The English Schools’ FA is delighted to announce a brand new partnership with Catapult Sports, the global leader in elite sports performance technology.
The partnership has already seen Catapult’s PlayerTek Team technology used by the ESFA’s two England Squads, optimising their training and development through performance tracking. ESFA affiliated schools and Associations will now also benefit from a discounted rate on Catapult’s award winning PlayerTek devices, as well as having the opportunity to try out Catapult’s new technology, PLAYR, with in-built sports science advice.
PlayerTek is the pioneering sports-performance tracking system that helps team managers make informed decisions by using technology that has previously only been available to the elite. Team managers can use PlayerTek to scientifically monitor player performances across training sessions and matches; tracking 10 main metrics, including speed, distance, power and player load. Using the information gathered to measure the physical performance of players, coaches can strategically plan how to push players to greater game performance, and reduce the risk of injury.
The perfect fit
The benefits of PlayerTek Team for use within schools’ football make it the perfect fit for a partnership with the English Schools’ FA. Giving both coaches and players the chance to view and analyse their playing statistics, the package provides an abundance of learning opportunities which can be utilised by PE teachers within lessons; continuing to showcase the versatility of football within an educational environment.
Richy Alderson, ESFA England U18 Team Manager said “The England U18 Schoolboys squad have already been utilising the technology and using the data to motivate themselves to run faster, further and longer in training and in games. The heat maps are also good for players and coaches alike to highlight where players spent most of their time on the pitch, relative to their position. Overall, the system is easy to use and a great tool to analyse data performance. I would recommend this product to any elite athlete”
Kieran Dannatt, Director of Sales at PlayerTek said; “We’re proud to partner with the English Schools FA; our cutting edge devices will help an already successful organisation embed new technology, with PlayerTek, into training, match day and the classroom. We look forward to helping the next generation of footballers improve their performance and sharing in their success at the end of the season.”
More to come
Look out for further information and updates on the new ESFA and Catapult partnership as we embark on this exciting new venture together. You can take a look at Catapult’s page on our website here or, for any further information on the benefits of PlayerTek for your teams, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org directly.
The National Governing Body for Schools’ Football in England.