Following a period of expansion and successful business development, both in the UK and overseas, The Sports Office is to move its headquarters to the historic Wigan Hall.
The company, which supplies online performance management systems to elite sports organisations throughout the world, will transfer its offices to the site, near Mesnes Park in the town. Wigan Hall was recently purchased from the Diocese of Liverpool and is Grade II Listed. It was designed by celebrated architect George Street, whose work includes the Royal Courts of Justice in London.
The Sports Office will convert the building for use by their development and coding team as well as the client management and administration teams. They have pledged to work closely with all appropriate bodies to ensure any restoration does not damage or detract from the building’s historical significance.
”We have always been proud of Wigan as our home town and we relish this opportunity to restore what is a fascinating building and bring it back into beneficial use”, said Phil Clarke, Director of The Sports Office.
“We appreciate our local history and heritage and we have a strong desire to see Wigan Hall brought back to life in the right way.”
Clarke added: “Although our business is relatively new, we are experiencing healthy levels of growth and we are proud to be able to provide even more employment opportunities for people from the local area.
“We will work closely with the appropriate bodies to ensure our restoration of Wigan Hall does nothing to detract from or damage its historical significance”.
Restoration and conversion work will begin at Wigan Hall in December 2014.
The Sports Office provides online performance management systems, used across elite sport, which offer a range of functionality to support coaching, athlete/player performance, administration, health and wellbeing, recruitment, squad management and a mobile athlete app.
The Sports Office’s dedicated software for elite football is currently used by leading clubs in the Barclay’s Premier League, the Sky Bet Championship, the MLS in the United States and Australia’s A-League, as well as major football governing bodies, including the Scottish FA.
The company also supplies many high-profile organisations in professional rugby including the RFU and various Super League teams, including Wigan Warriors.
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.