Forest Green Rovers hope new match analysis system will aid promotion bid
Dave Hockaday hopes a new match analysis system will give his Forest Green Rovers an extra edge in their quest for promotion from Blue Square Bet Premier.
Rovers will become the first non-league side to use Prozone match analysis.
Prozone is currently used by all Premier League and Championship clubs, plus 12 League One and two League Two sides: Barnet and Wycombe.
The Prozone's Matchviewer system provides a technical and tactical computerised coaching tool using single camera footage.
It allows coaches immediate access to every single event in a game (such as shots, passes, crosses, set-pieces) and provides performance data and visual representations on individual players, units within the team or the whole team.
Rovers boss Hockaday said: "Forest Green are the first team in non-league football to have this cutting-edge technology.
"This will massively improve our post-match analysis, allowing us to look more technically at our performances and see where we can gain those few extra percentage points that can mean the difference between winning and losing."
Chairman Dale Vince said pioneering the use of computer analytics outside of the Football League was just another step along the path to making Forest Green Rovers more professional and more competitive.
"We've seen some big improvements on the pitch so far this season and it is all part of an overall strategy that we started two years ago to make the club more professional.
"It started with seemingly obvious measures, such as feeding players at training and games to ensure they have the right fuel, through to getting better training facilities at the Cirencester Agricultural College.
"We've continued to improve the quality of the pitch by giving Stewart the right tools for the job, provided local accommodation to cut down travel time before games, and we're now bringing in the best analytical tools available in Prozone, to help the coaches further improve preparation for games.
"These are all measures that will give our players the best chance of performing to the maximum capability."