Sports Office performance management system for elite soccer supports women’s football growth

The record Wembley attendance earlier this month for the Women’s FA Cup Final has underlined the growing profile of this branch of the game and The Sports Office team were delighted to see client club Manchester City secure victory under the world-famous arch.

Man City Women beat Birmingham City Ladies 4-1, in front of a bumper 35,271 crowd. The winning side featured the likes of England skipper Steph Houghton and star US signing Carli Lloyd. As well as the “Light Blues”, women’s teams at Chelsea, Arsenal, Southampton, Oxford United and Bristol City are all users of “The Football Squad’’, The Sports Office’s performance management system for elite soccer.

This growing sector of the game benefits from the system’s powerful functionality. And Sports Office Business Development Manager Tom Leather says the company is pleased to have played a part in supporting the success of all teams and of women’s football as a whole.

He said: “It’s great to see the women’s game developing so rapidly, as well as the increasing recognition for the professional standards of the competitions and the teams.”

“And of course we’d like send our congratulations to Manchester City Women for their great victory in the Cup Final at Wembley. We understand the team are aiming to secure more success in the future and we believe the “The Football Squad’’ will support them as they move forward.”


Manchester City Women celebrate their 2017 FA Cup victory. They are one of several elite women's teams which use The Sports Office performance management system for elite soccer.

Source: Manchester City Women Twitter.
Manchester City Women celebrate their 2017 FA Cup victory. They are one of several elite women’s teams which use The Sports Office performance management system for elite soccer.


Coaching, football analysis software and much more

The Sports Office online performance management system for elite soccer supports managers, coaches and fitness practitioners involved at professional level. The system provides an extensive range of features to support football coaching, video-usage, sports science, sports medicine, scouting and recruitment, squad management and intra-club communication. It also offers extensive statistical analysis for football, training load management and allows the creation of personalised performance and development plans for players.

Women’s football is set for further profile boosts in the coming months. The UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 kicks off this July in the Netherlands and for the first time, the tournament will involve 16 teams. The FA have also recently launched Gameplan for Growth, which is a drive to double participation and grow the fanbase.

The Sports Office works with more than 100 professional football clubs, competing in the world’s most high-profile competitions. Several major national governing bodies have also chosen to adopt The Sports Office. One of these is the Scottish FA, who use it throughout their structures, including for all their national teams and at all seven of their Performance Schools.

Elsewhere in the world of elite sport, clients include the RFU, Aviva Premiership rugby clubs, leading equestrian organisations, professional tennis coaches, clubs in Rugby League’s Super League and professional cycling teams.

Elite cricket performance management system supplied to ECB

The Sports Office has supplied the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) with an elite cricket performance management system for use across several areas of its operations.

The powerful system will be used to support the delivery of sports medicine, including injury surveillance and monitoring. This puts the ECB alongside other progressive governing bodies, including the RFU, which have focussed resources into areas relating to player welfare and optimising performance. The system enables large volumes of relevant data to be shared quickly and accurately between international team staff and those working at county level.

The Sports Office have also developed a new feature within the elite cricket performance management system which allows ECB administrators to calculate and manage scheduled payments to counties, which are dependent on player appearances in targeted areas of the game. This has streamlined and improved the efficiency of a key process within cricket’s player development strategy. It also provides counties with an important income stream.

“We are delighted to be working with the ECB”, said Neil Holland, Client Manager at The Sports Office.

“We believe the performance management system we have supplied will offer them excellent support for their elite cricket teams and players. They required some unique functionality which were able to create by working to gain an understanding of their specific needs and the demands created by the sport itself.”

Neil Holland added:” We are confident the ECB coaches and staff will find our system to be an excellent foundation for their important and far sighted work in the area of injury surveillance and monitoring.”

Elite cricket performance management system supports key ECB processes

The Sports Office performance management system will also support the ECB to improve important aspects of player registration and team selection. Specifically, the registration element allows counties to search for new players within a central database and then request transfers. ECB officials are able to monitor and sanction this, in real time, which increases the speed and enhances the efficiency of a key process within the sport.

