A Technical Scout makes detailed assessments of players, covering their physical, technical and tactical attributes, then comparing the data to the players already contracted by the club. Their role is to identify and track emerging players through video footage, performance data and live scouting. This enables them to collate detailed summary documents on potential transfer targets, which they then share with the Head of Recruitment.
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This career requires you to interpret data, develop creative presentations and provide concise feedback in an engaging and professional manner.
An undergraduate degree in Sports Science (or related subject) is the minimum requirement. A Masters degree in Performance Analysis is also desirable. Organisations such as Scout7, WyScout, OPTA and Prozone have developed their own qualifications. Completion of these enhances any application.
At least three years’ worth of experience working at an elite-level professional club is required. This will have enabled applicants to develop a thorough knowledge of their chosen sport, emerging players and processes in place. Prospective Technical Scouts should be comfortable using industry standard analysis products from Scout7, OPTA, WyScout, Sportster and ChryonHego, as well as software products from Microsoft and Apple.