The Sports Office boss receives prison sentence

In a shocking development, The Sports Office co-owner Andy Clarke will be sent to jail this Friday.

Clarke will be put behind bars at Leyland Police station, just a few miles from the company’s Wigan HQ. He will be forced to swap his normal business attire for prison uniform and will be incarcerated in a cell.

But it has emerged he does have hope of a quick release (very quick in fact!). If Andy Clarke is able to pay £10,000 in “bail” he will immediately go free. An urgent public appeal has now been launched to raise the money.

And, in another surprising development, it has also been made clear that all cash raised will actually go to Derian House Children’s Hospice.

This is an amazing facility in Chorley which provides vital care for terminally ill children and young people. The Hospice supports hundreds of families in the local area and across the North-West.

Andy Clarke fundraising for Derian House Children's Hospice

Andy Clarke explained: “I’m sorry to anybody who really does want to see me behind bars but this is actually part of the ‘Go to jail’ for Derian House project.

“It’s an attempt to raise some much-needed funds for this local hospice which provides such amazing support in our community.

“However, I definitely won’t be released from ‘the nick’ until the £10,000 target is reached, so I am appealing to everyone to help raise the money.”

He added:” I know people will already support many important charities but I would ask that everyone is as generous as possible for Derian House.”

If you can help “free” Andy Clarke and help Derian House Children’s Hospice at the same time, please go to this Just Giving page to make a donation.

More about ‘Go to jail’ for Derian House

When people are found guilty of “dastardly” crimes, they are banished to the cells, only to be released once they have raised over £999 in bail money.

All money raised goes directly to Derian House Children’s Hospice. They care for children and young people aged 0-26 years old with life-limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families. Derian House currently supports 350 families from across the North West as well as a further 104 through our Derian at Home community team.

This costs them £4 million per year or £10,800 per day, and they receive less than 10% through statutory funding. They rely on the generosity of the community, and events such as this, to raise the remainder.


The inmates raised a grand total of over £35,000 (including Gift Aid) for Derian House Children’s Hospice. Thank you to all those that donated and continue to support this great cause.

You can read more about the important work done by Derian House here.

Client Visit: Melbourne City FC

The Sports Office’s Senior Client Managers Andy Gorski and Carl Pomfret are currently out in Australia for two weeks of client visits. Andy’s spent the last week checking in with Canberra Raiders, NRL giants. Meanwhile, Carl visited City Football Group’s A-League squad, Melbourne City FC.

Melbourne City:

A three-day visit took place last week for Melbourne City FC, Carl met with each department to go over new functionality and any queries from the staff.

Day One:

Carl gave departmental overviews of the system to superusers to show the full capabilities of the system. They discussed in detail areas which can be optimised across the club, including coaching sessions, player reviews and player progression. Carl also helped the staff to add their own terminology to drive usage across the club, with bespoke terms for their relevant areas of The Football Squad.

Academy Director, Rado Vidosic and Carl discussed in detail the extent of outputs available when using the system and what’s required in terms of input.

The custom report engine allows all users and more importantly senior management quick access to important data when required. These reports can also be set to run automatically and email users as a PDF.

Carl then met with the Sports Science department and went through the latest developments in the module, going over any queries discussed in previous webinars.

Day Two:

A broad range of departments including Coaching, Player Care, Operations and Administration met with Carl on the second day. They went through key areas of usage, various reports, scheduling for players and player development reports.

Day Three:

Carl met with Rado again to go configure development reports and assist the club in gaining the ‘sporting intelligence’ they aim to derive from The Football Squad. He also managed the coaching syllabus in line with the groups overall coaching philosophy.

In the second meeting with Sports Scientist, Ralph Napoli, they went through S&C elements of the system. This included the new Monitoring App, Fitness Testing and custom reports to relay this information.

Last week saw an implementation of The Football Squad for Western Sydney Wanderers.

For more information, contact The Sports Office now.

TSO Attend TGG LIVE: Youth Development Conference

The Sports Office Client Management team recently attended the TGG Live: Youth Development Conference at the AJ Bell Stadium, Salford.

A range of leading practitioners across coaching and youth development discussed many problems faced by coaches and around player development. Along with the methods used to tackle theses issues. 