The Sports Office supplies online performance management systems to many elite sporting organisations including professional football clubs, competing in the world’s most high-profile competitions.

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Manchester City and Chelsea FC are just two of these, in the Barclay’s Premier League. The Scottish FA have also chosen to use The Sports Office’s software throughout their structures, including for all their national teams and at all seven of their Performance Schools.

Other clients from elite sport include the NHL Hockey franchises, NBA Basketball teams the RFU, Aviva Premiership clubs, clubs in Rugby League’s Super League, elite tennis and professional cycling teams.

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Oxford United benefit from Sports Office performance management system for elite soccer

Coaching and fitness staff from Oxford United football club have explained how The Sports Office performance management system for elite soccer, ‘The Football Squad’, has supported their rise through the divisions in the last decade.

In 2010, the Us returned to the Football League, following victory in the Conference play-off final. Since then they have reached the finals of the Football League Trophy (2016) and EFL Trophy (2017) in successive seasons and they were promoted to League 1 at the end of the 2015/16 Season. Also, at time of writing, the club are challenging strongly for a League One play-off place.

And now Oxford United Performance Analyst Dan Cooper has revealed how ‘The Football Squad’ has helped the club in a number of key performance areas during this period, including analysis, sports medicine and scouting:“Since introducing The Football Squad in 2012, it has been a pivotal tool used within all departments to aid the development and progression of our staff and players alike.

“In terms of analysis, it is the platform that we use to upload and share all of our game footage, team and individual clips, as well as pre and post-match analysis presentations. The Sports Office platform is well designed and allows coaches and players to remotely access these videos and presentations from anywhere.”

Oxford United have explained how they benefit from The Sports Office performance management system for elite soccer.

Oxford United have explained how they benefit from The Sports Office performance management system for elite soccer.

Dan Cooper added:”In the area of sport science and the medical, players training loads, injury notes and testing/growth maturation data is all logged and stored within the platform, offering any of our staff within these departments the ability to access and view any of our player’s fitness data as and when they require it.

“The recruitment element of The Football Squad is also used extensively within the academy, allowing us to track every player who we bring in for trial, sign or release. It also has a great tool which allows us to build future squads, which helps massively when it comes to planning and picking individuals for teams for future seasons.

“The Football Squad is also an extremely useful tool in terms of communication, as it allows us to quickly and easily send emails to any of our staff or players within any of our teams. The constant developments of the platform allow us to further increase our productivity, allowing us to progress as a club.”

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The Sports Office systems include extensive Football Analysis functionality.

Our performance management system for elite soccer is used throughout the game

The Sports Office online performance management system for elite soccer supports practitioners involved at professional level. The system provides extensive functionality to support coaching, video-usage, sports science, sports medicine, scouting and recruitment, squad management and communication. It also allow the creation of truly personalised performance and development plans for players.

The company works with more than 100 professional football clubs, competing in the world’s most high-profile competitions. Several major national governing bodies have also chosen to adopt The Sports Office. One of these is the Scottish FA, who use it throughout their structures, including for all their national teams and at all seven of their Performance Schools.

Elsewhere in the world of elite sport, clients include the RFU, Aviva Premiership rugby clubs, leading equestrian organisations, professional tennis coaches, clubs in Rugby League’s Super League and professional cycling teams.

For more information about our systems please contact us.

British Horseracing Authority : The Sports Office – video case study

In this video case study coaches and administrators from the British Horse Racing Authority explain how The Sports Office performance management system has benefited their work.

  • You can read much more about The Sports Office’ work with the British Horse Racing Authority here.
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The Sports Office Launches ‘The Load Manager’

The new Sports Office load manager module is now available. All users have access to this functionality which offers live tracking of playing and training loads.

