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Posted: 07/10/16

Exploring technology in football

Information technology students from West Nottinghamshire College have visited one of the UK’s highest profile Premier League football clubs to discover how computer systems have an impact on the club and its sales.

Computer science students enjoyed a technological tour of Etihad Stadium

Students on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT (Networking and System Support) visited Manchester City Football Club’s Etihad Stadium to get an insight into how technology is helping the club and its players develop.

Learners saw how the club uses information systems to make informed decisions relating to ticket sales as well as seeing the complex control systems to operate the gates and ticket turnstiles and saw the hardware in action.

They also saw how technology is also used at the club to collate data to enhance the players’ training during coaching programmes, as well as tailoring tactics to counter each opposition team.

Programme area leader for computing, John Gell, said: “It was a very interesting visit for everyone. Getting to see a very different industry and how they use latest technology to develop the business meant that students could use these examples within their assignments.

“Everyone really enjoyed the tour of the impressive stadium and seeing the systems in operation, which go into making a very successful football club.”