you?
I’ve gotten a lot of good experience while I’ve been at Farsley and I’ve learned a lot.
I think using the software and technology has helped me learn a lot about analysis in football, and also learning from Russ too about what to look for when putting together opposition reports has helped massively.
I think I’ve gained a lot of skills to use in a career as an analyst going forward.
What does the club mean to you?
I love being part of the club and helping the team.
Everybody at the club is very welcoming and it’s a great club to work for.
The longer I’ve been working for Farsley, the more of a fan I’ve become, especially after staying up on the last day of last season.
Interested in joining us as a volunteer?
We have a wide range of matchday roles available, with something to suit everyone – if you’re interested, don’t hesitate to get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.