TGG Live: Youth Development Conference

Kris Van Der Haegen, Director of Coach Education for the Belgian FA gave insight into ‘The Belgian Way’ of coaching and player development. He also explained the different ways to coach each age group across an academy.

Norwich City’s Sporting Director, Stuart Webber also discussed the success and road to promotion this season by creating a development pathway.

The Sports Office performance management systems for elite football provide excellent support for youth development, athlete management and optimising performance.

For more information, contact The Sports Office now.

The Sports Office App Enhanced​

The Sports Office App is enhancing its already extensive functionality for effective athlete management.

Our Development and Client Management teams have analysed user feedback to deliver the improvements. Watch this video to learn more about the App’s latest enhancements in these important areas:

  • Scheduling 
  • Video Tagging
  • Communications 
  • Surveys
  • Documents
  • Social Media Plug-In

 The new features will soon be available. They also include a Newsfeed of the user’s forthcoming events, reviews and videos. You can also read more in the TSO App PDF

The App is available on both iOS and Android and can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play Store.

For more information on The Sports Office App, please contact your Client Manager or get in touch here.

The Sports Office Attend Youth Development Conference

The Sports Office Client Management team recently attended the Premier League‘s Youth Development Conference at Fulham FC’s Craven Cottage.

Client Manager's Dan & Stu at Premier League Youth Development Conference showing The Sports Office Systems & Apps
Dan & Stu demonstrating our excellent performance management services

The team showcased our Performance Management System for elite football to delegates. Additional products and services including The Sports Office App, The Monitoring App and The Manager’s App were also demonstrated.

Client Manager's Carl & Dan at Premier League Youth Development Conference

The Sports Office performance management systems for elite football provide excellent support for youth development, athlete management and optimising performance.

For more information, contact The Sports Office now.

Congratulations to The Sports Office’s elite Football Finalists

As many domestic playing seasons come to a conclusion, The Sports Office is congratulating those of its clients who have recently won trophies and titles in elite football.

The entire top four in the current Premier League’s use ‘The Football Squad’.  Arsenal and Chelsea, the top two teams in the FA Women’s Super League, are also users. 

Football Trophies Won by TSO Clients

Manchester City also dominated the domestic football leagues as they win the Premier League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Community Shield.

Both this season’s Champions League finalists also use our system. Liverpool and Tottenham face each other in the decider in Madrid on 1st June. 

We send our congratulations to all our clients across elite football for their performances this season. If your club would like to benefit from ‘The Football Squad’ contact The Sports Office now.

TSO take on Toronto

The Sports Office Client Managers have recently visited Toronto to meet with a range of existing and prospective clients from elite sport in Canada.

Toronto FC:

Carl Pomfret and Chris Tuson spent three days with long-term client Toronto FC. The meeting focused on the medical and sports science elements of The Soccer Squad, our dedicated performance management system for elite soccer. Sports Science Director, Jim Liston and Head of Strength and Conditioning, Tim Williams represented the MLS outfit.

Toronto staff also provided feedback on aspects of system usage and received a demonstration of the new Monitoring App. The App improves the input of sports science and testing data for both staff and player. The Toronto FC Academy staff plans aim to implement it throughout their structures.

Chris and Carl at Toronto Maple Leafs game

Toronto’s Academy Manager, Anthony Capotosto also discussed setting-up players on the system. This would provide an opportunity for players to take ownership of wellbeing and monitoring data. Along with ways to improve player assessments and 12-week reviews through The Soccer Squad.

Scouts from across the structure met with Carl to run through the system and processes for data entry. He also assisted them by creating various custom reports and ‘How To’ guides for instant remote support.

Carl Pomfret and Chris Tuson also met with other Canadian clients including NHL side Toronto Maple Leafs and new Rugby League team Toronto Wolfpack. Both are users of The Sports Office athlete management systems.

For more information on how we can support your club, contact The Sports Office now.

The Monitoring App

The Monitoring App is live across all The Sports Office Athlete Management Systems. 

It provides support for the sports science department, along with athletes and players within elite sports organisations. 

The App allows users to select their personal profile and input regular testing and monitoring data. 

This data then feeds into the system’s main dashboard to assist sports science staff with a range of performance management and monitoring tasks.

For more information on how your club can benefit from The Monitoring App, contact us now.

What you need to know about Medical Security

The need for medical confidentiality and data security is now greater than ever. The Sports Office electronic medical record system offers the highest levels of reassurance in this area.

