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.

Congratulation to St Helens – Super League Champions.

The Sports Office would like to congratulate one of our oldest rugby clients, St Helens, on their performance this season. After a five-year wait, they are Super League Champions once again.

Saints defeated Salford Red Devils 23-6 in the Grand Final at Old Trafford. They produced a dominant display to secure the Super League trophy.

Champions – Sports Office client’s St Helens life the Super League Trophy.

Saints’ players not involved with international teams will now enjoy a break before starting pre-season training for the 2020 Super League campaign.

Many elite rugby organisations throughout the world are among The Sports Office’s varied client base. As well as governing bodies such as the RFU, the Irish Rugby Union and Argentina Rugby Union, teams in the SANZAR Super Rugby competition and the Australian NRL are also users.  The Rugby Squad users also include clubs in the UK’s Rugby League Super League and teams in North America’s Major League Rugby.

To find out more about our athlete management system for elite rugby, used by champion clubs like St Helens, contact us now.

Congratulations to Canberra Raiders on the 2019 NRL season

The Sports Office team sends its congratulations to Canberra Raiders, who capped a fine season in Australia’s NRL with an appearance in last weekend’s Grand Final.

Unfortunately, the Raiders were defeated 14-8 by Sydney Roosters in the showpiece event, despite a brave and committed display. But they qualified for the NRL title-decider thanks to much improved performances throughout the year.

In 2018, Canberra began using The Sports Office athlete management system for elite rugby. At the time, Head of Client Services, Andy Gorski, travelled to the Australian capital to deliver a full system implementation. All Raiders’ teams, including the first-grade side, the Jersey Flegg team plus the Junior and Women’s teams use our ‘Rugby Squad’ platform.

The Raiders benefit from the system’s range of powerful functions to support coaching, sports medicine, sports science and sports administration at elite level. They have also used the system to assist with injury prevention and sports analytics.

Andy Gorski commented: “We have followed the progress of Canberra Raiders this season with great interest and we congratulate them on their achievement of reaching the NRL Grand Final.

“We look forward to continuing our work with them. Supporting their use of our Rugby Squad system so they gain even more from it and optimise all aspects of performance and preparation.”

Many elite rugby organisations throughout the world are among The Sports Office’s varied client base. As well as governing bodies such as the RFU, the Irish Rugby Union and Argentina Rugby Union, teams in the SANZAR Super Rugby competition and the Australian NRL are also users.  The Rugby Squad users also include clubs in the UK’s Rugby League Super League and teams in North America’s Major League Rugby.

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

The Sports Office Systems Support RFU Injury Surveillance project (PRISP) during Rugby World Cup

Injury and medical data generated by England’s players during the current Rugby World Cup tournament is being captured by The Sports Office system used in the Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project (PRISP).  

England has made a successful start to the tournament. They won their first three games against Tonga, the U.S.A and Argentina and play their final group match against France this Saturday (12th October).

Source: EngalndRugby

PRISP

The PRISP is the most comprehensive and longest-running injury surveillance study in professional rugby. It monitors injury risk of players at Premiership, European and England level. The project is lead by RFU Chief Medical Officer Simon Kemp.  

The study is intended to improve professional player welfare. The project was first commissioned in 2002 and was jointly created by the RFU, Premier Rugby and the Rugby Players Association. 

The Sports Office worked with senior medical staff at the RFU to design and develop a powerful system. It allows sports medicine and performance personnel at participating clubs and England teams to easily input an extensive range of medical and performance data. Information can be shared quickly and easily through the system so that coaches, directors of rugby and other key staff can receive vital data. The system also generates baselines and create comprehensive reports. This allows users to identify patterns and trends of injuries via comparison with previous seasons.

The Rugby Squad across the world

The Sports Office performance management system for elite rugby is also in use during the Rugby World Cup by Ireland and Argentina. Both nations have recently adopted the system which offers elite teams a range of powerful functions. Management information and data generated by the Ireland and Argentina squads will be readily available, and accessible in real-time. The respective coaching and fitness staff can input and view this via The Sports Office App and our Monitoring App. Our systems also support coaching, fitness, video, data analysis and medical management.   

Many elite rugby organisations throughout the world are among The Sports Office’s varied client base. As well as governing bodies such as the RFU, the Irish Rugby Union and Argentina Rugby Union, teams in the SANZAR Super Rugby competition and the Australian NRL are also users. The Rugby Squad users also include clubs in the UK’s Rugby League Super League and teams in North America’s Major League Rugby.

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

The Sports Office attend International Broadcasting Convention 2019

The Sports Office’s Director of Development, Craig Bailey has attended the 2019 International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam. He was able to gain insights for improving the video analysis functions within our athlete management systems.