The module dynamically brings together data held in the Preparation and Sports Science areas of the system. A player/athlete tracker also provides an array of user defined options for personalised monitoring, including the ability to see individual and team information. Also included is the capability to monitor both acute and chronic loads and to manage training stress balance.

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The load manager also offers a more visually engaging information display. It will create further improvements in the performance workflow via dedicated areas which show data for staff with specific roles.

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Sports Office data security & quality management receive ISO certification

The Sports Office has achieved the internationally recognised ISO certification for both data security and quality management, when building its performance management systems for elite sport.

Both ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 have been awarded to the company by the British Assessment Bureau. The first certification shows the business delivers a consistent level of quality to customers, via well defined and regularly reviewed processes and procedures. The latter verifies that The Sports Office maintains both excellent physical IT security and also the highest possible standards of data protection.

The Sports Office has been awarded ISO 9001 certificationCraig Bailey, Development Director at The Sports Office said: “We are delighted to have achieved these ISO certifications, which clearly reflect our strong, ongoing commitment to this important aspect of our work.

“Data security is vitally important for us as we develop systems to handle sensitive user information, especially given the evolving nature of information security threats. More is needed than just making sure physical security is in place. A strategic approach to data security must also be taken by a business. We believe our systems offer clients peace of mind in this area and this formal recognition validates our approach.“

The Sports Office has bee awarded ISO 27001 certificationThe Sports Office provides online performance management systems for elite sport, which offer a range of functionality. The systems support key performance processes including athlete monitoring and training load management, injury prevention, sports science, sports medicine, administration, coaching, scouting and sports analytics.

The Sports Office continues to support major professional rugby injury study

The Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project’s (PRISP) report for 2015-16 has recently been published. The long-term study is made possible by a bespoke performance management and monitoring system, developed for rugby authorities by The Sports Office.

The study is intended to improve professional player welfare and is the most comprehensive of its type. The project was first commissioned in 2002 and was jointly created by the RFU, Premier Rugby and the Rugby Players Association. It monitors player injury risk in Premiership, European club and representative competition, as well as in training.

The Sports Office worked with senior medical staff at the RFU to design and develop a powerful system which allows sports medicine and performance personnel at participating clubs and national teams to easily input an extensive range of medical and performance data. The system allows for this information to be shared immediately with coaches, directors of rugby and other key staff. The system also compiles the collected data to generate baselines, create comprehensive reports and identify patterns and trends of injuries via comparison with previous seasons.

The Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project’s annual report is made possible by a bespoke performance management and monitoring system developed by The Sports Office

The Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project’s annual report is made possible by a bespoke performance management and monitoring system developed by The Sports Office

Sports Office Client Manager Neil Holland commented: “It’s pleasing to see that the Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project continues to provide the sport with important data that can help improve standards of player welfare and medical management. Our system is a powerful tool and resource to support this long-term study and hence the ongoing work of rugby’s sports medicine and performance practitioners.”

Holland added: “We continue to work with our clients at the RFU, Premier Rugby and other governing bodies to offer them the levels of support they require. We look forward to playing our part in further improving this crucial aspect of the sport.”

Speaking in a press release about the report, jointly issued by the RFU and Premier Rugby, RFU Chief Medical Officer Simon Kemp said: “This is an important study that helps us understand injury trends in the professional game in England. Since this surveillance project began in 2002 the injury rate has remained relatively stable however last season has shown a decline in match injuries; lower than any other season.

“We need to be cautious about interpreting the data in a Rugby World Cup year that led to a change in the domestic season structure. We certainly can’t now say that the professional game is safer from these single-season results and we need to continue to monitor injury risk to clarify if this is a trend or not.”

Previously Simon Kemp has also praised The Sports Office’ work in the development of the performance management and monitoring system for the project. He said: “The Sports Office system provides a comprehensive electronic medical record with an integrated injury surveillance function.

“It’s fundamental to the delivery of sports medicine care to our Premiership and England representative team players. Our players, medical staff and performance teams all derive significant benefits.”

