The Sports Office’s Head of Client Services, Andy Gorski, recently travelled to Australia to work with leading National Rugby League club, Canberra Raiders, to deliver a full system implementation. All of the Raiders’ playing groups, including the first team, the Jersey Flegg team plus the Junior and Women’s teams have started to use The Sports Office’s ‘Rugby Squad’ platform for athlete management.
Staff from Coaching, Medicine, Sports Science and Administration departments have all received training. They are delighted with how quickly they have been able to integrate it into their daily workflows.
The five-day on-site implementation was delivered at the Raider’s training facility prior to the start of the pre-season programme. Andy Gorski initially worked closely with the Coaching staff to prepare the system before players returned.
The following two days were spent with the Medical and Strength and Conditioning staff, focusing on pre-season screening and testing. Playing squads were also supported to gain access to their designated areas of the system, to view team schedules and wellbeing data.
Andy Gorski commented “This implementation and set-up for Canberra Raiders was a great success and we believe this aspect of our service is highly beneficial for our clients.
“The Club and Staff were friendly and welcoming and we’re delighted to have Canberra Raiders as one of the latest members of The Sports Office ‘club’.”
During the implementation visit, Andy Gorski also worked closely with Raider’s Performance staff Matt Ford and Wendy Bennett. This ensured all users had an account with a populated schedule and that elements including accurate GPS data points were input to prepare for future data collection.
The Raider’s medical department also received support with the set up for injury surveillance, fitness testing, monitoring and screening in order to be ready for the NRL season. In addition, the bespoke medical dashboard was set up, ready for club-specific injury fields.
All dashboards and reports were configured to ensure player availability was transparent and accurate for Head of Performance, Nigel Ashley-Jones. This functionality allows sports science staff to monitor players’ physical wellness and test results.
The Raiders continued their use of the ‘Rugby Squad’ during a pre-season camp which included an intensive week of training. During this, the system allowed the staff to create the players’ daily schedule and training plans.
The Canberra pre-season programme now continues until the NRL kick-off in March 2019. The Sports Office Client Management team will continue to provide ongoing assistance with the performance management system.
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. In addition, the Raider’s will also be using the system to assist with injury prevention, administration, 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.