The event attracted over 400 delegates. Craig met with representatives of Microsoft to discuss the company’s latest advancements. He met with video analysis specialists Kaltoura to understand their future developments. There he was also able to view groundbreaking technologies, including 8K video and OTT streaming.

8K image

Craig Bailey commented: “The International Broadcasting Convention is an important event. We regularly attend it, in order to ensure the video functionality within our athlete management systems are fully optimised and use the latest advancements in video technology.”

The video analysis module within The Sports Office systems accepts XML files from third-party data sources including Opta, STATSport and Sportscode. Players and athletes can view footage and watch tagged sequences in real-time, to improve learning and personal development.

IBC Convention

Another key feature is the video annotation toolkit. Analysts can pause footage and annotate the screen with feedback for players and in-game video analysis.

The Sports Office development team will continue to enhance these game-changing video features. Alongside other areas of our systems including medical, sports science and coaching.

To find out more about our Performance Management System for elite sport, contact us now.

The Sports Office supports Tier 1 teams in Rugby World Cup

The Sports Office clients England, Ireland and Argentina are finalising their preparations for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.   

Our performance management system for elite rugby is used by both Argentina and Ireland. Medical and injury data generated by England’s players during the tournament will be also captured by The Sports Office system used in the Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project (PRISP).  

The performance management system will provide Ireland and Argentina with a range of powerful functions. Management information and data generated by each squad will be available, and readily accessible in real-time, to the respective coaching and fitness staff, via The Sports Office App and our Monitoring App. Our systems also support coaching, fitness, video, data analysis and medical management in elite rugby.   

The PRISP is the most comprehensive and longest-running injury surveillance study in professional rugby. It monitors the injury risk of players at Premiership, European and England level. The project is lead by RFU Chief Medical Officer Simon Kemp.   

Performance management systems for elite rugby.
The Irish Rugby Union use The Sports Office performance management system for elite rugby.
Photo Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

The Sports Office Head of Client Services, Andy Gorski commented: “We are delighted that our systems will be supporting three Tier 1 nations during the 2019 Rugby World Cup.  We would like to wish each of them the very best for what will be a hugely competitive tournament.”

Gorski added: “We believe our performance management systems for elite rugby offer unrivalled support to any team or governing body seeking to attain world-class levels of performance. Our elite rugby client base continues to expand across the world.”   

Sports Office client managers present our performance management system for elite rugby to UAR staff.
Sports Office client managers work with U.A.R. staff to implement our performance management system for elite rugby.

Ireland recently completed their Rugby World Cup warm-up games with a 19-10 victory over Wales in Dublin. That win means they currently rank as the number one nation on the planet. Argentina completed a 74-0 victory over leading Australian club side Randwick in Sydney as part of their tournament build-up. And England have already landed in Japan and are holding a final training camp in Miyazaki. 

The 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks-off on Friday 20th September when host nation Japan face Russia. Argentina play France on day two. Ireland begin their campaign 24-hours later against Scotland and England face Tonga later on the same day. 

Many elite rugby organisations throughout the world are among The Sports Office’s varied client base. As well as governing bodies such as the RFU and Argentina Rugby Union, teams in the SANZAR Super Rugby competition and the Australian NRL are also users.  The Rugby Squad users also include clubs in the UK’s Rugby League Super League and teams in North America’s Major League Rugby.

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

Read about our work to support injury prevention in elite rugby here.

Read about our work with a leading NRL club here.

Enhanced notifications and alert options for system users

Following an update, users can now create alerts for any performance or monitoring metric within The Sports Office’s Athlete Management system. These include a wide range of player performance indicators, personal goals and milestones.

This latest feature is one of many new enhancements now available. The new functionality will benefit all staff and departments within an elite sporting organisation; including coaches, sports medicine, financial and performance staff. 

This development also benefits Senior Management as they receive automated triggers when the players reach their milestones.

For example, when a player reaches a target number of first-team appearances in a particular competition, the appropriate system users will receive an alert.

These may include a notification to administration/finance staff which triggers a bonus payment. Alternatively, the coaching staff may receive a reminder. This is to enhance their communication and feedback process with the player concerned.

Other alerts which may be set in the system include medical and rehabilitation milestones and medication management. It is also possible to create alerts for any metric on the system.

For more information on the latest release, or about our Athlete Management Systems, contact us now.

Latest updates to TSO Athlete Management Systems

The latest deployment of new features and functionality is LIVE across The Sports Office Athlete Management Systems. 

A variety of enhancements have been developed which benefit all aspects of performance management in elite sport. These include overall system enhancements and improvements to medical, administration, reporting and coaching functionality.

Medical Enhancements

The Electronic Medical Record system has seen various enhancements to improve overall record-keeping related to medications and vaccinations.

Users can now easily add medication and supplements to the decimal point from the main medical status page.