In the same joint press release about the recent PRISP report, Corin Palmer, Head of Rugby Operations at Premiership Rugby, also said: “Player welfare is Premiership Rugby’s number one priority and the Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project continues to provide important information which allows us alongside our 12 clubs to establish and maintain world-class standards when treating any player who has been injured in any way.”

Among the key findings from the PRISP report for 2015-16 season were that the incidence of match injuries in the Premiership was lower than reported in any previous season. Data collection during the 2016-17 season will help clarify whether this is the start of a trend towards a lower overall injury incidence or an atypical year. A copy of the PRISP report for 2015-16 season and further details can be read on the Aviva Premiership Rugby website, here.

The Sports Office provides online performance management systems for elite sport, which offer a range of functionality. The systems support key performance processes including athlete monitoring and training load management, injury prevention, sports science, sports medicine, administration, coaching and sports analytics.

Among the company’s varied client base, are many elite rugby organisations. These include national governing bodies, teams in SANZAR’s Super Rugby competition, the Australian NRL and many clubs in the UK’s Rugby League Super League.

Official opening for new Sports Office HQ

The Grade II listed Wigan Hall – the new HQ of The Sports Office – has been officially opened following the completion of an extensive refurbishment programme.

Viscount Newport, a direct descendant of Orlando Bridgeman who ordered the building’s construction in 1875, was guest of honour at the ceremony. The Mayor of Wigan Councillor Ron Conway, the High Sheriff of Greater Manchester and Wigan Council leader Lord Peter Smith were also present. They were joined by Wigan Warriors and Football League Chairman Ian Lenagan.

The Sports Office Director Andy Clarke said: “We’d like to thank Viscount Newport, the representatives of Wigan Council and everybody who attended our opening. The event was a great success and we’re proud to showcase Wigan Hall as an historic building, which is now also a modern workplace.


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Pictured – Viscount Newport, Phil and Andy Clarke from The Sports Office with Wigan Warriors and EFL Chairman Ian Lenagan, at the grand opening of Wigan Hall.


“We believe this area of the town is developing as a vibrant hub for tech and online business and we are delighted to be playing a role in that process. Our company is in an exciting phase of development and we are receiving an increasing number of approaches from clubs, teams and organisations from around the world.”

And Clarke added:”The Sports Office has experienced tremendous growth in recent years; we work with high-profile clients throughout the world of elite sport. This expansion means we are always seeking to recruit those with degree level qualifications in the areas of IT and coding.

“We are also expanding our sales and client service team and, in both cases, we will always look favourably on applications from locally based talent.”

The Sports Office purchased Wigan Hall from the Diocese of Liverpool. The building was designed in the ‘Arts and Crafts’ style by celebrated architect George Street, whose work included the Royal Courts of Justice. The restoration to convert the Hall’s interior to a modern workplace began in December 2014 and is now fully complete.

Throughout the process, the project team, Oakland Developments ensured their work did not damage or detract from the building’s historical significance and consulted regularly with heritage organisations.  Wigan Hall is now home to 30 members of The Sports Office team. This includes the coding and testing teams as well as the client management and administration departments.

The Hall has previously served as the home of a wealthy Wigan family and was also the official residence of the parish church rector. Its restoration allows passers by to enjoy the building and landscape. It had previously been obscured by overgrown trees. Swiss windows, believed to date back to 1550, have been also restored and preserved inside the Hall.

Sports Office systems are the “perfect fit” for World Rugby load management recommendations

A new study by one of the world’s largest sports federations has underlined that effective load management is critical to injury prevention for elite performers. The extensive monitoring and measurement recommended in the study can be readily implemented, via the dedicated module within Sports Office performance management systems.

World Rugby, which works with 120 member Unions and oversees 6.7 million players worldwide, commissioned the study. It examined the management of game and training load for elite players and was recently published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

The study examined “loads (activity levels) encountered by professional rugby players” in order to “better understand the impact on physical and mental health, with the objective of determining potential recommendations for injury prevention.” Findings from the study have been released to increase awareness of injury-prevention throughout the game.


