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Is Iterpro the way forward for Australian clubs?

UK-based Iterpro is the first company to provide a business intelligence solution in the football industry, that gives clubs, federations and leagues a centralised system for asset management.

Iterpro’s system aims to improve the communication between each football club department.

As the role of each department within a club continues to grow, so does the use of the accompanying technology.

For example, there are GPS businesses with accompanying software, medical and financial software specifically used for football clubs, tracking technologies, performance analysis tools and much more.

A range of athlete management software businesses also exist, which collect important information but are reliant on experts at the clubs to make sense of the data.

Because of the use of all of this specialist software, communication problems exist between departments.

Iterpro’s goal as a company is to simplify and display the most relevant information to the most relevant departments.

If a sports scientist within the organisation completes a detailed report on the squad, it makes sense to want the manager and other departments to have an easily readable overview of the report.

Showcasing the right information to the right people is extremely valuable.

Dr. Alberto Calicchio, Head of Medical at the AC Milan Academy said: “Iterpro has almost eradicated communication problems between staff members, and simultaneously expanded the opportunity to share data remotely with other departments. This, together with the possibility to analyse data and performance statistics, has been a huge step forward for us.

“What I like the most is that every step, from medical and rehab to the return to play process, is easily understandable by an external figure. It’s not only for doctors and sports scientists.

“In practical terms, the manager, or eventually the Director, can check the players’ status in every moment, even if he doesn’t come to our training ground in Vismara. This is vitally important for us.”

AC Milan renewed its partnership with Iterpro in December 2019 for a further three years.

Other clubs in partnership with Iterpro include Serie A sides Bologna FC and Torino FC, as well as Serie C side AC Monza.

Simon Barjie, Performance Manager at AC Monza said: “Since Iterpro was implemented at Monza we noticed that we became way more time-efficient: being able to collect and interpret data in order to give prompt feedback to the coaching staff – as well as individual players – has been something extraordinary.

“We now have a clear general overview, but at the same time a specific real-time snapshot of the squad, which allows us to effectively share information between departments (coaching, performance, medical).”

Iterpro’s focus on communication allows club partners to make better decisions, faster. This is a vital element in the football landscape.

Andrea Tedesco, Assistant Manager at UC Craivoa said: “Sharing information is progressively becoming crucial in football since important decisions need to be taken in a very limited amount of time. Iterpro has revolutionised the way we work.”

Iterpro continues to work with its partners and third parties to build new features to expand its system.

They have an integration with Wyscout, which gives scouting departments access to information from every professional league in the world.

Other features include a transfer dashboard on the Iterpro platform, which can be used to run simulations on the transfer window. This gives clubs the understanding on how these transfers will affect club budgets. Therefore, this data is of benefit to both the scouting and finance departments.

In the finance department, Iterpro’s system gives partners the chance to use data from player management to asset management. Every transfer and wage payment are a significant investment, with a player being the main financial asset for a club.

Player contracts are recorded on the Iterpro system, with a contract and clause builder functionality also incorporated. The finance department has the ability to receive alerts when a player is getting close to triggering a certain clause, such as an extra payment for a performance related bonus.

An app has also been designed for partners, which showcases the same data as the platform version. It is presented in a more condensed way however, with directors and key personnel at clubs finding it extremely convenient.

Finally, Iterpro offers clubs, leagues and federations further opportunities to expand revenue streams with their system. Recently, a league approached the company asking how their member clubs could reduce insurance premiums to focus on other financial benefits.

With a firm focus on product development and growth of the company, Iterpro has partnered with a significant player in football finance to enhance its offerings. The company has recently hired workers with experience in the financial side of professional football.

The time could be approaching for Australian clubs to consider Iterpro as a worthwhile investment.

 

 

Philip Panas is a sports journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy and industry matters, drawing on his knowledge and passion of the game.

AFF Suzuki Cup gains enhanced coverage alongside digital platform Goal

AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 has joined forces with Footballco, allowing their flagship digital platform Goal to become the Official Football Website Partner. 

AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 has joined forces with the world’s biggest football content and media business Footballco, allowing their flagship digital platform Goal to become the Official Football Website Partner of the tournament.

The exciting partnership will mark the first time that South East Asia’s top football tournament will collaborate with Goal to increase the Championship’s reach.

Goal will be given exclusive access to the tournament, involving behind-the-scenes access and rights to use archive videos, capturing and producing compelling content. The tournament is expected to reach 10 million website and app users throughout Southeast Asia, while a social reach extends to more than 50 million for fans in the region.

