Video Analysis & Telestration from The Sports Office

The Sports Office development team have improved the video analysis capability within our athlete management systems. This means users no longer need to upload multiple individual videos for this important aspect of sports performance management.

We now accept XML files from third-party data sources including Opta, STATSport, Sportscode. Players can view footage and watch their tags in real time, to improve learning and personal development.

The enhancements also include a LIVE tagging tool which allows users to view tags in real time for instant analysis, via a ‘Tagging Wizard’. Use tags to highlight in-play moments, and track total player involvement.

Share video content via the Player’s App or via email, text or push notifications. Players will be able to comment both on the videos and the specified tags.

Telestration to boost video analysis:

One of the most exciting additional video analysis features to come from The Sports Office is the new ‘Telestration’ tool, and video annotation toolkit. Analysts can pause footage and annotate the screen with feedback for players and in-game video analysis. It is understood this function is not currently available from any other provider and these advanced capabilities are set to improve the communication of match analysis between staff and players.

Create and store tags within the system that provide the data to generate reports from the ‘Analytics Engine’. Also, generate data on player engagement with video footage including views, hits and viewing duration. This ‘Report Engine’ functionality will aid the objective analysis of player usage.

Further developments are underway for the video analysis functionality including video playlists, dashboard searches and multiple viewing angles.

For more information view the ‘Video Analysis’ PDF or contact us with any questions.

Sporting Director convention at Manchester Metropolitan University

Masters in Sports Directorship Convention

A team from The Sports Office have attended a high-profile networking and education event for leaders in elite sport. The Masters in Sports Directorship Convention was staged at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Business School.

Sports Office staff were among delegates from more than 250 global sports organisations. Client Manager Chris Tuson, Business Development Manager Sean Pike and Marketing Coordinator Lori Scriven showcased the company’s range of performance management systems for elite sport, including the new Manager’s App. The event also included seminars, a keynote speaker and discussion panels focusing on the role of the elite sporting director.

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Sean Pike and Chris Tuson at TSO stall

Business Development Manager Sean Pike commented: “The event was a great success and we would like to thank all the Manchester Metropolitan University staff and all guest speakers.

“It was fascinating to discuss issues around performance management systems for elite sport and performance analysis. We look forward to continuing our dialogue with the many people we met.”

Challenge Culture:

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Nigel Travis, Leyton Orient & Dunkin Donuts Chairman discussing challenge culture in Business and Sport

The event’s keynote speaker was Leyton Orient owner and Dunkin Donuts chairman Nigel Travis. His presentation focussed on successful cultures and leadership and in elite sport. The Sports Office team also attended a ‘Winning with Analytics’ seminar, hosted by former Chelsea FC statistics and analysis expert Garry Gelade.

To learn more about The Sports Office systems, please contact our Client Management Team.

Player Development, Recovery and Video improvements to The Sports Office systems

Following a robust development and testing process, The Sports Office has released the latest series of updates and enhancements to our Athlete Management Systems to improve player development.

As part of the quarterly release strategy,  both system and bespoke developments have been delivered,  focusing on target player development and recovery. All of these will enhance key functions including athlete data management, athlete monitoring, training load management and sports medicine management.

With updates including the Tokenisation of the site LIVE, we now offer the system fully translated into Italian and other languages on request.

Our roadmap has taken developments through medical enhancements, designed to provide clarity for player injury data, sensitive medical information and the actions required to improve player recovery. In addition to these developments, extensive video enhancements and scouting updates have been made to ease the player recruitment process.

Medical Updates:

Cardiac Screening

This development allows medical staff to be fully aware of the players’ Cardiac Screen within our Screening & Assessment Reports.

An icon will display on the Medical Team Status page to clearly identify whether a cardiac screen has been completed and what further action, if any, is needed.

TSO Cardiac Alerts & Notes for player development

Cardiac Alerts & Notes

Medical Alerts

Medical staff can now create different alerts for any actions that have taken place in the Medical Department. Alert users by email, text or real-time notifications if an injury has been added, edited or deleted to the system.

With the new functionality, you can configure bespoke alerts for specific injuries and/or departments. Alert particular medical staff for particular injuries (e.g. head injuries) which are among common use cases.

