Saracens has signed a performance agreement with elite sports analytics specialists, Catapult Sports, to track and improve team performance.
Winners of the 2019 European Champions Cup final, as well as the 2017/18 English Premiership, Saracens has utilised Catapult to enjoy a period of success over the last few years. The extended agreement lasting until 2022 will mean that Saracens are the first premiership rugby club in the UK to use Catapult’s new vision software, in addition to Catapult’s latest wearable technology product Vector.
Sam Raven, Rugby Business Development Manager, UK, commented: “We are delighted to be continuing our performance agreement with Saracens. A well known rugby powerhouse and innovator in their field, I believe they will benefit enormously from our Vision video software, and new Vector devices. We are looking forward to providing them with the highest level of accuracy and efficiency, empowering coaches to make critical decisions about performance, risk and return to play”.
Catapult’s wearable devices contains sensors that collect data from fitness and skill levels, to specific training techniques and tactical performance, including scrums and tackles, helping coaches assess risk of injury, and progress of rehabilitation. Both the senior team and the senior academy will use Catapult’s new Vector product, sport’s most advanced athlete tracking product, which is being released to clubs in May.
Vision, Catapult’s recently launched video analysis platform, will be used to synchronise Saracens’ wearable data with video, enabling them to add context and insight to the data, and analyse performance from a holistic point of view.
Head of Performance at Saracens, Phil Morrow, added: “Catapult’s world leading technology and support makes us confident that we can continue our success over the next few seasons. Being the first Premiership rugby team to use Catapult’s new Vision software to integrate wearable data and video analysis is a very exciting prospect. We look forward to using the integrated technologies to continue to push the boundaries of performance at Saracens over the coming seasons.”