Wellington Phoenix have reached a deal with world leading Kitman Labs to use its centralised operating system for athlete management.
The Phoenix will use the whole range of services offered by the firm through its Intelligence Platform – including talent development, performance optimisation, and performance medicine – for both the men’s and women’s first teams as well as the club’s academy.
The platform creates a single, interactive system using medical, performance, and talent development data that produces useful insight to support certain operating and performance results.
Kitman Labs is the premier provider of sports science and performance analytics. Top teams, leagues, and organisations in a range of sports, as well as defence groups, utilise its athlete management software and platform to maximise performance, lower the chance of injury, and improve general wellbeing. With operations in Manchester and Dublin, Kitman Labs is headquartered in Silicon Valley.
They have worked with a number of teams and the company’s technology has been used by football clubs which include Bayer Leverkusen, Malmö FF and Columbus Crew.
This will benefit the Phoenix as essential information will be consolidated and integrated by implementing the Intelligence Platform throughout every division of the Wellington Phoenix, supporting the academy and first teams for both the men’s and women’s teams.
Wellington Phoenix director of football Shaun Gill has welcomed the partnership.
“Football clubs are no different than any other complex organisation faced with significant amounts of incoming data and information,” he said.
“Kitman Labs will give us a comprehensive, real-time view of every player at all levels across the club and will provide the analytics necessary to support informed, strategic decision-making – whether that’s related to our development and recruitment objectives or athlete performance and health.”
CEO and founder of Kitman Labs, Stephen Smith added via statement:
“The Intelligence Platform has been designed to unify data, people and processes to support informed decision-making, streamline operations and yield the action plan necessary to achieve critical performance outcomes,” he said outlining why his company is beneficial for the Phoenix and other clubs.
The partnership will see both organisations collaborate ahead of the 2023/2024 A-Leagues season and potentially several more years.