Norwegian giants Molde FK choose The Sports Office

The Sports Office has added reigning Norwegian League Champions, Molde FK, to our roster of global football clients.

Molde won the 2019 Eliteserian and are four-time league and Norwegian Cup Champions. They will now use The Sports Office athlete management system for elite soccer.

Client Managers Carl Pomfret and Chris Tuson have visited the club’s Aker Stadion and training ground to deliver a full system implementation across the first team, academy and women’s teams.

Day One:

The Sports Office team met with key management personnel and staff from all departments, within the Molde club.

They were shown an overview of the coaching syllabus, session building, fixtures, and more to provide an in-depth overview of the system.

Sports Science staff including the physiotherapy and strength and conditioning team were guided through the system and shown The Sports Office App and The Monitoring App.

Molde’s Academy and first-team staff were also supported to begin using personalised player development programmes.

Day Two:

The club’s Coaching and Recruitment departments were given a re-cap on their key areas and began using system tools including drill diagrams and The Match Hub.

The first team and academy Medical staff also received a full medical overview and were shown key injury surveillance and reporting functions.

Day Three:

The Molde FK administration team received their overview of the system and focused on scheduling, player management and staff management.

Video and Analysis elements were also demonstrated. These included use of XML files, video uploads and analytics fed from The Sports Office App, to aid player development and review processes.

The Sports Office Key Client Manager Carl Pomfret commented: “Overall the visit went well and we look forward to continuing our work and providing support for the performance team at Molde FK.”

If your club or organisation could benefit from a support day to improve your use of our systems, contact your client manager now.

Also, for more information on The Sports Office Athlete Management System for elite football, get in touch here.

New version of The Sports Office Systems for 2020

A new and improved version (V3) of The Sports Office performance management system will be released in 2020. This will offer a significantly enhanced user experience and provide a range of powerful, new functions. The new version of our system will offer even greater support for all athlete management processes and optimising performance in elite sport.

It will support seamless, collective working for each department in any organisation. The Sports Office V3 will be launched by the Summer of 2020.

Also, new features will be strategically released to enhance The Sports Office App. The App will soon include a newsfeed of the latest notifications for users. A newly created CMS system will allow clubs to share specific personalised content, and much more, to aid communication between club, staff, and users.

The Sports Office team are excited to bring these developments to our clients across all our multi-sport systems. We will keep users informed of the latest updates and enhancements.

Teaser video will soon be released for the first look at V3 of The Sports Office systems.

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The Sports Office receive ISO27001 re-certification

The Sports Office’s excellence in data security and quality management has once again been formally recognised.

Last month, the company achieved ISO 27001 re-certification. The standard was initially awarded in 2016 and the business has recently passed its major, 3 year re-certification audit through UKAS certified British Assessment Bureau.

UKAS ISO 27001 certificate

The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 27001 certification is the globally recognised leading Information Security Standard. It specifies the best security practices and the constant improvement of an organisations Information Security Management System. Certification provides assurance to our customers that the data they store within our systems is secure and our systems have the capability to avoid and mitigate risks.

Craig Bailey, Director of Development stated, “We are really pleased to achieve re-certification on what has become the de-facto standard for Information Security. This certification continues to provide our customers with confidence that their data is protected by processes and technology conforming to best practice security standards.”

The Sports Office have these standards in place to provide the most secure system for athlete management. For more information, please contact us now.

Monitor player workload with new self-reporting feature

The Sports Office new self-reporting feature enables elite sports organisations to track and monitor player workload, in training activities and matches that take place away from the club environment.

This is especially useful for sports academies, development squads and semi-professional clubs. Their players and athletes often engage in training and competition, without direct supervision of a coach. Also, the function enables professional clubs to continue detailed monitoring of players on loan.

Watch this short video to see self-reporting of a training session

Self-reporting also supports military users

Self-reporting is a powerful new feature for military users. For example, training staff have the option to monitor preparatory work done by applicants for specialist courses. They could also track potential recruits with specific training demands.

Sports Office Client Manager Dan Jackson commented: “The new Sports Office self-reporting feature offers users the opportunity to monitor and manage training and competition away from their own environments and facilities.

“Significantly, we believe this will give them even greater scope and capability to improve performance and enhance their player and athlete development processes.”

Players and athletes can quickly input and log matches and competitions that have taken place without the presence of a coach. This includes: details of minutes played, RPE, opposition, surface type, fixture format and positions played. Metrics that can be logged for remote training sessions include: duration, RPE, surface and specific details of activities.

The new self-reporting feature is available to current Sports Office users who have upgraded to access The Player’s App.

e Sports Office new self-reporting feature enables elite sports organisations to track and monitor player workload, in training activities and matches that take place away from the club environment.
Monitor player workload away from the club environment with the new Sports Office self-reporting feature.

