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Samsung Team Up With Southampton Solent University

Wed 5th Dec 2012 | Marketing & PR

Samsung Electronics (UK) is teaming up with sports science experts to monitor the 22 players still in their nationwide Win A Pro Contract football competition.

The player analysis will be run by Dr Stewart Bruce-Low and his research team from Southampton Solent University, who currently work with Premier League and Football League clubs and players.

Samsung’s Win A Pro Contract this year attracted entries from nearly 6,000 amateur players - all chasing the dream of turning professional at either Swindon Town FC or Leyton Orient FC.

The 22 players through to the Semi Finals will undergo a number of assessments including cardio, body fat, sprint and recovery testing. This detailed information stream will be supplied to Swindon Town manager Paolo Di Canio and Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade to help them select their eventual winners.

Samsung Sponsorship Director Martin Howard said: “We’re delighted to announce this partnership with Southampton Solent University.

“With the help of our technology the players will experience first-hand the way the work of the sports scientist aids professional sportsmen and women become faster, stronger and fitter.

“This is a great opportunity for the amateur footballers in the competition. And for the lucky two who win a professional contract, it will be a key insight into what awaits them in their new careers.”

Dr Bruce-Low said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a brand that supports sport in so many ways. Their Win a Pro Contract competition is just another example.

“It’s an honour to help these aspiring footballers by using the science we’ve developed with squads from the Premier League.

“The new relationship with Samsung is also a wonderful opportunity for our students to obtain great working experience, whilst building their expertise and confidence.

“Collaborative work like this shows why Sport Science degrees at Southampton Solent University are ranked number one in the UK for student satisfaction.”

The two winning players will next January sign year-long professional playing contracts – one at Swindon, and one at Orient.

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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