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Two of Cornwall’s top sports clubs are teaming up with a local college to offer training to the next generation of sport analysts.

Championship rugby club, Cornish Pirates and Truro City FC have taken a Cornwall College sport student under their wing to offer a placement in analysing the players’ performance.

Joel Pittard, who is studying a level 3 diploma in sports coaching, started his work experience with the Pirates last month.

He commented: “It is a really fantastic opportunity to be able to work with such high-level clubs and players in Cornwall.

“Whilst on my placement, I have been developing my performance analytical skills. My main roles include filming training and matches and working in collaboration with other performance staff in centralising all data to create daily reports.

“I’ve also produced post-match analysis in the form of video and statistical reports.”

Pittard will work for the club during their pre-season training and throughout the season of upcoming matches.

Chris Lane, sports performance analyst for the Cornish Pirates, added: “We are really excited to connect up with Cornwall College and support learners with applied high-performance placements within Cornish Pirates and Truro City FC.”

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