Calum Hayes - Student profiles - University of Derby

Calum Hayes: From University to Dream Job

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science graduate, Calum Hayes, used his degree to launch a career in the field. From internships at high-level Championship football clubs, Calum took advantage of great opportunities and implemented the course's real-world learning to work his way up the ladder at Walsall FC.

Whilst studying BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science at the University, I completed two internships. The first of which was with the Nottingham Forest FC first team, during the second semester in my first. For my second and third year at the University, I then moved to complete an internship with Derby County FC. Here, I started within the academy, later moving up to the first team and taking over a variety of roles including Prozone and GPS analysis. This formed the foundation for my independent study.

Academically, I enjoyed the Sports Coaching modules with Vernon, as it allowed for the application of the theoretical knowledge obtained during lectures and seminars. In addition to this, both the physiology and the psychology captivated me and have provided me with a sound understanding from which to excel in a multi-disciplinary working environment. Coursework and deadlines mimic the real working world. The whole course is designed with an emphasis on gaining skills that are desirable and essential to prospective employers.

Whist at Derby County, I was in contact with Walsall FC, who were training at the local secondary school where I was working as a fitness instructor at the time. I introduced myself and explained my role at Derby County and was invited to spend the day at the training ground with Walsall FC. Following the end of my internship and degree program, I contacted Walsall FC's Assistant Manager to see if they could offer me a position. I completed last season as first team analyst on a volunteer basis; during this time, I had taken over all goalkeeping and reserve team analysis. Over time, I was promoted to Head of Performance Analysis and Recruitment.

My current role at the club includes providing pre-match analysis, in-game analysis (video feedback at half time) and post-match analysis. I provide an inattentive, in-depth, statistical based view of both first team and reserve team football, and I co-ordinate and deliver a comprehensive analysis support system.

Whilst at Walsall FC, I have implemented a unique KPI (Key Performance Indicators) database to provide a detailed statistical analysis of player performance. The construction of a second experiment database takes into account a verity of KPI and provides a position specific efficacy score (money-ball stats). This is a progression from my dissertation, which had a strong focus on identifying KPIs’ that significantly correlate to results.