Widnes Vikings – who have recently climbed to fourth place in Rugby League’s Super League – are among the growing number of elite rugby clubs using The Sports Office performance management system.
The Vikings adopted the system in 2012 and have used it to maximise all aspects of preparation and performance, as they develop themselves as a competitive force in the 13-a-side code’s elite division.
The club’s coaching, team administration and strength and conditioning staff make use of the system’s wide range of functions, using it in areas such as sports medicine, sports science, video analysis and various coaching activities.
The Sports Office Mobile App also allows for vastly improved information management, with the Vikings’ players able to remotely submit key wellbeing data for analysis by coaches and medical personnel. Specifically in the area of sports medicine, Widnes’ use of The Sports Office system has been credited with playing a role in helping the Super League club maintain a low rate of injuryin the pre-season period.
“We are delighted to be working with Widnes Vikings and we are pleased that they are experiencing so many benefits from using our system”, said The Sports Office Client Manager Neil Holland.
“The Sports Office has the power and capability to help elite rugby clubs and organisations to improve in many areas which are critical for high performance and we look forward to seeing the club continue to develop their use of the system.”
Vikings Head Coach Denis Betts said, “The Sports Office is such a versatile piece of software that forms a big part of what we do on a daily basis here at the Vikings. From monitoring players daily wellbeing right through to match analysis tools, it allows us to cater for the high performance demands of the sport on the players.”
Betts added:”A real strength of The Sports Office is the accessibility of the information to the players through ipads, iphones and computers.
“All users are able to log in and analyse performances, have schedules synced straight to their personal calendars and many other capabilites, which allows them to plan and review often in the comfort of their own homes. We also have the ability to build in custom aspects to the software to ensure we, and the system continues to develop and improve.”
Elite Rugby Union clubs which use The Sports Office’s dedicated performance management systems include Bath, Harlequins, London Irish and Sale Sharks. They are all enjoying current success in Aviva Premiership.
The Sports Office also works with the RFU and recently supplied two teams in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.
In both rugby and football, The Sports Office provides client support for implementation and training , meaning that clubs and organisations can easily begin using the systems without additional staff recruitment.