General Health & Player Medical Dashboard Update:

The player medical dashboard has had both aesthetic and accessibility improvements made under this development. Most notably the addition of the new feature ‘General Health’ to make complete player medical information more accessible to practitioners.

A new range of features including the ability to update and review Allergies/Intolerances and Medical Alerts. These additions are alongside player Medical History and Ongoing Medications.

Recruitment Enhancements:

Target Player Spider Chart:

Scouting staff can now improve player recruitment with target player spider charts. View spider charts averaging player performance statistics from each field of the report. Filter and aggregate this data in numerous ways for maximising recruitment efficiency.

Spider Chart Recruitment

Recruitment Spider Chart Summary

Number of Reports:

Searching for target player development reports has been simplified with TSO, users can now view the number of reports a player has had completed against them. With a broader range of filtering options now available, player information is more accessible and refined.

Hide Recommendation Tick:

The latest developments for player recruitment allow users to hide recommendation indicators of a scouting report. This functionality gives scouting staff greater flexibility for building target assessment reports.

If you wish to know more about these latest updates, please contact our Client Services Team.

The Sports Office Performance Management Systems enhance player welfare in elite rugby

Player Welfare & Safety Programme:

The Sports Office has enhanced its work with the RFU and Premier Rugby to support their world-renowned player welfare and safety programme in elite rugby.

Prior to the current season, the Sports Office Client Management team visited every Gallagher Premiership club. They met with medical staff to share best practice in injury surveillance and medical monitoring; when using the company’s rugby-specific performance management system, The Rugby Squad. They also offered additional advice about using the system for many other aspects of performance, preparation and athlete monitoring.

The team met with new members of staff at each club.  A written Practitioner Guide and a series of guidance videos have also been produced. These show how best to use The Rugby Squad systems in this specific injury surveillance area.

They will also ensure new staff are able to support all processes within the Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project.

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RFU, Premier Rugby & TSO

Andy Gorski, Head of Client Services at The Sports Office, commented: “Our visits to clubs in the Gallagher Premiership provided a fantastic opportunity to contribute more to this important injury surveillance and player welfare programme.

“It was the first time the Sports Office client team met with club medical staff. Which proven to be a beneficial experience for everyone. We were able to offer additional support on the best use of our systems for additional performance management activity.”

Gorski added: ”The Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project provides the sport with important data that can help improve standards of player welfare and medical management. We continue to work with our clients at the RFU and Premier Rugby to offer them the support they require to maintain and enhance this crucial initiative.”

Rugby Injury Surveillance Project:

The long-term Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project has been possible due to the bespoke performance management system, developed by The Sports Office. The study is set to improve professional player welfare and is the most comprehensive of its type.

The Sports Office worked with senior medical staff at the RFU to develop a system which allows sports medicine and coaching personnel at clubs and national teams to easily input an extensive range of medical and performance data. The system then supports extensive analysis of this. This includes sharing management information, the creation of detailed medical reports and baseline data to identify patterns and trends in injuries, via comparison with previous seasons.

The RFU, Premier Rugby and the Rugby Players Association originally commissioned the Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance project in 2002 as joint creation. It monitors player injury risk in Premiership, European club and international competition, as well as in training.

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. Also, injury prevention, sports science,  sports medicine, administration, coaching and sports analytics.

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

The Manager’s App Latest Update:

The Manager’s App design has been curated to support top-level executives and management. The App provides immediate touch access to the key performance data and critical management information, presenting data of the most relevance. Decision making is more informed and communication is faster.

The Manager’s App is compatible with iOS devices and can be found in the native app store.

Contact The Sports Office here, for more information on our systems including The Sports Office App.

TSO TOUR #2 – Japan

Yokohama, Japan:

A recent trip to Japan saw Carl Pomfret and Stuart Jones spend 5 days with staff at Yokohama F. Marinos. As part of the City Football Group, it was a continuation of the roll-out of The Football Squad. Other clubs within the group to benefit from the system include Manchester City, Melbourne City, and New York City FC.

As part of this full system roll-out, the Client Managers spent time with Sporting Director, Isac Doru. Along with other key personnel within each department. The training sessions delivered on The Football Squad were to aid their performance data management.

Isac commented, “I would like to thank The Sports Office staff for creating this beautiful pearl for football modern management.”

