PJ Dundass

Placement Student (Strength & Conditioning)

Before joining us at Exeter, PJ (Patrick John) graduated from Waterford Institute of Technology in Southern Ireland. Having been impressed with Exeter due to its international reputation for excellence across teaching and research, PJ is now studying for an MSc in Sport and Health Sciences. Passionate about Strength and Conditioning (S&C), PJ enjoys the opportunity it provides to physically develop individual athletes as well as the chance to work with squads. He was previously in post as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Aberdeen Grammar School and has also coached professional and elite athletes across both the UK and USA. Within his S&C placement PJ is delivering to rowing club, men’s football 1st team as well as assisting with men’s rugby. He is also currently working as an S&C coach at talent development camps for Western Storm, one of the Women’s Cricket Superleague franchises and is enjoying working with female cricketers who have the potential to play at international level. 

Filippo Baldasso

Placement Student (Strength and Conditioning)

Before joining us at Exeter, Filippo graduated from University of Verona in Italy and is now studying for an MSc in Sport and Health Sciences and completing an S&C placement with our High Performance squads. Specifically interested in injury prevention and training load, Filippo enjoys working with individual athletes and squads. He was previously in post as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Benetton Rugby Treviso in PRO12 after a successful internship within the academy teams, coaching professional and elite players from England, New Zealand, Australia and Italy. Filippo is currently assisting with rowing club, men’s rugby and delivering to the women's football 1st team. He is also currently completing an internship as an S&C coach at Exeter City FC, to provide support with the U13, U14 and U16 teams in the academy, and is enjoying working with children and youngsters who are developing and have the potential to play at a high level. In his spare time Filippo is a keen ultra-runner and active member of the University climbing club.

Alex Reader

Placement Student (Strength and Conditioning)

Prior to joining us at Exeter, Alex graduated from Southampton Solent University with a first class honours degree in BSc Applied Sports Science. Looking to further his knowledge of fitness and wellbeing, he is now studying for an MSc in Sport and Health Sciences.  During his undergraduate Alex become particularly involved with Strength and Conditioning (S&C) having picked it has his optional modules and partaking in numerous S&C opportunities. Previously he was a S&C coach for the High Performance Academy at Solent University, where he worked with international and national athletes, he has also been an assistant S&C coach at London Irish RFC bronze academy and been a S&C coach for a Wheelchair Rugby Team. As part of the S&C placement Alex is assisting with delivery to the rowing club and men's football. 

Thomas Driscoll

Placement Student (Performance Analysis)

"I wanted to complete a placement because in my previous studies I had an analysing performance module and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I wanted to get more involved in the analysis side of a team’s performance and try to learn and develop my skills, as well as hopefully playing a part in a team being successful. During my placement with women's hockey I have learnt how to break down and analyse performances and look different aspects of the match (such as positioning of players on and off the ball) and looking at the overall effect that it had on the match. I have also gained the ability to interpret data and recognise certain trends and patterns within matches. I believe performance analysis is becoming very important for a club to be successful. The ability to breakdown aspects of the game and offer feedback on how to improve technical/ tactical aspects of the performance will become ever more demanding in the future. In the future I am looking to join a Performance Analysis Department for a Football Club".   

Natalie Woolven

Placement Student (Performance Analysis)

"I wanted to complete a performance analysis placement as I had enjoyed my performance analysis internship at Exeter City, and wanted to gain further experience, especially in sports other than football, and sports that I'm not quite so familiar with. I've learned a lot already during this placement. I have definitely improved my skills using sportscode and feel more confident using it now. Also I've learned more about how and why the data is used once it has been coded, and information that can be gained from it. In the future, I would like to work within performance analysis, either at a football or rugby club, or within university sport. I would also love, at some point in the future, to see and experience how performance analysis is used within collegiate level sport in America".

Chris Bradley

Placement Student (Performance Analysis)

"I enjoy working as part of a team/club and like the idea that information collected by performance analysts can influence the outcome of games or tournaments. The placement has given me the opportunity to work in a professional environment with a top team such as EUWRFC. So far I have learnt how to use professional analysis equipment such as Gamebreaker and feel I have improved in my attention to detail when identifying areas for improvement for both the team and individual players. To further my experience within performance analysis I am looking into completing a placement with the Exeter Chiefs and am currently investigating studying a masters degree in performance analysis".