Catapult signs RFL deal

05 Dec 2017

By: Sport Industry Group

Catapult Sports and the Rugby Football League (RFL) have announced a new partnership, with Catapult set to supply 390 S5 tracking units to all 12 teams in the Super League, as well as the England National Rugby League team. 

The organisation will also embed Catapult’s athlete performance monitoring platform throughout the squads, which will be used in both training and matches in 2018.

The latest agreement will explore live match-day tracking using Catapult’s ClearSky technology.

For the 2018 Super League season, the RFL and Catapult will investigate data commercialisation opportunities to use live metrics supported by Catapult.

Roger Draper, chief commercial officer at the RFL, said: “Catapult’s wearable analytics will be deployed to all twelve of our Super League teams, having already been used by the England Men’s National Team at the Rugby League World Cup 2017.

“The RFL have long been associated with technology innovation and our partnership with Catapult enhances our technology credentials as we explore new opportunities for live match-day tracking and grassroots wearables.” Draper added. “We selected Catapult for their analytics platform capabilities, their service model and the opportunity to explore new commercial opportunities. We are extremely excited about the partnership for the Super League and our teams.”

Joe Powell, Catapult’s chief executive officer, said: “We’re delighted to be able to work in partnership with the RFL and the Super League as they ramp up their use of innovative technology to enhance performance amongst their athletes and teams. We’re equally excited to explore potential data broadcast opportunities, following the success of this year’s State of Origin project. The pursuit of league-wide deals continues to be a key focus for us here at Catapult and we’re grateful to RFL for the opportunity to partner.”