Carlisle Futsal Club continues to role out its workforce development programme with the appointment of Northumbria University Sports Science with Coaching student Jacob Blain, 20, in a key role for the Club. Jake will join the Clubs elite player performance division for season 2015/16 working closely with the first team during their FA National Futsal League campaign.
The role of performance analyst for the Club is crucial, it provides the first team coaching staff at the Club with the data to make informed decisions regarding team and individual training programmes during the season. The data will also be used to feed into the Clubs player profiling model.
Jake is a Carlisle native and has been actively volunteering for years locally at grassroots level of football and boasts coaching experience at Carlisle United FITC, Little Kickers, Warwick Wanderers and Centre Parcs. In May 2011 he was selected as one of 100 young football leaders out of thousands of applicants to attend the FA National Leadership and Volunteering Camp. Jake is now part of the management team for the Cumberland FAs football futures programme and combines this with his studies at Northumbria University.
Jake is delighted to be joining what he describes as ‘an exciting project’ adding ‘since starting University I have gained an interest in performance analysis in sport, as a result I attended the ProZone level 1 course in March this year to gain experience and now my appointment in this role will really allow me to start gaining practical experience working closely with the first team coaching staff and some top players.’
Jake is new to Futsal and has pledged to spend his summer months in Carlisle shadowing the Clubs academy staff and first team head coach to learn as much as he can about the game.
Head coach Merv Beacom said ‘Everyone associated with the Club will be delighted with this news. We continue to recruit exciting young people into key roles for the Club and it is these people that are driving the Club forward. We look forward to supporting Jake through the summer and working with him throughout next season.’