Director of Development, Craig Bailey said “We are proud of the standards we have set and in attaining our ISO qualification, along with being HIPPA and PIPEDA compliant.

“Our systems deliver the standards of security demanded by our clients in the world of high-performance sports”

The electronic medical records system also provides access to screening/testing data, medical notes and injury details.

With user-definable dashboards, customisable fields and extensive reporting functionality available, the medical system is an integral part of the solution.

Medical Features on your TSO System:

Medical Pin

Restrict access to users who obtain a medical pin. The designated medical personel such as a Chief Medical Officer has the ability to set up user pins.

Team Assignments

Provide access to specific users so they only have the ability to view the player’s medical information they work with.

Role-based Access

Restrict access across the whole system, to enter the medical functionality, filter this access to role-specific users. Allow Club Doctors and Medical Practitioners different levels of access to data than Physiotherapists/Masseurs.

Medical Availability

Allow general medical data such as fitness/availability to be shared with all/certain staff, but hide any medically sensitive data.

Two-Factor Authentication

The system offers all medical users two-factor authentication, offering an even more secure system. This method will ask users to log in using their system details and then a second method via call or text message.

Full User Change Log

The system stores a date and time stamped log of any changes made against an injury as a means of accountability. This includes any information added or deleted to users notes, medications, treatments, etc.

Medical Reporting

The Sports Office Report Engine for Custom Medical reporting

The systems built-in Report Engine comes with numerous medical reporting templates as well as the ability to build bespoke custom reports and dashboards

Annual Penetration Testing

The Sports Office work with an external security partner to ensure the highest standard of security with annual penetration testing.

Medical information is at the forefront of our performance management systems for elite sport and we take the sensitivity and security of this data with the utmost importance.

Protecting athlete data and ensuring practitioners are accountable for all note keeping is simple when using The Sports Office.

For more information on The Sports Office Medical system, contact us now.

Enhanced Data Sharing with The Sports Office

The Sports Office systems now support Data Sharing across further elements of our Performance Management Solution.

The latest developments allow further data sharing across a hierarchal organisational structure e.g. National and Domestic Team/Club.

Since 2010, seven National Governing Bodies (NGB’s) across three different sports have used our systems to capture and process performance data. They choose us for our ability to transfer data from Club to National level, and back down.

Until now this capability has mostly been used around medical functionality. Now other areas across the system can share data, including scheduling, events and training programmes.

The new functionality allows users to share Player Development Reports or Individual Performance Plans across the organisational structure for live monitoring of each athlete/player. Data from players training and games are recorded on the system to allow seamless reporting. This aids communication between player, club and NGB.

Player Monitoring:

Monitoring players whilst at both club and national level is vital to maintain elite performance. This can range from capturing the player wellness to monitoring their weekly training load.

Training and Match Load are instantly visible to both domestic and national club staff.

Having this information readily available across the structure will ensure players are consistently training to meet their individual player performance plans.

Live Alerting:

Staff across the domestic club can be alerted to any player’s feedback during national camp, along with any performance data recorded and shared through the system.

Standardised Data Sets:

The parent club (NGB) can mandate particular settings on the system to then feedback down to the child club.

Standardising the data sets allows for a game wide unified approach to improving athlete wellness.

Surveys are available on the App to benefit and feedback to both the child and parent club. Completing the survey will alert both teams with up to the minute information.

Across the structure, the system allows you to share coaching programmes and player reviews.

Standardising the data sets will improve benchmark reporting on players, providing insight across the club to national performance.

Data Types:

  • Session Activity Types
  • Game Time
  • GPS Data
  • Wellbeing
  • Monitoring & Testing
  • Video Tags
  • Performance Analysis
  • Individual Performance Plan / Development Report


This enhanced facility to share information across the structure is advantageous for any parent/child club. It will improve communication across the whole organisational structure and aligns the clubs and staff to help achieve their common goals.

Athlete Monitoring is streamlined and staff can manage players overall wellness, performance and load.

In addition, cohesive reporting on athlete performance and wellbeing data is much easier to do. Users can also export reports using all data sets.

A comprehensive 360° view of a player’s training and performance at both their club and the national team is now made easier with The Sports Office.

For more information on The Sports Office Centralised Athlete Management System, contact us now.