The Sports Office

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

Premier League and Italian Serie A teams are among the company’s client base in the world of elite soccer. Also, clients include national governing bodies, sports academies plus elite teams in professional rugby, cricket and many other global sports.

For more information, contact our Client Management team.

  • Watch our interview with Inter Milan’s Roberto Niccolai, click here.

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PMA Coach Engagement Days hosted by Premier League and The Sports Office

A series of engagement days have been staged to support coaches’ use of the Premier League’s Performance Management Application (PMA) and assist all practitioners and clubs to gain the greatest possible benefit and value from the system. 

The PMA:

The PMA is the powerful IT platform which has been developed to support the Premier League’s Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) and help academies to produce more and better homegrown players. 

Coach Engagement Days

Three separate days were staged in the North, the Midlands, and London. Club representatives including coaches, analysts, and fitness trainers attended the event nearest to them. They were also joined by representatives of our partners from EFL. The events were hosted by the Premier League, with education content delivered by The Sports Office team.

The Sports Office designed and built the PMA and provide ongoing support and servicing. Each day was broken-up to different elements which provided excellent insight and guidance for all users.  These included practical ‘how-to’ sessions about: 

  • Coaching Session Management – how the PMA can enhance Planning, Reviewing and Reporting of coaching sessions.
  • Fixture Management 
  • PMA tools to support the Player Review Process  
  • Custom reports – how best to use the PMA to create a wide range of custom reports 

The first event was held in Manchester, with guest speak Gavin Levey providing insight into Aberdeen FC’s Academy and match operations.

The following day Client Managers, Premier League staff and coaches gathered at Villa Park to hear insight and guidance on the system. Joe Lydon, Head of International Talent ID & Development for the Irish Rugby Union discussed his experience with ‘The Rugby Squad’ and on the parent/child relationship Irish Rugby adopts with its provincial teams and clubs. 

 

At the London-based engagement day, Inter Milan’s Head of Academy Roberto Niccolai and Southampton’s Academy Data insight Technician Ben Creswell each made presentations about their use of the system.

In Roberto Niccolai’s case, this related to Inter’s use of an entirely separate but comparable system, The Football Squad, which is also supplied to them by The Sports Office.

Andy Gorski commented, “These collaborative events are a great way for the coaches using the PMA to understand the many options for using and benefitting from the coaching program on the system.”

Support Available:

Excellent and user-friendly support for coaches, analysts, fitness trainers, and sports medicine staff is available from The Sports Office client team, on an ongoing basis. Our client managers can be consulted on the above areas and many other important aspects of maximising usage of the system. 

Get in touch with The Sports Office team now for any support or information on the athlete management systems for elite sport.

Congratulations to our MLS Clients

The MLS season is now over and we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our clients competing in North America’s flagship football League.

Following ‘our teams’ in 2019

The MLS play-offs featured several “TSO derby days”, with our client clubs meeting each other. Toronto FC won the Eastern Conference title. They battled it out against fellow TSO client Atlanta United and defeated them 2-1 in the final.

Toronto then moved on to the MLS Cup where they played Seattle Sounders. Toronto FC previously won the MLS Cup in 2017. On that occasion, they beat the Sounders 2-0, making them the first Canadian club to win this MLS trophy.

Unfortunately, history did not repeat itself this November as Sounders beat Toronto FC 3-1 to lift the trophy.

Our clients Atlanta United also performed well in the Campeones Cup, the annual clash between the MLS champions and Mexico’s Liga MX winners.

A fantastic MLS season has passed and we look forward to continuing our work with our clients and supporting them to optimise Athlete Management in elite football.

The Soccer Squad

Our performance management system for elite football, The Soccer Squad, provides a centralised system to collect, analyse and monitor athlete performance data. Many clubs within the MLS and Australasia’s A-League use The Soccer Squad. Many leading football Academies also use our systems, including every Premier League club, via the Elite Player Performance Plan.

For more information on the systems that support leading teams across the MLS, Premier League, A-League and more, then contact The Sports Office now.

New Benchmarking feature offers a data-driven player comparison

The Sports Office has further enhanced its features which enables users to drive evidence-based, technical and physical improvements in their players and athletes.

This Benchmarking feature is a powerful data analytics function that harnesses the cloud computing nature of our systems. It allows users to compare performance metrics and physical characteristics. This can be within age groups and across a range of other desired categories. 

Comparing player performances can easily be completed in an unlimited number of physical and technical tests. These tests are customizable to benchmark athletes in any required field.

The Sports Office’s Andy Gorski commented: “We believe our benchmarking functionality is unrivaled. It offers elite sports teams and organizations a unique opportunity to gain powerful, game-changing insights.

“It gives them the opportunity to use robust evidence to drive and deliver technical and physical improvements in their players and athletes. We look forward to working with existing and new clients to help them gain the most from this powerful element to our systems.”