Carl, Isac, & Stuart watching Yokohama F Marinos

The Client Managers were fortunate enough to attend a Yokohama F. Marinos vs. Vegalta Sendai game. Also, they had an exclusive tour around the Nissan Stadium, home of the 2002 World Cup Final.

Following this, the trip took them to the heart of Tokyo, where Carl and Stuart went to meet and visit the Japanese FA at their Headquarters, There were initial introductions made with hopes to introduce the system across the organisation.

Stuart Jones stated, “The trip itself was a very interesting experience, it was amazing to see a completely different culture. I’ll never forget the pufferfish I tried in Tokyo.”

Stuart & Carl experiencing a traditional Japanese meal

Club visits and system implementations are all part of the life at The Sports Office. We offer club assistance through our support desk and visits when required. Read the first TSO Tour here, for more insight into The Sports Office operations.

So, to learn more about the software, or to see if The Sports Office systems are what your club needs, then contact us to discuss how you too can maximise your organisations potential.

Automatic language translation introduced to Sports Office performance management systems

Automatic language translation is now available within all Sports Office performance management systems for elite sport.

The new feature uses the computer programming process known as tokenisation to ensure the accuracy and speed of all translation. It is accessible in Sports Office desktop systems and mobile Apps.

The Sports Office will be introducing English to Italian as the first translation. English to Spanish will also be available in due course. Other languages are available upon request. The Sports Office Client Management team are also undertaking additional language training, to help users to gain maximum benefit from the new functionality and support implementation.

Craig Bailey, Sports Office Development Director said: “We believe this new automatic translation feature will be invaluable in elite football, and many other high-performance sports. It will allow colleagues of different nationalities to work together more efficiently.

“Our systems are now more accessible to diverse groups of coaches and practitioners with different first languages. The new feature will assist them to optimise collaborative working and enhance their collective efforts to deliver excellence.”

Craig Bailey added: “We have already received a number of enquiries about translations to a range of languages including Japanese. We will also continue to consult with current and potential clients to understand their needs.”

The development of the new automatic language translation update went underway following discussions between Sports Office Client Managers and Serie A and UEFA Champions League giants, Inter Milan. The nature of the tokenisation process means that new performance and sports science-related terms can be quickly uploaded to mirror the natural evolution of any language and the lexicon of elite sport.

Contact us today to arrange a webinar demonstration of our performance management systems.


TSO Tour #1 – Toronto & New York City

Intuitive software is only half of what The Sports Office provides to the World’s Best Sporting Organisations. It is our exceptional service that has enabled our clients to quickly implement and learn how to gain maximum benefit from the performance management software.

A dedicated team of Client Managers are the main point of call for all queries. They take great pride in demonstrating each and every feature developed over the last decade. Some of this support is completed remotely, but the TSO Client Managers also love to ‘go on tour’ and visit their clients around the world from time to time.

A recent 10-day trip sent Carl Pomfret and Chris Tuson, Client Managers across the ‘Pond’, firstly to Toronto, Canada and then into the USA.

Toronto, Canada:

Chris and Carl flew out to Toronto, where they spent the first five days of the trip with two existing Sports Office Clients, Toronto FC and Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto FC has been using the system for 4 years now, and the Maple Leafs have completed 3 full seasons maximising their use of The Sports Office software. So, the Client Managers spent their time on this trip to re-educate the clubs on various aspects of the system.

Carl and Chris at Toronto FC Academy & Training Ground

Toronto FC approach performance optimisation through one system for the entire club. This helps them to mirror essential data collection and report generation across the first team, also within their USL and the Academy programme.

Each department was shown new elements to allow them to gain maximum benefit from The Sports Office systems. Moreover, on this visit Client Manager’s demonstrated 10 new reports for Toronto FC to improve their outputs from the system.

Carl spent some time with Toronto Maple Leaf’s Human Performance department, where they got to explore some principal elements of reporting and analysis. They got to analyse fundamental data over the last season and had a look at ‘crunching’ this with previous data, to look for patterns and trends.

Toronto Maple Leaf’s Training Facilities

Using the highly sophisticated ‘Report Engine’ and automated reporting capabilities. The Sports Office are able to deliver real-time reports to key staff.

New developments from The Sports Office have also sparked interest across Toronto and Canadian Elite Sport. The Client Managers are currently answering these enquires and are demonstrating the software to prospective clients.