The ability to add medications or vaccinations to multiple players at once is also now available to medical users. 

Finally, a number of developments around to enhance the medical review process are live. Reporting across all prescribed medications, vaccinations and nutritional supplements for players is now available.

Financial and Performance Alerting

One of the most exciting developments this quarter enables users to create alerts for any metric within the system. 

Although medical alerts have been available for some time, staff users can now set up alerts for players’ performance indicators, goals or milestones. Financial recognition and contractual bonuses are among uses for the alerts.

For example, if a player reaches a set number of appearances in a particular competition, an alert will be sent. This will then alert admin to payout that bonus for reaching the milestone.

Match Hub 

This is a highly significant development and new feature which brings together three elements of coaching functionality.

These are team selection, game time and fixtures. There are also enhancements to other processes such as video, gym sessions and analysis.

With additional new features on the team selection page such as number of appearances, players game time and average player grade over the season it now provides greater information.

There is also a new “opposition category” field, where each club can customise the content for the options included in here.

The Match Hub is an essential tool for coaching and analysis staff to improve overall workflow and usability.  

Relative Age Effect Report

This new feature provides increased support to deal with this important aspect of player development. A new built-in report covering recruitment, retention and development of players within an Academy is now available. This highlights the number and percentage of players born in different quarters.

Squad Dashboard Tab

A new tabular view of the Squad Register highlights players’ medical status and fitness testing results. This allows users to easily compare players. 

TSO Squad Register Tabular View

Tokenisation Enhancements

Our Athlete Management Systems are currently available in Italian, Spanish and Russian. With options to translate into other languages can be discussed with our client management team. Further improvements to email templates for users are now complete to enhance usability.

For more information on the latest updates from The Sports Office or to arrange a demo, contact us now. 

Atlanta United Campeones Cup Champions!

The Campeones Cup

Atlanta United – a client of The Sports Office – have won the 2019 Campeones Cup

The Campeones Cup is an annual clash between the Champions of the MLS and Mexico’s Liga MX. It is one of North American soccer’s most prestigious prizes. The match saw Atlanta defeat Club Americas 3-2 in the fixture last Thursday. 

The two title winners from each league play each other for the Campeones Title. The Cup began in 2018 with the partnership of the MLS and LMX, it is an opportunity to showcase and heighten the rivalry of North America’s top two soccer leagues.

Atlanta United & The Sports Office:

Atlanta United have been long-term users of The Soccer Squad – The Sports Office’s performance management system for elite football. Last season, we spoke to Atlanta’s Head of Technical Recruitment, Lucy Rushton. She told us about her experiences with The Soccer Squad. 

“The improvement in our data management has allowed us to identify patterns and trends in our performances and coaching.”

She added: “We’ve been using the system for about a year and a half now, and the longer we go on, the more benefit we gain.”

Read the full case study here.

Atlanta United and Club America in Campeones Cup

Last season, Atlanta United won the MLS title and they are enjoying a highly successful 2019 season. They currently lead the MLS Eastern Conference and beat Portland Timbers 2-0 last weekend.

Atlanta United have another chance to win silverware soon. They take on Minnesota United in the US Open Cup FinalWednesday 28th August 1am (GMT) at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.

For more information on The Sports Office’s Athlete Management Systems, contact us now.

Client Manager rides to Wembley for charity

Sports Office’ Client Manager Chris Tuson is facing a gruelling, five-day charity bike ride to the capital, as part of ‘Rugby League Cares Ride 2 Wembley‘ challenge.

The 340-mile trip will be completed over a series of daily stages, which vary between 50 and 90 miles. The ride is to raise funds for the Rugby League Cares charity. It supports past and present players with health and wellbeing and contributes to the game’s heritage and culture projects.

Above: Former Super League stars including Robbie Paul and Keith Senior are also involved in the Ride 2 Wembley.

The journey to Wembley begins on Monday 19th August and ends four days later, on the eve of the Challenge Cup Final. A group of 25 riders will depart from Rugby League’s northern heartlands on their epic off-road journey. They will face some of the UK’s toughest terrain, heading south on forest trails, canal towpaths, green lanes and by-ways.

And former Super League player Chris has revealed how he was motivated to become involved, after the charity supported him when his career with Wigan Warriors and Hull FC finished.

He said: “ Rugby League Cares has been great in helping me set-up my life after professional sport. They helped with medical treatments, education and my professional development over the years. I am delighted to be part of the 2019 Ride 2 Wembley’ challenge.”

Riders taking part aim to complete their challenge at the Rugby League Legends statue at Wembley Stadium on Friday afternoon. Just in time to rest up before the 2019 Rugby League Challenge Cup Final.

You can follow Chris Tuson’s Journey to Wembley and donate to Rugby League Cares by clicking here.