How it works:

Data for an Under 18s player could be compared or ‘benchmarked’ against every player that a club holds records for. Significantly, the benchmarking function allows for the normalization of data from various sources. This allows clubs to analyze a player’s testing, physical or performance data against several parameters, including cohort or maturity status.

One possible example of usage would be for a young player to complete a series of annual tests. Several of our current clients already use our growth and maturation measurements to benchmark players. Their results are used to compare to other mature players.

National Governing Bodies using The Sports Office with a ‘Parent/Child’ relationship can hugely benefit from benchmarking results against any other data.

Throughout long-term athlete development, staff can use the Benchmarking process to optimize progress and outcomes. This includes both junior development and performance structures, such as Academies and representative teams. The function can also enhance personalized athlete development plans.

The Benchmarking functionality is available within The Sports Office systems. To find out more about how your organization can benefit from Benchmarking, contact us now.

Improve training sessions and engage athletes more with new Sports Office App functionality

The Sports Office App update includes the latest advancements for players to review Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE).

Coaches when adding sessions, gym workouts or fixtures have the option to include an RPE for players to complete. This is where the player can feedback to staff on how difficult they found the session.

Previously, users would have to complete this on the main site via desktop or mobile site.

But now, within the ‘more’ section of the TSO App, users will find the new RPE overview. Here they will see all various sessions and fixtures with any incomplete RPE’s from today, the last week and ‘older’.

This easy to fill out the RPE questionnaire will then directly feed into the centralised system ready for coaching staff to review. Allowing practitioners to improve overall sessions and fine-tune training programmes to suit the athletes.

Our system options allow users to decide on the duration the RPE’s will remain on the App. For example, any incomplete RPE’s after Two weeks will then be removed from the App.

This quick and easy way to get players to feedback will speed up the process and keep the athlete’s engaged in daily tasks.

Engage your athletes today and set your team up with The Sports Office App.

PRISP continues to monitor England Rugby’s Players as they head back to Premiership

In the aftermath of the World Cup, the English game’s Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project (PRISP) is continuing and will now switch its regular focus to domestic competitions.

PRISP monitors the injury risk of players at Premiership, European and England level. It is underpinned by a powerful information management and medical recording system from The Sports Office. 

The Rugby Squad

The system captures medical and injury data generated by England’s players. This includes major competitions such as the Rugby World Cup, where South Africa defeated them in the final 32-12. The system also operates 365-days a year to monitor players’ training and competing for their clubs. PRISP is the most comprehensive and longest-running injury surveillance study in professional rugby. This project is overseen by Senior Medical personnel.

The Sports Office Head of Client Services, Andy Gorski commented: “PRISP provides the game in England with important data to support the improvement of player welfare and effective medical management.” 

Gorski added: “Our system is a powerful tool which supports rugby’s sports medicine and performance practitioners in this important area. We look forward to working with all the PRISP stakeholders in the future.”

RFU Chief Medical Officer Simon Kemp has previously commented on the Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project. He said: “[PRISP] is an important study that helps us understand injury trends in the professional game in England.”

Other Sports Office clients also featured in the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Ireland and Argentina both use our performance management system for elite rugby. 

The Sports Office

The ‘Rugby Squad’ offers a range of powerful functions for coaching, fitness, video, data analysis, and medical management. Management information and data generated by players is available in real-time to coaching and fitness staff, via The Sports Office App and our Monitoring App.

Many elite rugby organizations throughout the world are among The Sports Office’s varied client base. As well as governing bodies such as the RFU, IRFU and Argentina Rugby Union, teams in the SANZAR Super Rugby competition and the Australian NRL are also users.

The Rugby Squad users also include current Rugby League Super League Champions St Helens and teams in North America’s Major League Rugby. 

  • To learn more about our performance management systems for elite rugby, contact us today.

The Match Hub from TSO

The Match Hub provides significant additional benefits for coaches and analysts in elite football. This new page brings together goal scoring analysis, fixtures and game-time to improve overall workflow and usability. 

 The new functionality means users can drag and drop players onto a new 3D pitch from an enhanced players list. This list now includes details such as positions, appearances and potential game minutes. Users can also apply filters to see players’ individual match minutes.

There is a new ‘opposition rating’ field which is customisable. This allows users to report on how many minutes a player has played against different categories of opposition. For example, how many minutes Player A has played against an opponent, categorised as ‘very easy’.

Match Hub from TSO

Users can also now add a player’s game time, match minutes, position, goals and disciplines from this page. This saves significant time.

A new ‘Match timeline’ incorporates the goal-scoring analysis section of the system within the Match Hub. Users can drop a football icon onto the timeline to highlight goal scoring in the match. This can also be done for bookings and sending-offs, substitutions or positional changes.

All this functionality then feeds data to the Reports Hub, ready for analysis.

For more information on The Match Hub and how it can assist your coaching and analysis team, contact The Sports Office now.