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Exetor Chiefs Rugby Academy

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The Exetor Chiefs Rugby Academy are recognised nationally for their success and have a proud tradition of producing homegrown players, who have made the step from regional classrooms to that of the international rugby stage.

Young players from 13-16 initially come through the Elite Player Development Programme and Developing Players Programme. From ages 16-18, the club's associated colleges look after them to continue their development, with its purpose to produce future England internationals.

As the analysis of video content is carried out in Nacsport, the Chiefs wanted a way to easily share this amongst their players and interact with them. With Nacsport, the Chiefs can easily manage the College teams and Academy players, easily sharing videos for review and commenting along with gathering data and feedback from players about their wellbeing and playing times for example with the Questionnaire tools available.

Gareth Elliot took the time to share their use of Nacsport. We would like to thank Gareth and the club for their continued support and wish everyone in the club the best of luck for the upcoming season.

'Moving forward with Nacsport after several years working with the software as an academy, we will have more coaches and players using the system and providing more detail for the analysis we will be delivering.

Our college sides at Truro and Exeter are now using the software to code their games and young athletes are gaining an understanding of using the software to tag some of their own actions, which is a brilliant way for them to look at their game in detail and at the same time picking up IT and analysis skills. Furthermore, we are really excited to start taking advantage of the new KlipDraw system, which creates really helpful and professional visual aids for players to learn from.

In terms of advances in the way we use Nacsport, we are really pushing forward with our use of simple functions such as the calendar, which is helping the academy as a whole keep up-to-date with what’s happening at different locations. We are also further developing our questionnaire system to keep track of the stress and demand put on young athletes, in line with our long-term athlete development.

Having a system where we can interact with academy players away from the club is so important to get out information to players about fixtures and training, as well as feedback on their matches, educational videos and documents for both on-field and off-field elements of being a young rugby player. It is brilliant to do this with a professional platform, rather than using social media or other forms of communication.'