New York City, USA:

Following their time in Canada, Chris and Carl flew over to New York.  They too were accompanied by Managing Director, Andy Clarke on their visit to New York City FC, part of City Football Group. The Client Managers got to go to the Academy at the new training facility, Orangeburg.

This visit, in particular, was a 3-day full configuration of the Football Squad system for the Academy. Chris, Carl and Andy spent time with each department as they introduced the system to staff and key personnel. They demonstrated how easily they can incorporate the system into their daily workflow.

Also, departmental and player profile data was input into the system. This starts the collection of performance data under one centralised hub.

New York City FC vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 2-2


NYC FC were also kind enough to invite the team to the Delta Sky 360* Suite in the Yankee Stadium. Here, they got to see NYC FC vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The final result was a 2-2, with New York goals from Jesús Medina and Valentín Castellanos.

The Sports Office Client Management team are willing to go the extra mile for your club and squad. To maximise you clubs potential with The Sports Office, contact our Client Management Team to arrange a visit.


New video features are ‘game-changers’ for analysts and coaches

The Sports Office staff have been radically enhancing the systems use of video for performance analysis and coaching. A series of new features will maximise player/athlete engagement and personal development.

The enhancements mean videos, with added visuals and notes, can be quickly and effectively generated to create high-impact learning resources.

“We believe these enhancements will be game-changing for the use of video in high-performance sport”, commented Chris Tuson, from The Sports Office.

“These updates now offer coaches and analysts many new features which will significantly augment their work and mean their players and athletes experience is hugely enriched.”

More details of the updates are as follows:

Video tagging wizard

Users can now tag videos as they view footage in real time, for instant analysis. Easily create tags for highlights and crucial moments. Also, quickly generate metrics including total player involvement. The tagging wizard offers the option to upload multiple tagging files against videos. This allows both staff and players to use third-party data such as OPTA, STATSport, Sportscode. Tags can be seen while viewing footage in real time.

Video tagging report

As video tags are created they become metrics in the system’s analytics engine. This means reports can be generated to provide both holistic and more granular performance summaries.

Video drawing/annotation tool

It is now possible to add text and other visual annotations to pinpoint key moments in videos and gain the most from the analysis process. A toolkit of options makes it easy to add both text and symbols. It is also possible to overlay annotations on LIVE video content for rapid performance analysis.

Video analytics

This is a multi-faceted update. To enhance player/athlete engagement, performance data can be added and visualized alongside video content. Also, precisely measure and analyse video engagement. This allows staff to monitor player’s usage in great detail. This includes the number and duration of video views. Also, analyse trends in video content including total hits.

All these latest video enhancements utilise the power of cloud computing offered by The Sports Office systems. This ensures a smooth and streamlined user experience. The enhancements will also complement the new Player’s App.

This native app integrates with Sports Office performance management systems and third-party social media platforms. It provides a comprehensive range of personalised support and creates a powerful link between club and player.

Further updates to video functionality in Sports Office systems are planned to include the creation of playlists, clipping, dashboard searches and further tagging options. Other features including multiple viewing angles and commentary on uploads are also being developed.

For more information or additional training on these new features, please contact The Sports Office Client Management team.


Case Study: Reading FC

Client:              Reading FC

Will Oldham, Reading FC Academy Development Manager, commented: “I would recommend The Sports Office’s services to any organisation looking to bring a variety of different data sources into a single, usable platform.

“Customer support provided by The Sports Office Client Managers has been excellent. A genuine and beneficial working relationship for all parties has been formed.”

The Academy performance management system is deployed across a football club’s departments to support coaching, administration, sports medicine and a range of other operations.

Reading FC have been using the system for a number of years and report that is has enhanced many aspects of their Academy operations. This includes coaching, sports science, administration and also operational activities. The system has become a regular element of academy programmes at many football clubs and has consistently received a favourable response from players/parents.


  • Consolidation and triangulation of a variety of data sources.
  • Excellent customer support from Sports Office Client Managers.
  • Multi-disciplinary reports bring a range of data sources from multiple departments.
  • Academy coaches report more effective decision making around player development.

The Sports Office provide league-wide solutions to major sporting organisations and NGB’s. Some partners include The Premier League and The FA, also a number of MLS teams to name a few. To learn more about The Sports Office performance management solutions, contact us today.