Leading Sports Science and Technology Company Partners with Premier League to develop advanced operating system supporting the holistic development of athletes and transformation of player pathways
All Premier League club academies will soon implement ‘The Football Intelligence Platform’ designed and provided by Kitman Labs. The advanced sports technology and science company will provide each of the 20 Premier League clubs with a youth football academy, a proprietary, centralized and fully integrated ‘Football Intelligence Platform’ designed to aggregate and mobilize player and staff data across coaching, medical, sports science, operations, player care and education. The Sports Techie community blog hopes this news reaches Premier League fans watching in 900 million homes across 189 countries interested in this breaking story out of London, England and Menlo Park, CA. The UK based professional soccer league produces some of the most competitive and compelling football in the world. By installing Kitman Labs’ sports tech and analytics solution that is setting the industry standard for how elite sports organizations use data, the new partnership with the Premier League sets up their clubs to aggregate and mobilize player and staff data across coaching, medical, sports science, operations, player care and education.
Stephen Smith, Kitman Labs Founder & CEO, said, “Data’s value can only be realized when it’s consistent, accurate, pervasive and directly aligned with the fundamental operating and performance objectives of the league or club.”
Data Rich Platform
Data for academy players will be centralized in one platform aimed to provide participants and coaching staff with a comprehensive, unified and real-time view of players’ medical, performance, training and development profiles.
The unique platform gives academies data accuracy and the ability to conduct advanced analytics at a league, club, or player level. Staff will manage player pathways through performance benchmarking and personalized development plans, in addition to providing tools, reporting, insights and actionable data to achieve specific operating and performance outcomes.
Tony Scholes, Chief Football Officer at the Premier League, said,“This partnership represents a significant development in how clubs and the Premier League can use data to support elite player development and personal growth across all club academies. Through this first-of-its-kind strategic partnership, we and our clubs will have access to world-leading technology and support, equipping us with the tools and knowledge to help the development of players.”
The Football Intelligence Platform, will be supported by dedicated staff and a player app (iOS and Android), to support the need for frequent and instant access to player data on the pitch, in the training room and on the go.
Smith added, “The Football Intelligence Platform has been developed to aggregate and leverage all data sources in a single platform to ultimately drive collaboration across the organization(s), eliminate information silos and provide actionable intelligence. That intelligence will be used specifically to systemize talent development and player pathways as well as support and validate data-led decision-making related to coaching methodology, best practices and policies.”
Meets EPPP Goals
The goal of the Premier League’s Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) is to not only enhance the pipeline of homegrown talent for the professional game but also to ensure academies provide life-enriching experiences for all players, empowering them to fulfill their potential on and off the pitch. The Football Intelligence Platform will also provide clubs with the ability to track and support players’ progress in their social, educational and cognitive development and will help serve as a holistic record for each player.
Scholes added, “The EPPP aims to create unrivalled development environments where every young person is supported to maximize their potential on and off the pitch. Innovation and insights are key elements of this work, to ensure we are informed and evidence-led in our decision making.”
Kitman Labs Info
Kitman Labs is the world’s leading sports science and performance intelligence company.
Kitman Labs has an established track record of working with top governing bodies, leagues, teams and athletes across a variety of sports, including soccer/global football, basketball, rugby, and American football. The company’s technology has been used by leagues and teams in some of the world’s most elite sports organizations and universities including the NFL, NBA, MLS, NWSL and NCAA.
This partnership with the Premier League follows other recent business strategy moves Kitman Labs has undertaken including the successful acquisition of The Sports Office (TSO) and Presagia Sports, both made in the last two years. The combined companies represent the industry’s largest network of elite and youth organizations (1000+) and created the industry’s largest dataset of talent, performance, and medical data for all stages of the athlete lifecycle.
Kitman Labs powers iP: The Intelligence Platform, the advanced operating system used by the largest and most innovative leagues, teams and regulatory bodies in elite Sport. Our software solutions – Performance Medicine, Performance Optimisation, Coaching & Development and League Operations – have been designed to optimize human performance; enhance overall health, wellness and longevity; reduce injury risk; and drive operational efficiencies and value.
Kitman Labs is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices in Dublin and Manchester.
For more information on Kitman Labs, visit www.kitmanlabs.com.
Sports Techie, today’s announcement comes on the heels of NWSL teams implementing Kitman Labs Performance Medicine Solution powered By iP – Intelligence Platform.
Kitman Labs also implemented their SaaS Intelligence Platform for the Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew in the MLS as well as FC Lugano of the Swiss Super League and Danish Superliga Club FC Midtjylland, earlier this year.
Soon, Premier League academies will be powered by Kitman Labs’ ‘The Football Intelligence Platform” to assist with ushering in an analytics driven, all-in-one, solution for all.
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