The Sports Office load management module is capable of generating a range of detailed reports.

The Sports Office load management module is capable of generating a range of detailed reports.

Among these are that “loads should be individually managed” as some players “may be at higher risk of injury such as those returning from injury, inexperienced players or those who have taken a step-up in competition level.“ The study also recommended that “coaches/team personnel look closely at managing load via planning and adapting training sessions” with “clear communication regarding short and long term load monitoring and management goals.”

“Having reviewed the World Rugby study, we believe the load management module within our performance management systems is the perfect fit for any elite rugby organisation seeking to implement these recommendations or any elite sports organisation seeking to use a similar approach to injury prevention and performance optimisation.”, commented The Sports Office Managing Director Phil Clarke.

“The module offers users a powerful and accurate means of quickly and effectively evaluating the impact of ALL training and preparation activities. It also offers the efficient communication opportunities described in the research. ”

Clarke added: “We believe this World Rugby study is a highly important and beneficial development for the global game. The power and capacity of our Sports Office load management functionality will support those who seek to adopt its findings.”

Using data for load management

The Sports Office “load management” module dynamically brings together data held in the Preparation and Sports Science areas of the system. A player/athlete tracker is also at the heart of the load management functionality. This provides an array of user defined options for personalised monitoring, including the ability to see individual and team information. Also included is the capability to monitor both acute and chronic loads and to manage training stress balance.

The module – which also offers a more visually engaging overview of information – will create further improvements in the performance workflow via dedicated areas which display data for staff with specific roles. The ability of The Sports Office online performance management systems to offer instant access to accurate reports, based on load management readings, are also central to the module as is the capability to send “alerts” to staff opting to receive them.

  • You can read more about the development of The Sports Office “load management” module here.
  • Full details of the World Rugby study ‘Managing player load in professional rugby union: a review of current knowledge and practices’,can be found here.

Leading club praise The Sports Office system for elite rugby

Super League club Warrington Wolves has praised The Sports Office’ rugby platform, The Rugby Squad.

The Wolves use the system across their entire rugby operations, including first team and scholarship players. The club consistently competes for major honours. and recently appeared in the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley, with a squad featuring 14 home-grown players. And now a senior member of Warrington’s team management and coaching staff – who is a former Super League player and Ireland international – has underlined the Rugby Squad’s benefits.

“The Rugby Squad is a powerful tool which delivers great benefits to our organisation, across many key areas”, said Head of Rugby Operations, Karl Fitzpatrick.

“The system enhances our ability to monitor training load, manage our performance data and communicate effectively. It has increased the effectiveness and efficiency of our coaching and preparation activities across all grades.”

Karl Fitzpatrick added: “The support we received from The Sports Office Client Management team meant the implementation of the system into our coaching and performance processes was very smooth. The ongoing support they provide also enables us to maximise our use of the platform.”

The Rugby Squad supports many members of the Wolves backroom staff. This includes coaches as well as staff involved in strength and conditioning, sports science, sports medicine, performance analysis and youth development. The system is also used by operations and administration teams and club commercial staff.

Performance Management Software

The Sports Office provides Performance Management Software for many elite sporting organisations.

The system allows staff to quickly and efficiently arrange all team activities, collate all data, monitor and analyse that data and thus allow evidence based decision making on vital performance issues. Reports and information generated within the system are also provided directly to the club’s Board on a regular basis.

The Sports Office provides online performance management systems for elite sport, which offer a range of functionality. The systems support key performance processes including athlete monitoring and training load management, injury prevention, sports science, sports medicine, administration, coaching and sports analytics.

Among the company’s varied client base, are many elite rugby organisations. These include teams in SANZAR’s Super Rugby competition, the Australian NRL and many other Rugby League Super League clubs.