Footage is also provided for future players to describe and analyse. It’s another way of assessing ‘hockey IQ’, explains Pridham.
“We’ll now take a video of the player themselves or the video of our team and have them just look at it. We’ll ask ‘what do you see’ - there’s not really a right or wrong answer, but it just gives us an idea on how he could be taught or his vision of the game.”
The process aims to get to know the personality and character of prospective recruits, something which is supported through a series of interviews.
“We have Dr. Meg Popovic who works for us and she’s the background psychologist. During the season she’ll do a Skype interview or sit and talk to a player in person,” adds Pridham.
“She’ll sit down and do a face-to-face analysis as well. We’re really reliant on our scouts and Dr. Meg to give us this whole character background of the player.”
The FA Talent ID Conference is taking place on the 28th November at St. George’s Park. To learn more about this year’s theme, disruptive thinking in talent identification, follow @StGeorgesPark on Twitter and look for the hashtag #TalentID2019.
Brandon Pridham was speaking to candidates on the 2019/20 UEFA Pro Licence course. The purpose of the discussion was to share recruitment best practice between US and Canadian sports and football. Learn more about the UEFA Pro Licence course here.
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