Andy Jackson, VP of Media for APAC, Footballco:

“We are delighted to partner with the AFF Suzuki Cup which will undoubtedly allow us to bring the 50 million South East Asian fans Goal reaches each month, much closer to the tournament that they care about the most. We have a number of new and exciting editorial initiatives in the pipeline leading into this year’s tournament that will build excitement and anticipation amongst fans by celebrating the rich history of the tournament, shining a light on the emerging stars as well as presenting Suzuki Cup sponsors with the opportunity to benefit from the unrivalled scale we offer in the region.”

Tilman Wendt, Executive Director, Digital & Brand Marketing – SEA, Sportfive:

“We know that football fans in ASEAN have been anxiously waiting for football to return after the pandemic. With the AFF Suzuki Cup centred around the thrilling regional football rivalries and the great passion of fans, the partnership with Goal is a great opportunity for us to not only amplify the tournament campaign #RivalriesNeverDie but also a chance to create unique stories to engage with Goal’s digital audience across South East Asia. By combining Goal’s and Sportfive’s capabilities, we are confident that we can maximise the content for the benefit of our fans.”

The AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 is scheduled to take place from December 5 2021 to January 1 2022, due to the tournament being postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Vicsport partnership with AED Authority to assist clubs

Vicsport has announced a partnership with AED Authority, giving better access to AEDs for Victorian sports clubs.

Vicsport has announced a partnership with AED Authority Australia, as the defibrillator supplier will give better access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for Victorian sports clubs.

The improved availability of AEDs can help sports clubs be on the front foot when it comes to developing and executing emergency response plans that save lives of participants.

Vicsport’s extensive network from over 30 years of service, including 16,000 clubs and associations and over 3.9 million participants, are those who make a significant contribution to the social, physical, mental and economic wellbeing of the Victorian community.

An AED offers a portable, easy-to-use device that delivers controlled shock to an individual showing symptoms of a cardiac arrest – when the heart stops beating.

It is something that can occur to anyone, anywhere and any time, so clubs must be alert especially if it happens on the field.

Every year in Australia, around 33,000 people experience a cardiac arrest out of hospital, but as few as 5% of these people are able to survive.

A privately owned health and safety company, AED Authority aims to improve Australia sudden cardiac arrest survival rate. They help customers distinguish fact from fiction when considering an AED program, demonstrating how simple a defibrillator can be to save a life. An early use of defibrillator leads to a 70% survival rate.

Managing Director of AED Authority, Paul Klein:

“We’re excited to partner with Vicsport. AEDs are valuable protection for athletes in all fields and their communities.”

“Even healthy seemingly, low-risk youth can have underlying heart conditions that are triggered by strenuous activities. Making an AED part of every club’s emergency response plan can save lives.”

Vicsport CEO Lisa Hasker:

“Vicsport is looking forward to working with AED Authority in order to provide safe environments for all sporting clubs in Victoria.”

AED Authority knows that the purchase of a defibrillator can be confusing, based on years of experience with AED sales and management programs. This new partnership can take all the question marks out of the equation, by assisting clubs with all aspects behind a successful AED program: from site assessment and device selection, to monitoring and maintenance in conjunction with special Vicsport member packages.

Survey reveals technology enhances 76% of fans’ enjoyment of sport

Social media enhancing football

Slow motion, instant replays and the ability to rewind live TV are fans’ favourite innovations in sports broadcasting, according to new research commissioned by BT Sport.

Alongside its launch of Innovate 21 – a new competition seeking the next big tech innovation in sports broadcasting,  research of 2,000 sports fans across the UK took place. The surveys sought fans views on tech innovations across the world of sport, both on and off the pitch, from developments in how sport is broadcast to innovations on the field of play.

The research found that 76% of fans believe that tech has a positive impact on sports TV while also revealing football is the sport most fans (49%) believe is best utilising tech to enhance sports viewing.

When it comes to fans’ takes on the best innovative additions on the pitch, goal-line technology (32%), Hawk-Eye (27%) and photo finish imagery (26%) were deemed the best enhancements by fans. In terms of their least favourite innovations, football’s video assistant referee system (VAR) was voted for by more fans (31%) than any other tech.

Overall, the studies found that 74% of fans believe access to technology has expanded the reach of sport to a greater audience than ever before, with people often watching sport on a PC or laptop (53%) or consuming the same content on their smart phones (41%). More than six in ten also believe that tech innovation has ensured that watching sport is a more sociable experience.

“There have been many impressive tech developments in the worlds of sport and broadcasting, and this research has highlighted the importance of tech for sports viewers,” BT Sport Chief Operating Officer Jamie Hindhaugh said.

“Sport and sports broadcasting do not stand still though, and we are committed to remaining at the forefront of innovation. This is why we’ve launched Innovate 21 to create the opportunity for someone to make a game changing mark on the world of sport broadcasting.”

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